November 28th, 2017

The Transfer of Pandemic Risk from the Public Sector

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on pandemic risk and the role of the capital markets to transfer risk from the public sector.

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives - Pandemic Risk: Public entities’ use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity for the assumption of natural disaster losses, such as the cost of emergency relief and infrastructure and property damage has demonstrated success in de-risking public sector balance sheets. Capital markets innovators are beginning to leverage the outcomes achieved in the natural disaster sphere to other types of public sector severity losses, notably pandemic diseases. The capital markets may help fund resources to rapidly contain the spread of a pandemic, share the burden of associated medical expenses and/or manage the financial impact of the higher mortality rates.

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GC Securities* Supports First Ever World Bank Catastrophe Bonds and Catastrophe-linked Swaps to Combat Infectious Disease: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, participated in today’s pricing of bonds and catastrophe-linked swaps supporting pandemic risk. Part of an innovative new public-private partnership aimed at improving global resiliency and health security, the mechanism provides surge funding to developing countries facing a possible pandemic outbreak. GC Securities served as co-manager of the bonds and joint arranger of the swaps. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) was used by AIR Worldwide to provide expert risk modeling.

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