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Shanghai Insurance Exchange could launch within days

The anticipated Shanghai Insurance Exchange could launch as early as this weekend, according to reports in Chinese news media. While product specifics remain private, reports suggest the exchange will facilitate insurance derivatives and other forms of risk securitization at some stage.With $343 million (2.235bn yuan) of required financing being secured read the full article →

Shanghai Insurance Exchange financing secured, launch nears

Local Chinese news media reports that a launch of the Shanghai Insurance Exchange is edging ever nearer, with a reported 91 companies having agreed to contribute a combined $343 million (2.235bn yuan) of capital to launch the exchange.Noise of China’s plans to establish the Shanghai Insurance Exchange first circulated back read the full article →

HURLOs want to bring hurricane hedging to everyone

Remember HURLOs? Hurricane Risk Landfall Options? They were launched in October 2008 by Weather Risk Solutions, LLC (WRS) and promised a mutualized marketplace for hurricane options (our previous coverage here and here). To date they've been dabbled with by investment professionals but we haven't heard a great deal more until read the full article →

Gustav causing increased interest in catastrophe options

Gustav is still traversing the Caribbean this morning. Jamaica bore the brunt of it's near hurricane force winds a few hours ago and the Caymans are next in it's path.Interest in catastrophe options such as cat-in-a-box deals has risen considerably with offshore oil platform owners getting nervous and checking out read the full article →