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Fitch Ratings is seeking comment on a proposed method for developing its ratings of insurance-linked securities, but said the new approach won’t change existing ratings.

In an eight-page report, “Exposure Draft: Insurance-Linked Securities: Ratings Criteria (Global),” the Chicago-based rating agency said there is a proliferation of new types of insurance-linked securities (ILS) in addition to current catastrophe bond structures. These new securities warrant the development and use of a broad rating approach that applies to this rapidly developing class of securities.

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