January 2nd, 2009

Week’s Top Stories: Dec 27, 2008 - Jan 2, 2009

Posted at 8:10 AM ET

2008 Catastrophe Update: A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season and above-average manmade catastrophe losses put 2008 among the costliest years on record. While the economic downturn dominated the headlines throughout the year, lurking in the shadows was one of the most active hurricane seasons on record.

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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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Accounting and Accountability: Fair Value and Convergence: Fair value accounting - also known as “mark-to-market” - has appeared in the headlines quite frequently, largely because of the ongoing financial catastrophe.

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Price Bottoms Out for Aviation: The aviation renewal came without surprises and generally without change. After years of cedent-advantaged market conditions, pricing stabilized. Terms and conditions showed little (if any) change, and quoting was timely and disciplined.

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Book Value Update, Dec 29, 2008: Book values are unchanged from last week. The S&P 500 Banks Index implied book value continues to show a 32 percent aggregate decline from December 31, 2007.

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