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Reinsurers transfer $2.4bn in risk

Reinsurers transferred $2.35bn (£1.6bn) in catastrophe risk to capital markets before the US hurricane season that began yesterday, higher than the $1.4bn last year, as the catastrophe bond sector starts to resume normal issuance after the global financial crisis. The cat bond sector, in which insurers transfer risks linked to natural disasters to investors, is expected to end the year at $4-$5bn.