Regulators may propose a number of new rules for bond insurers - such as substantially raising capital requirements and limiting the guarantees of credit default swaps - as market participants continue to deal with the fallout from the credit crisis.

Michael Moriarty, deputy superintendent for property and capital markets at the New York State Insurance Department, outlined yesterday a number of potential changes to the bond insurance market and its regulation, during a "webinar" and teleconference titled "Bond Insurance in a Changing Market and Regulatory Environment: What to Expect".

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