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Best of Artemis, week ending 25th March 2012


It’s been another busy week for news here on Artemis. With a cat bond threatened by an earthquake and saved by the parametric zones which had been defined, the completion of Combine Re Ltd., news of a new firm wanting to make liability cat bonds a viable proposition and more developments in the longevity risk space. Here are the ten articles which received the most views of the last seven days on Artemis.

Top ten most viewed articles on, week ending 25th March 2012:

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  1. Earthquake could threaten Multicat Mexico 2009 catastrophe bond Class A notes
    A large earthquake in Mexico causes some concern as the location is very close to the area where the MultiCat Mexico catastrophe bond notes could have been triggered. The earthquake was in the end further south than it needed to be to become a qualifying event but this was a close shave for the parametric cat bond.
  2. Willkie Farr & Gallagher hires ILS and reinsurance convergence law team
    Law firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher have hired a team containing many ILS and cat bond experienced lawyers. Expect to see them much more involved in the sector in future.
  3. RMS and RAND Corporation launch Praedicat, aim to facilitate liability catastrophe bonds
    The launch of Praedicat Inc., a new joint venture from RMS and RAND, promises to deliver the modelling technology required to facilitate the issuance of liability catastrophe bonds.
  4. Combine Re catastrophe bond gets provisional ratings from Moody’s
    The Combine Re cat bond gets its provisional rating and one tranche is rated investment grade. This cat bond has now completed, our latest article on Combine Re Ltd. can be found here.
  5. £40 billion of UK pensioner longevity risk already transferred
    The UK’s pension schemes are taking the lead in longevity risk transfer and the market there is expected to keep growing.
  6. Life and Longevity Markets Association launches four longevity indices
    The LLMA launch their own longevity indices hoping that they will help to broaden the market for longevity swaps by offering a benchmark against which deals can be transacted.
  7. Reduced secondary market catastrophe bond prices an opportunity for new investors
    The fall in prices of outstanding catastrophe bonds offers new investors to the sector an opportunity to start building a portfolio more cheaply than before.
  8. Alterra Capital to launch New Point V sidecar
    Alterra seek to finance and launch another sidecar in advance of the mid-year renewals.
  9. Catastrophe bond market could double in size to $30 billion by 2016
    The size of the outstanding cat bond market could double to near $30 billion by 2016 according to quotes from Axa Investment Managers Christophe Fritsch.
  10. Above average start to U.S. tornado season to have no impact on catastrophe bonds
    Despite an above average start to the season, currently 2012 U.S. tornadoes do not pose a threat to any outstanding cat bonds.
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