Best of Artemis, week ending 3rd June 2012


The last seven days saw another busy week of news and insight for the catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities market here on Artemis. Also last week, the Atlantic hurricane season has now officially begun and you can follow its development on our dedicated 2012 Hurricane Season page. 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 3rd June 2012:

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  1. Catastrophe bond pricing becoming decoupled from reinsurance market pricing
    Investor motivations for buying into cat bonds are different to reinsurers meaning that their drivers for pricing are different and this is resulting in a decoupling of cat bonds from traditional reinsurance pricing.
  2. Further earthquake aftershocks in Italy increase insured losses
    Italy continues to suffer from aftershocks, there has been another today. These add to the damage now that older buildings are weakened and will raise the insured loss.
  3. Pension funds fueling demand for catastrophe bonds
    Pension funds continue to be the source of much of the new capital flowing into the cat bond and insurance-linked securities market.
  4. Dewey & LeBoeuf files for bankruptcy after losing majority of partners
    Lawfirm Dewey & LeBoeuf having lost many of their top partners are now filing for bankruptcy.
  5. Nuclear Electric Insurance increases allocation to ILS with Anchor Risk Advisors
    Anchor Risk Advisors are growing their assets under management with a new commitment from this insurer.
  6. Swiss Re selling its Admin Re business in the U.S.
    Swiss Re offload some of their Admin Re business to an arm of Prudential. Swiss Re will continue to focus on Admin Re in the UK and Europe.
  7. Catastrophe bond price return index climbs in last week
    The cat bond price return index manages its biggest weekly rise for quite a while. Will the indices stabilise now that we enter a period when issuance is traditionally slower?
  8. The extraterritorial reach of Rule 10b-5 and its applicability to insurance-linked securities
    An interesting legal memo discusses this rule which pertains to fraudulent claims in securities offerings.
  9. LGT Group completes purchase of Clariden Leu insurance-linked investment business
    The purchase of Clariden Leu’s ILS funds and management team is now complete and LGT can now focus on growing their newly acquired insurance-linked investment operations.
  10. IAIS to identify globally systemically important insurers, ILS are a factor
    ILS and catastrophe bonds are a factor that will be considered when the IAIS assess an insurer or reinsurer to see how systemically important they may be.
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