Reinsurers hit capital markets

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European insurance companies have increased their use of the capital markets to transfer new types of insurance risk via securitisation. Two innovative deals have already been launched as insurance firms look for new ways to optimise capital, and analysts expect more transactions to emerge this year.

"The need for more capital is new and it comes from pressure from regulators," says Maren Josefs, an analyst at Standard & Poor's in London. "Insurance companies are looking at their sources of

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