December 5th, 2008

Week’s Top Stories: Nov 29 - Dec 5, 2008

Posted at 1:05 AM ET

Climate Change: A Debate Reshapes (Re)Insurance: The climate change debate is likely to continue unabated well into the future. Even if it is not settled anytime soon, the debate itself has already begun to affect the (re)insurance industry.

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Reinsurance Pricing and the Changing Cost of Capital: Despite the ambiguity pervading financial and reinsurance markets, it is clear that systemic risk has increased.

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Swap Out Risk?: far-reaching effects of the ongoing global financial catastrophe have led investors and catastrophe bond sponsors to question the status quo.

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Book Value Update, Dec 1, 2008: The Guy Carpenter Global Composite’s aggregate book value is down 18 percent for the year, relatively unchanged over the past week.

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Reinsurer Diversification: The Guy Carpenter Model: Instrat®, Guy Carpenter’s quantitative services unit, has developed a reinsurer credit model. It allows an analyst to input a mixture of reinsurers and measure the impact of the diversification effect.

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Czech Republic: Catastrophe Reinsurance Market 2008: The Czech Republic has sufficient excess of loss catastrophe capacity available. Competition was quite strong during the renewal, although the reinsurance market remained harder than had been expected originally.

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