Monday, 16 March 2009

AIG - Where did the money go?

(HT The Big Picture.)

What is interesting about this is the GIAs. I _think_ that these are GICs, i.e. guarantees of minimum investment returns, sometimes on variable balances. Obviously as rates have fallen, GICs have become more valuable to the holder and riskier to the writer. Insurers have conspicuously underpriced the implied puts in GICs for years, and now it seems that for AIG these have come home to roost.

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