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Best of Artemis, week ending 4th December 2011


After another busy week of news in the market here’s your Monday morning chance to catch up. The catastrophe bond market has been busy again this week with new deals completing, other cat bonds still marketing and investors still coming to terms with another loss in the form of Mariah Re 2010-1. If you missed these or any other stories from the last seven days, you can catch up here with the top ten most read stories on Artemis.

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  1. Catastrophe bond market poised for significant issuance activity
    Guy Carpenters third-quarter catastrophe bond market review report suggests that we could be looking at a very busy next few months as they predict an active market through the start of 2012.
  2. S&P confirms Mariah Re Ltd. Series 2010-1 notes 100% loss of principal
    The total loss of the Mariah Re 2010-1 notes became apparent last week. A loss estimate for one event jumped significantly after it was classed as a metro rather than non-metro loss in the Kansas area.
  3. Renewable energy sector to use broader range of risk transfer products
    The renewable energy sector plans to make greater use of alternative risk transfer products to help fund projects, offset energy production risks and transfer weather risks associated with renewable energy projects.
  4. Rolls-Royce in £3 billion longevity swap with Deutsche Bank
    Engineering group Rolls-Royce offload some £3 billion of pension liabilities, for 37,000 pensioners to Deutsche Bank who in turn pass the risk onto reinsurers.
  5. A.M. Best suggest thunderstorm only cat bonds could get more costly
    Ratings agency A.M. Best give their opinion on the loss of the two Mariah Re severe thunderstorm cat bonds. We add our thoughts.
  6. SCOR’s Atlas VI Capital Ltd. 2011 cat bond receives preliminary rating
    The latest catastrophe bond from SCOR receives its preliminary rating from S&P and more details on the transaction emerge.
  7. Golden State Re Ltd. catastrophe bond to cover workers compensation losses from earthquakes
    The workers comp claim linked cat bond seeks to provide a new way to offset workers comp risks associated with earthquakes.
  8. Asian Development Bank looking at catastrophe bonds for the region
    Catastrophe bonds are once again a popular form of risk transfer in Asia and are looked at by the ADB.
  9. Nelson Re catastrophe bond extended again
    The Nelson Re cat bond, which was struck by hurricane Ike losses, is extended again as it’s still unclear whether investors will face losses or not.
  10. PCS increases insured industry loss estimate for hurricane Irene
    The loss estimate for hurricane Irene grows but it is unlikely to ever trouble the cat bonds which were in the storm’s path.
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