Financial Innovation in Property Catastrophe Reinsurance: The Convergence of Insurance and Capital Markets
AbstractThe property catastrophe reinsurance industry faces a major challenge. Since 1989, climatic volatility has produced unprecedented insured losses of $43 billion, $18 billion of which were from Hurricane Andrew alone. A surge of insurer defaults and dramatic changes in capacity and pricing have followed in their wake. Catastrophic risks must be addressed with innovative financial approaches that bring the insurance industry closer to the securities industry. This article discusses the new financial instruments that can be successfully used to hedge unknown catastrophe risks.
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Date of creation: 1996
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insurance; catastrophe; financial markets; securitization; hedge; climate change; climate volatility; reinsurance; capacity; catastrophic risk; catastrophe bundles; catastrophe futures; law of large numbers; risk financing;
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