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Best of Artemis, week ending 20th November 2011


Another busy week of news in the markets we cover has passed. This week we covered the launch of a Bermuda based cat bond issuance platform promising low-cost low-friction issuance for all, we also wrote about the plans of the TWIA to access the cat bond market during 2012 and another private cat bond issuance, this time from Solidum.  If you missed these or any other stories you can catch up on our articles from the last week with the top ten most read stories on Artemis.

Top ten most viewed articles on, week ending 20th November 2011:

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  1. Dunamis launches innovative, cost-effective catastrophe bond platform Kalista
    Dunamis Holdings announced the launch of their Kalista catastrophe bond issuance platform through which they offer low-cost, low-friction cat bond issuance for anyone seeking an easier way to access the market. They aim to take some of the complexity out of cat bond issuance for new sponsors, experienced issuers seeking an easier way to access the market and those looking to try out new types of risk in cat bond form.
  2. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association exploring March 2012 catastrophe bond
    The TWIA discussed cat bonds last week and have agreed to take a proposal to their next Board meeting in December suggesting they issue a cat bond in late March 2012 as part of their reinsurance program.
  3. IAIS: non-traditional re/insurance activities increase exposure to financial markets
    The IAIS published a paper which discusses whether the re/insurance industry poses any systemic risk through its interconnectedness with the wider financial markets. The general opinion was no, but those engaging in non-traditional activities which were more akin to investment banking did have greater risk of becoming part of the wider systemic risk problems.
  4. Solidum participates as underwriter in CEA reinsurance program, transforms it to private cat bond
    Solidum Partners underwrote some of the CEA’s reinsurance renewal and rather than hold that risk or cede it to another reinsurer they transformed it into a private cat bond for their fund and private institutional investors.
  5. Flooding in France and Italy to become the latest large insured loss
    Recent flooding from a rare Mediterranean low pressure system could have caused over $1 billion in insured losses once the final tally is in.
  6. Europa Re receives grant to develop catastrophe and weather-risk insurance markets
    Southeast Europe and the Caucasus are destined to have access to new re/insurance tools and products through Europa Re after it received a grant to create new markets and products such as parametric insurance for the region.
  7. California Earthquake Authority planning next catastrophe bond for January
    The CEA say they will return to the cat bond market in January if the conditions are right and they can again achieve pricing cheaper than their traditional reinsurance options.
  8. Cat bonds still an option for New Zealand as insurance market adjusts post-quakes
    Cat bonds are still one of the options on the table in New Zealand as the re/insurance market continues to come to terms with the new post-quake market conditions.
  9. AIR Worldwide’s new flood model could help the flood cat bond cause
    A new flood model from AIR could help to develop a flood cat bond. The new model launched in Germany but is expected to be rolled out across Europe.
  10. Pension risk transfer market to hit records for 2011
    This year is expected to see record volumes of pension risk transfer deals by the end of it. 2012 looks like it will also be busy as pension schemes seek to offload risks including longevity.
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