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January 2008/1

  • Of the $6bn+ of sidecar capital due to expire at the end of 2007, $4.12bn was cancelled and a further $1.96bn was renewed into 2008 – typically into smaller vehicles – Trading Risk’
  • Investment banks’ involvement in risk transfer to the capital markets poses a serious threat to traditional brokers, according to a groundbreaking survey of senior London Market executives by T
  • The secondary market in cat bonds has seen increased trading at the start of 2008, with Swiss Re Capital Markets having completed “one, sometimes two, trades per day this year”, according
  • The continued development of catastrophe derivatives trading will be fuelled by the “flexibility of the over-the-counter (OTC) markets”, according to Rob Turner of newlylaunched derivativ
  • The California Earthquake Authority’s (CEA) $496mn Redwood X transaction, launched on 31 December 2007, brought to a close a busy season for cat bonds – taking total natural catastrophe b
  • Despite strong interest in Industry Loss Warranty products in the last three months, the volume of closed transactions has been low, with pricing continuing to come under pressure. “November, D
  • Imagine getting paid for a catastrophe loss before it has even happened? It’s the dream scenario for many cat exposed insurers but, according to Neil Eckert, is also one of the reasons why his