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Weaknesses in the structural make-up of catastrophe bonds, exposed by Lehman Brothers' collapse, have prompted issuers to introduce a series of updates to the asset class aimed at de-correlating insurance risk from credit risk. Hardeep Dhillon reports...
The fall in central and eastern European currencies has triggered a debt crisis in the region, causing many investors to panic and take flight.But not life insurers, who still see huge potential in the markets there. Blake Evans-Pritchard reports
Austria's Financial Market Authority (FMA) maintains a fairly conservative approach to the supervision of insurance firms, which has shielded many of them from the worst effects of the financial crisis. But with Solvency II around the corner, how far...
The fall in equity prices, combined with a sharp drop in bond yields, has decimated the funding positions of pension schemes across the globe. With many companies tottering under the weight of ballooning pension deficits, could this be the spark for the...
What is the real story with Quantum Asset Management? Mark Mathias, chief executive of the UK distributor, told journalists at the beginning of April that Quantum did not see any attractive opportunities in the structured products market in the immediate...
The precipitous decline in long-term bond and swap rates at the end of 2008 focused attention on how to truly value long-term liabilities. Storebrand says it has come up with a market-consistent solution that, if integrated into Solvency II, would stabilise...
This handy guide reviews the various steps banks are taking to improve their risk management techniques, looking at the benefits and pitfalls of each one.
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