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Calibrating CAT Bonds for Mexican Earthquakes

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  • Wolfgang Karl Härdle
  • Brenda López Cabrera

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This article examines the calibration of a real parametric catastrophe bond (CAT bond) for earthquakes sponsored by the Mexican government, which is of a high interest as it delivers several policy-relevant findings. The results demonstrate that a combination of reinsurance and CAT bond is optimal in the sense that it provides coverage for a lower cost and lower exposure at default than reinsurance itself. A hybrid CAT bond for earthquakes is also priced in order to reduce the basis and moral risk borne by the sponsor and to reflect the value of the loss by several variables. Copyright (c) The Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2010.

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Volume (Year): 77 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 625-650

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jrinsu:v:77:y:2010:i:3:p:625-650

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  1. Lo, Chien-Ling & Lee, Jin-Ping & Yu, Min-Teh, 2013. "Valuation of insurers’ contingent capital with counterparty risk and price endogeneity," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 5025-5035.
  2. Ma, Zong-Gang & Ma, Chao-Qun, 2013. "Pricing catastrophe risk bonds: A mixed approximation method," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(2), pages 243-254.
  3. Joanne Ho & Martin Odening, 2009. "Weather-based estimation of wildfire risk," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2009-032, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  4. Volodymyr Perederiy, 2007. "Kombinierte Liquiditäts- und Solvenzkennzahlen und ein darauf basierendes Insolvenzprognosemodell für deutsche GmbHs," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2007-060, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  5. Nowak, Piotr & Romaniuk, Maciej, 2013. "Pricing and simulations of catastrophe bonds," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 18-28.

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