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    ILS: How to choose your trigger

    2009-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Dr Luzi Hitz takes a look under the hood of cat bonds. These bonds employ different trigger mechanisms: rules which determine a pay-out to sponsors.

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    ILS: The benefit of experience

    2009-04-14T00:00:00Z

    Last year was a slow but productive year in the cat bond market. Repeat issuers will continue to dominate, writes David Priebe.

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    Cats are back

    2009-03-12T00:00:00Z

    The cat bond new issues market may have disappointed last year. But don’t give up on cats yet, writes David Sandham

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    ILS is here to stay

    2008-12-18T00:00:00Z

    Martin Davies analyses the state of ILS investment, how different players make price comparisons, and the impact on the reinsurance markets.

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    Rethinking cat bonds

    2008-12-18T00:00:00Z

    David Sandham reports on how the cat bond market is currently on hold while key participants sort out how to provide greater transparency and stronger rules for underlying assets.

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    World bank buys weather derivatives

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Swiss Re has entered into a weather derivative contract with the International Development Association (IDA), an arm of the World Bank.Under the terms of the contract, Swiss Re will pay out up to $5m in the event that Malawi’s farmers suffer from a drought-related shortfall in maize production.

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    Cat asset rules to change

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Lehman Brothers’ filing for Chapter 11 protection has had a direct effect on the cat bond sector, and will change the rules governing the assets underlying cat bonds, writes David Sandham.

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    Safe cat in a storm

    2008-10-28T00:00:00Z

    As turmoil convulses the world’s financial markets, the uncorrelated nature of catastrophe bonds makes them stand out from the crowd, writes David Sandham.

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    $5bn new cat bonds for 2008?

    2008-09-06T00:00:00Z

    The cat bond market had a record year in 2007. What are prospects for the current year? David Sandham spoke to some of the leading players.

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    Betting on the weather

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    Weather derivatives have shed their post-Enron reputation as risky and exotic instruments. Lindsey Rogerson charts their impressive growth and asks if the attraction for investors is sustainable.