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September 2009/1

  • Interdealer Tradition Re is partnering with Lloyd’s broker Alwen Hough Johnson (AHJ) to access the Lloyd’s and London markets for specialised retro products, including industry loss warra
  • The insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector produced returns of 3.89 percent for the year to end-June 2009, down from 10.12 percent the previous year, according to Aon Benfield cat bond indices. In
  • The influential International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) is producing common standards and guidance relating to the supervision of (re)insurance risk transfer to the capital markets.
  • A further surge in recession-related credit losses has prompted Standard & Poor’s (S&P) to downgrade the notes of Crystal Credit – Swiss Re’s EUR252mn credit reinsurance securitisat
  • Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded two tranches of notes on Brit Insurance’s 2007 cat swap deal, Fremantle Ltd, as the likelihood of a loss diminishes while the transac
  • Moody's Investors Service is keeping a $67.5mn tranche of the 2008 Nelson Re cat bond from private equity-backed Swiss reinsurer Glacier Re under review for possible downgrade. The agency said that t
  • Swiss Re is close to launching a fourth extreme mortality bond in its Vita series, spurred by a deepening of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, Trading Risk understands. Although the target size of Vita IV
  • Leading ILS investor Clariden Leu is seeking to use the securitisation power of its Swiss bank franchise to transform insurance risk into much-needed investments for its flagship Cat Bond Fund. The $
  •  The picture emerging from the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous this September was of a healthy but fragmented reinsurance market, with adequate capacity dampening expectations of rating improvements in 2010.
  • Bermudian mutual insurer Oil Casualty Insurance Co (OCIL) has repurchased $7,012,000 of the Class B notes of Avalon Re – its loss-stricken 2005 excess liability cat bond. The tender offer to no
  • London-based ILS investment manager Securis Investment Partners has hired former Swiss Re trader Al Selius to start a New York office. Selius will be based in New York and will join the non-life orig
  • Secondary cat bond pricing has risen for the tenth consecutive week, according to Swiss Re, but Hannover Re still cited “attractive pricing” as a reason for repurchasing EUR30mn of its Me
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