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Strong investor demand for alternative reinsurance instruments is set to continue due to the comparatively high potential returns of catastrophe risk through cat bonds and sidecar investments and the lack of correlation between catastrophe losses and returns on other major asset classes, according to a new Fitch Ratings report.

“The convergence of the reinsurance and capital markets is likely here to stay and should continue to grow in the near term,” said Brian Schneider, co-head of reinsurance at Fitch Ratings. “Powerful economic forces have driven increased acceptance and use of capital market alternatives to traditional reinsurance.”

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