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Catastrophe risk swap
An agreement between two parties to Exchange catastrophe Risk exposures. For example, in July 2001 Swiss Re and Tokyo Marine arranged a $450 million deal including three Risk swaps: Japan earthquake for California earthquake, Japan typhoon for France storm and Japan typhoon for Florida hurricane. Swaps increase diversification and allow each of the parties to lower the amount of capital that they need to hold.
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