| Risk Management and Insurance Review
The Intermediation of Financial Risks: Evolution in the Catastrophe Reinsurance Market
In this paper, I provide evidence concerning the imperfections in the reinsurance market. I try to get at some of the root causes of these imperfections, e.g., the behavior of ratings firms and the agency problems associated with the corporate form of ownership. I also summarize the recent evolution of intermediation for catastrophic risk. A simple framework for an integrated theory of optimal financial policy for insurers and reinsurers is discussed. Finally, policy implications for intermediation of financial risks in view of evolving financial solutions for catastrophic risk are proposed.
Keywords: Catastrophe Risk;
Banking and Insurance;
Cost of Capital;