Currently, two transactions are planned for the third quarter of 2009: one with European wind exposure and one with U.S. wind exposure. Traditionally the third quarter tends to be quiet, in part because of hurricane season and traditional cedent renewal dates. Historically, it accounts for only approximately 14 percent of risk capital issued (based on the period 1997 through 2008). If catastrophe bond market spreads decrease sufficiently, the door may open for sponsors that had considered issuing earlier this year to reconsider the market in the fourth quarter. The last quarter, historically, is the second busiest in terms of risk capital issued, accounting for 28 percent of issuances from 1997 through 2008.
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