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Best of Artemis, week ending 17th June 2012


Another week has passed and as usual on a Monday morning we start the week with an update for you on the most popular stories of the last week. This week it includes life insurance securitization, the size of the catastrophe bond market and news on the impact that capital market capital is having on the traditional reinsurance market. If you like these updates you should also subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Here are the ten articles which received the most views during the last seven days on Artemis.

Top ten most viewed articles on, week ending 17th June 2012:

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  1. Potential growing for life insurance-linked securitization: S&P
    Rating agency Standard & Poor’s reports on their recent insurance conference where one of the topics discussed was the potential for a resurgence of the life insurance, mortality and longevity insurance-linked securities market.
  2. RMS LifeRisks 2.0 to include excess mortality models as well as longevity
    Risk Management Solutions will soon launch a new version of their LifeRisks tool and V2.0 will include the ability to model excess mortality as well as longevity risks.
  3. Outstanding catastrophe bond capacity close to all time highs: Willis
    According to Willis’ calculations the cat bond market has grown very close to an all time high at the end of May.
  4. Increasing ability to sell catastrophe bonds a bright spot for re/insurance industry: S&P
    One of the bright spots in the reinsurance sector right now is the ability for it to issue and sell catastrophe bonds, say executives at the recent S&P conference
  5. EIOPA: Increased volume of catastrophe bond issuance is astonishing
    The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority highlight cat bonds as a feature of note in the insurance and reinsurance market in recent months.
  6. Thailand’s OIC to propose Asean catastrophe reinsurance fund
    In response to the losses caused by flooding in Thailand last year Thailand’s insurance regulator proposes the formation of a regional catastrophe reinsurance fund to pool resources.
  7. Catastrophe bond indices continue to climb, investors will benefit
    Cat bond indices continue their climb, which is again a little unseasonal, and investors stand to benefit from improved returns.
  8. Rating agencies differ on Prudential assuming pension & longevity risks from GM
    Some of the main rating agencies have commented on the recent Prudential – General Motors pension risk transfer deal and they have different opinions on the impact or benefits of the deal.
  9. Capital requirements for catastrophes could increase under Solvency II & RMS V11
    Interesting insight from a report published by Willis which looks at the impact of the new RMS European windstorm model to re/insurers capital requirements.
  10. Non-traditional reinsurance capacity puts pressure on traditional Bermuda
    The influx of capital market investor capital into non-traditional vehicles in the Bermuda market is having an impact on traditional players.
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