January 10, 2017: Cat Bonds for the Yield Hungry, Privatizing Mortgage Disasters and Lightning the Weather

Lightning, Weather’s Byproduct, May Become One of Its Predictors
New York Times
Lightning may have potential to help predict, if not drive, atmospheric events.

Three Alternative Sources of Income for Yield-Hungry Investors
Financial Times (sub may be required)
Catastrophe bonds provide a regular premium income and returns are presented as less correlated to traditional assets.

$53 Billion Fund in Norway Offers ‘Scared of Everything’ Model

Norway’s biggest life insurer, Kommunal Landspensjonskasse, says its approach is to be “scared of everything.”

Premia Raises $510 million In Initial Capital From Leading Investors To Target Global Property & Casualty Runoff Opportunities
Press Release
Founding investors include Kelso & Company and  Arch Capital Group=,

Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: How It Can Be Done Effectively
Privatizing mortgage risk into a national catastrophe pool may be on the table.


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