The 30th October was a memorable day. I was having one of my busiest days ever on Artemis, with traffic having jumped by a factor of 20+ because of interest in our coverage of hurricane Sandy’s impact on the U.S. northeast. Our articles and insight had been picked up by a number of news organisations, including the FT, Le Monde in France, Australian press and some South American news organisations, and then I got an email from Lauren Lyster of Russia Today’s (RT’s) Capital Account.
It seems Artemis’ reach had managed to spread as far as Lauren or her researchers who were looking for an angle on hurricane Sandy for their show that day. They had found Artemis and hadn’t understood what we were talking about, what a catastrophe bond was or how they were threatened by Sandy. So she asked if I would be willing to appear on the show that day (about two and a half hours later) live!
Of course I said yes. I had to wrap up what I was doing, hand over a number of Artemis articles to other writers and get down to an office where I could look a little more professional than the sofa I was on at the time. It was about 6pm UK time and Lauren wanted me on the show in a couple of hours. That meant Skype and a horrendous set of head-phones so I could hear the interview questions. The show actually went out the following day in the end as the satellite uplink had been broken by hurricane Sandy, so the show aired on the 31st.
Lauren and her team at RT were great, put me at my ease and the whole process was managed incredibly smoothly. The interview was, in the end, a lot of fun and I could have talked for hours about the cat bonds at risk and how losses were likely to creep and impact reinsurers. Hopefully I’ll get to do it again some day, I quite enjoyed being a pundit
The full show can be seen in the video below, I come on around 2 minutes in. If it makes no sense then go check out Artemis.