Cat bond prospects looking up – Swiss Re

The completion of two recent catastrophe bond deals shows issuance prospects for the market are promising in 2010, says Markus Schmutz, head of insurance-linked securities structuring and origination at Swiss Re in New York, after the firm closed a deal to protect Swiss Re against insurance losses incurred due to earthquakes in California.

The transaction involved a $150 million cat bond placement as part of the reinsurer’s Redwood programme. Since 2001, Swiss Re has obtained $2.1 billion of pro

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