Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2006 (Revised March 2008)

2006 Hurricane Risk

by Andre F. Perold and Erik Stafford


In May 2006, a resident of Key West, Florida had to decide whether to renew his policy to insure against hurricane damage. The policy would cost $13,000 for one year, $5,000 more than what he paid in 2005. At the same time, a wealthy California resident was contemplating an opportunity to buy a "cat note" that offered a high yield, but with a chance of losing the full investment if severe hurricanes struck the coastline of the United States.

Keywords: Capital Markets; Cost; Insurance; Price; Risk Management; California; Key West;


Perold, Andre F., and Erik Stafford. "2006 Hurricane Risk." Harvard Business School Case 207-075, October 2006. (Revised March 2008.)