World Bank Sees Record Demand for Political Risk Insurance

Investors’ demand for insurance against political risk is on track to match last year’s record as instability persists in the Middle East and disputes in Latin America erode confidence, the World Bank said.

Investment insurance for developing economies by a group of the main public, private and multilateral providers reached $45 billion by mid-2013, according to the bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency unit. For all of last year, issuance totaled $88 billion even as foreign direct investment to the region fell 6 percent, it said.

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