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15 Jun 10
Tullett Prebon creates first OTC market format in zero coupon longevity swaps based on Deutsche Börse Xpect longevity data


LONDON, NEW YORK, FRANKFURT 15 June 2010: Tullett Prebon, one of the world's leading inter-dealer brokers, today announces the launch of longevity swaps information pages on Reuters and Bloomberg, creating the first over-the-counter ("OTC") market format in zero coupon longevity swaps. This new product will enable Tullett Prebon's clients to hedge longevity risk on the OTC market for the first time.
 
Tullett Prebon's Index-linked derivatives team has worked closely with Deutsche Börse - Market Data & Analytics to develop a longevity swap based on Xpect® Indices. These indices, which are split per gender and per cohorts of 20 years, are used as underlying for Tullett Prebon's longevity swap curves. The Xpect® Forward Curves support the market to price these swaps.
 
In 2008 Deutsche Börse - Market Data & Analytics started delivering monthly data on life expectancy and mortality risks in Germany and the Netherlands, and has recently expanded its Xpect® offering to include longevity data indices and forward curves from England and Wales.
 
Xpect® offers the most up-to-date figures for quantitative valuation of longevity risk. The data on population trends is collated from official sources, and is checked and disseminated on a monthly basis. It is based exclusively on transparent and objective statistics, and not on expert opinions. Xpect® Indices serve as underlying for the securitisation of longevity risk, enabling pension funds to transfer this risk to the capital markets. Xpect® Forward Curves describe the expected run of the Xpect® Indices in the future.
 
Cyril Gonzalez, Head of Tullett Prebon’s Index-linked derivatives in London, commented: "The launch of the first pages for zero coupon longevity swaps illustrates our commitment to developing innovative products. Working with Deutsche Boerse, our clients can for the first time acknowledge an OTC market format to hedge longevity risk."
 

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