Pandemic bond to pay World Bank if coronavirus advances

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By Jasper Cox
30 Jan 2020

As financial markets fretted over the spread of a coronavirus outbreak in China this week, one security was in the firing line more directly than any other. Holders of the World Bank’s pandemic bond will lose principal if the disease spreads by a sufficient amount, writes Jasper Cox.

The World Bank’s pandemic bond, issued in 2017, provides funding for the development bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) if an outbreak of one of six viruses meets certain conditions.

Holders of the $320m worth insurance-linked securities (ILS) are paid a coupon that would look generous in many conventional ...

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