Protection policies

Swiss Re has been punished for its proximity to financial markets recently, taking sizeable mark-to-market losses on its credit default swap portfolio. Nonetheless, the firm is reinforcing its risk management practices - and it continues to innovate in other areas. By Mark Pengelly


Swiss Re is known to many in risk management as a creature of the twilight zone, inhabiting the space where banking and insurance converge. In the face of a financial market crisis stirred up by losses on US subprime mortgages, however, some might question the wisdom of its positioning.

Following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, and with New York-based insurer American International Group (AIG) struggling to cope with massive writedowns on its credit derivatives portfolio, Swiss Re hastily

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