Insurance Risk - 2009-07-01

Double jeopardy

Accurately estimating longevity risk has been a thankless task for insurers, but questions are being raised that Solvency II's standard model could result in companies 'double counting' their capital requirements for this risk. Aaron Woolner Reports

Red dawn for Russian securitisation

It has been a dark time for Russia's securitisation market, but the addition of RMBS to the list of eligible assets for the central bank repo facility is raising hopes that a wave of new deals will herald a return of investor demand and re-energise the…

Agency brokers: Back in vogue

In the old days, before the advent of the all-singing, all-dancing full service investment banks, agency brokers used to represent an important, if niche part of the credit trading business. Now, after a period in the wilderness, these agency brokerages…

A long road but a clear view

Progress has already been made in establishing central clearing for credit default swaps but it will take industry-wide cooperation and an eye for detail to finish the job.

Pimco's Pacific heights

Pimco (or Pacific Investment Management Co, to give it its full, somewhat unwieldy name) is the eight hundred pound gorilla of the fixed income markets. When the firm makes a major investment decision, like when it switched out of MBS in 2006, the world…

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