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Standard & Poor’s lowers ratings on six catastrophe bonds

News 21st July 2009

Yesterday Standard & Poor’s took action on six natural catastrophe bonds and lowered their ratings. All the bonds were deals placed during 2007 and 2008. Caelus Re Ltd. from Nationwide Mutual, Carillon Ltd. from Munich Re, East Lane Re Ltd and East Lane Re II Ltd. both from Chubb Group and Residential Re 2008 Ltd. […]

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AIR Worldwide models risks for $10b of catastrophe bonds

News 6th April 2009

AIR Worldwide has announced that it has now modeled the risks on over $10b worth of catastrophe bonds since the market took off in 1996. They also claim to have modeled the risks on over 56% of the deals struck since 2007. During 2008 they provided services to 70% of the catastrophe bond capital issued […]

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Lehman Brothers related cat bonds downgraded by S&P

News 30th September 2008

Standard & Poor’s have now downgraded all four of the catastrophe bonds which used Lehman Brothers Special Financing as the total return swap counterparty. The issuers of the bonds have terminated their swaps and are exploring their options and the lack of a counterparty is the reason for the following actions. ‘Ajax Re Ltd.’s class […]

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Lehman Brothers related catastrophe bonds on credit watch

News 17th September 2008

The other major catastrophe to hit the news in the past week is the demise of Lehman Brothers. As a result of the investment bank collapsing, Standard & Poor’s have downgraded four cat bonds which Lehman Brothers subsidiary Lehman Brothers Special Financing acted as swap counterparty on. The bonds in question are: – Ajax Re […]

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S&P updates default table, changes cat bond ratings

News 12th May 2008

Standard & Poor’s have amended a default table they use to help them rate insurance linked securitizations and catastrophe bonds. 11 cat bonds and six life mortality securitizations have been affected by the change. These default tables are amended occasionally to help S&P apply a rating that better reflects observed corporate defaults. Ratings on 8 […]

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