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“Race to the bottom will kill internal models” – Bernardino

Eiopa to develop indicators of ongoing appropriateness of internal models

Morgan Stanley downgrades European insurance sector

Concerns grow about impact of low bond yields

Thomas Béhar and Andrew Smith named as IFoA honorary fellows

Karel Goossens and Dave Pelletier also elected

Solvency II's level playing field 'a long way off'

But will bring consistent view of capital and risk, says Bernstein

Lottery broker completes Gibraltar's first ILS transaction

British overseas territory seeks to establish itself as ILS jurisdiction

Fitch: German insurers can ride out low rates for another decade

Rating agency gauges vulnerability of the industry

European Commission gets green light negotiate US reinsurance deal

Could remove hurdle to Solvency II equivalence

CBI: Stress tests in the ORSA not realistic

Irish supervisor gives feedback on own risk assessment draft reports


Demystifying emerging risk

The elusiveness and unpredictability of emerging risks can often discourage efforts to manage them. Adam Seager suggests a pathway through the wilderness

Data is the key to Solvency II USPs

The use of undertaking specific parameters can significantly reduce Solvency II capital requirements, so long as insurers can produce high quality data, say Dale Lee and Claire Briggs

InsuranceERM's Most Influential 2015

The personalities shaping risk and capital management in Europe are revealed

Reinsurance versus sub debt: which is best for solvency capital?

Reinsurance or sub debt alone is unlikely to provide the best solution to meeting solvency capital requirements; instead, a blended approach should be considered, say Matthew Day and Ross Milburn

A new breed of casualty cat models

Modelling of a casualty or liability catastrophe has traditionally lacked the sophistication seen in the property cat world, despite its potential for harming insurers. The industry and regulators are waking up to this threat and new solutions are being developed. Christopher Cundy reports

Reinsurance is flexible and cost-effective for Solvency II capital needs

There are other advantages, too, over equity and hybrid capital, which are more complex to issue, as Peter Bärnreuther and Norbert Kuschel describe

The future of appraisal valuations

The contents of actuarial appraisal valuations in M&A situations are set to evolve with the arrival of Solvency II and updated accounting standards. Fergal O’Shea discusses the likely changes and considers how the appraisal reports will remain relevant.

  • Market Insight

    Analysing your way to a digital advantage

    The digital era presents a golden opportunity to engage with customers – and insurers should ensure they are not left behind, says David Ovenden, Insurance Management Consultancy Leader, Towers Watson

  • Market Insight

    Data: it's a question of confidence

    Information is at the heart of effective risk and capital management, so making sure data solutions are robust is a necessity for modern insurers, as MBE’s Andries Beukes explains

  • Market Insight

    Solvency II - Are you ready for challenges?

    The first round of mandatory reporting under Solvency II will soon begin. For some insurers that might be the last wake-up call to advance...

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