Insurers Eye Derivatives For Credit Risk

Credit derivatives, once relegated to the fringes of thefinancial world, have exploded in use over the last two years.Banks are currently the biggest users of these products. Insurersand reinsurers, however, as the largest holders of credit risk, areincreasingly using credit derivatives as an investment and riskmanagement tool.

Market participants feel that over the next few years, theinsurance industry will become the largest end-user of creditderivatives.

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