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Best of Artemis, week ending 13th November 2011


The last week has seen the launch of another catastrophe bond investment opportunity for retail investors, much analysis of the health of the insurance-linked securities market and some insight into potential regulatory pressures which may affect these markets amongst other topics we have covered.  Here’s a chance for our readers to catch up on any news you have missed over the last week with the top ten most read stories on Artemis from the last seven days.

Top ten most viewed articles on, week ending 13th November 2011:

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  1. Willis publishes Q3 2011 insurance-linked securities market report
    The report discusses the $676m of cat bond and ILS deals which came to market during Q3 and some of the issues and opportunities currently facing the market.
  2. Prudential completes $723m longevity reinsurance transaction
    The largest longevity reinsurance transaction we know of saw Prudential reinsure a large amount of longevity risk from  Goldman Sachs subsidiary Rothesay Life.
  3. Opportunities for investors in catastrophe risks (now including retail investors)
    A discussion of some of the opportunities catastrophe risk offers to investors not limited to institutional investors any more now that retail opportunities are becoming more widely accessible.
  4. Pending regulation threatens increased cost and complexity for cat bond issuance
    Some interesting insight into two pieces of pending U.S. regulation which could affect the cat bond market by raising the cost of issuance and making the whole process more complex.
  5. GAM launches UCITS cat bond fund, brings ILS opportunities to retail investors
    This new cat bond fund offers the chance for retail investors to access the ILS sector and achieve the returns and diversification which the asset class is so famous for.
  6. Private cat bond or ILS transactions may be more expensive than you think
    It’s been widely mooted that private transactions are cheaper and easier to bring to market. Not always true, sometimes they can come with additional costs both in terms of finance and effort to get a deal to market.
  7. Pressures likely to lead the reinsurance industry to adjust its capital structure
    Bermuda reinsurance experts say that the reinsurance industry is seeing an increasing trend towards external capital leading their underwriting efforts as the traditional reinsurance model becomes less common.
  8. Muteki loss helps to offset Munich Re’s write down on Greek government bonds
    The write up that Munich Re booked in their results for the payout from Muteki Ltd serves to offset some of their write downs suffered due to the Eurozone crisis.
  9. Compass Re Ltd. 2011-1 catastrophe bond comes to market for Chartis subsidiary
    The latest cat bond from Chartis group which is seeking to secure $275m of U.S. hurricane and earthquake cover for one of their subsidiaries.
  10. Secquaero Advisors expect strong growth for securitization of risk
    Boutique Swiss investment house Secquaero expect to see strong growth in the insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond markets.
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