Insurance Linked Securities transfer a specified set of risks (insurance risks) from a sponsor to investors. ILS have payouts linked to insurance losses and it is an effective way for investors to diversify their portfolio since insurance loss has little correlation with the other financial markets (equity, fixed income). See also Catastrophic Bonds

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Government obligations

U.S. government-backed debt instruments, which are considered among the safest investments possible, including Treasury bonds, bills, and notes, and savings bonds.

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