Reinsurance Causes Investor Feeding Frenzy

IG_Feature_15_RB_ReinsuranceCapacity80-resize-380x300Property catastrophe reinsurance is causing a feeding frenzy for investors as they seem extremely willing to plunk their money into an alternative investment that does not correlate with their other portfolio bets.

The tens of billions of dollars flowing into the reinsurance industry are being funneled into securities including catastrophe bonds and other insurance-linked reinsurance investments. This bountiful capacity augments traditional sources in the venerable reinsurance industry, although even reinsurers are creating the collateralized securities and selling them to investors. For buyers—primary insurance companies the world over—the lines are blurred insofar as who is taking the reinsurance risk.

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