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January/February 2009

 

Troubled AssetsTroubled Assets
The Current Financial Crisis and Sticky Luck

As the economy continues to wobble, investors are looking for ways to make sense of the stock market. It may all just come down to dumb luck.
by Mark O'Reilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pay as You DrivePay as You Drive
Some Considerations Before You Hit the Road

Consumers need to weigh the ecological benefits against privacy concerns about the digital trails they leave.
by Kevin Bingham, Peter Boyd, Michael Greene, and Rob Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic Investment:
The Role of Insurance in Emerging-Market Makeovers

Insurance companies are attractive targets for sovereign wealth funds looking to establish global financial centers in their home countries.
by Joe Guastella, Priti Rajagopalan, and Sunil Rongala, with Ryan Alvanos

 

 

PandemicPandemic: Managing Mortality Risk

Could tapping into capital markets in the form of extreme-mortality bonds help to immunize the insurance industry against catastrophic risk?
by David Madland

 

INSIDE TRACK
Priceless
Linda Mallon

LETTERS

COMMENTARY
Affordable, Risk-Free Alternatives to Adjustable-
Rate Mortages
Richard Jago

UP TO CODE
When Is a Violation Resolved?
William J. Falk

WORKSHOP
The Art and Science of Annuity Portfolio Management
Anson J. Glacy Jr.

STATISTICAL MISCELLANY
Financial Security an Elusive Concept

TRADECRAFT
Funding Public Pension Plans
Martin McCaulay

BOOKLINKS
The Longevity Revolution
Review by Heather Jerbi

CRYPTIC PUZZLE
Busy Season
Tom Toce

PUZZLES
Beating the House
Mark Danburg-Wyld

ENDPAPER
Intended Consequences
Richard T. Zatorski

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