Only one catastrophe bond has ever been triggered and the market has tripled since 2005. Could losses in 2008 put off investors who are not accustomed to paying out? asks Lindsey Rogerson.
More success in tracking hurricane activity over periods of five years or more
Insurers have taken significant steps but more is needed to combat climate change, say industry leaders at the World Insurance Forum
Cat bond issued through Queen Street programme; Securitises aggregate windstorm losses for the first time
German reinsurer sees profits surge by 42.6% despite a drop in premiums
Germany and Austria are expected to account for more than half the losses
Strong winds caused damage and disruption in Germany, Austria, Poland and Czech Republic, says RMS
UK floods, European storm, Australian floods and US wildfires cost Class of 2005 reinsurer $192.9m
Almost $70m raised in the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility's first year
The Class of 2005 have had an easy ride so far. Could 2008 be the year that finally tests them properly?
RMS' Paradex Europe Windstorm uses the modelled relationship between wind speed and damage to calculate insured loss estimates
"Horrific" loss of life but benign catastrophe year mean losses retained by primaries
The world’s largest insured catastrophe loss of 2007 occurred in Europe. Dr David Maréchal and Dr Jane Toothill warn underwriters not to underestimate the region’s loss potential.
Despite the low level of losses, 2007 had more catastrophes than any other year on record, reveals Angelika Wirtz.
Storms killed nearly 50 people and destroyed property across the Mid-South
A Florida Senate panel grills the insurer after banning it from the state
Premiums down; attachment point decreased to one in 15 year events
Wind speeds associated with this winter's storms have been relatively light
Benfield scientists say sea surface warming was responsible for about 40% of the increase in Atlantic hurricane activity
Dr Steve Smith to become president of property solutions for ReAdvisory
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