Catastrophe bond indices on the up so far in 2010

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We haven’t taken a look at the Swiss Re cat bond indices since the end of 2009. I thought it would be good to take a look at how the indices are fairing so far in 2010.

The Swiss Re Cat Bond Price Return Index, tracking the price return for all outstanding USD denominated cat bonds (which you can quote and chart through Bloomberg here), has recovered from its slight dip at the end of 2009 and has climbed a few points since then.

The Swiss Re Cat Bond Total Return Index, tracking the total rate of return for all outstanding USD denominated cat bonds (which you can quote and chart through Bloomberg here),has continued its climbing trend from 2009 and still sits at an all time high.

So interest remains high (as evidenced by the indices) and seems set to remain so. The first month or so of the year are always slower on issuance but we hear the deal pipeline is strong and expect to see new deals come to market in the next month or so. That should spur further trading and rises to these indices.

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