Growing market for mortality bonds

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In a sign of the developing market in transferring mortality risk, European insurers, Swiss Re and Axa, have both launched mortality catastrophe bonds. For Swiss Re it is the third such issue by the Zurich-based reinsurance group, while Axa is entering the arena following an auto insurance securitisation earlier this year.

As with its earlier issue, Swiss Re's bond is being issued via a special-purpose vehicle (SPV) entitled Vita Capital III, which will be the vehicle for the insurers move up

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