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Using Catastrophe-Linked Securities to Diversify Insurance Risk: a Financial Analysis of Cat Bonds

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  • Louberge, H.
  • Kellezi, E.
  • Gilli, M.

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Severe natural catastrophes in the early nineties have brought about a lack of financial capacity in the catastrophe line of the global reinsurance market. The finance industry reacted to this situation by issuing innovative products designed to spread the excess risk more widely among international investors (risk securitization). The paper reviews these developments and stresses their significance with respect to the economic theory of risk exchanges. Special attention is devoted to the case of catastrophe-linked bonds, issued at a premium by ceding insurers to secure ex post conditional capital for the payment of claims.

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  • Louberge, H. & Kellezi, E. & Gilli, M., 1999. "Using Catastrophe-Linked Securities to Diversify Insurance Risk: a Financial Analysis of Cat Bonds," Research Papers by the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva 99.04, Institut d'Economie et Econométrie, Université de Genève.
  • Handle: RePEc:gen:geneem:99.04
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    1. Massimo Mariani & Paola Amoruso, 2016. "The Effectiveness of Catastrophe Bonds in Portfolio Diversification," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 6(4), pages 1760-1767.
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    Keywords

    INVESTMENTS ; INSURANCE ; RISK;

    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies

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