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U.S. Structured Credit Roundtable: What Does The Future Hold For The Catastrophe Bond Market In 2012? Jan 12
Standard & Poors, January 2012
Many insurance companies are looking to the capital markets to transfer risk through the issuance of catastrophe (CAT) bonds. CAT bond issuance has become a common alternative to traditional reinsurance. An estimated $4 billion of CAT bonds were issued in 2011, and several of the participants on Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' roundtable expect issuance to surpass that figure in 2012. Despite the economic uncertainty surrounding the European Economic and Monetary Union (Eurozone), unsettled U.S. fiscal policy, and volatile stock and bond markets, these roundtable participants believe there will be a robust pipeline of new issuance in 2012. Deborah Newman, associate director in Standard & Poor's Structured Credit Group, moderated the roundtable. The panelists were: Brian Tobben, senior vice president,...
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