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Infrastructure assets retain appeal for insurers

Even if recent pension reforms result in falling demand for annuities in the UK, an increasingly competitive insurance market is likely to sustain the demand for high-yielding assets like infrastructure projects, say Michael Wilkins and Oliver Herbert

Insurers “going backwards” on pillar 3 readiness

The Ernst & Young (EY) Solvency II preparedness survey is one of the most comprehensive yardsticks of how ready insurers are for the new regime. This year's poll shows firms making progress in most areas - except pillar 3. Christopher Cundy reports.

The UK pensions bombshell: opportunities among the wreckage?

The UK annuities market is undergoing a dramatic change as the rules on retirement products are rewritten. In this article, Christopher Cundy looks at five major implications for products and strategy

Gen Re's Tad Montross: why we need Solvency III

Solvency II has focused too much on modelling and should be revisited, says Gen Re CEO Tad Montross. He tells Sarfraz Thind about "model mania", risk culture and how to run a reinsurer in a chronically soft market

Emerging risks survey reveals "post-crisis" thinking

This year's poll of North American risk managers shows a shift in concern away from the economic crisis and towards issues such as regulatory change and cyber risk. Christopher Cundy speaks to its author, Max Rudolph

Reinterpreting the role of the CRO

Despite the growing presence of chief risk officers (CROs) in the senior management teams of European insurers the industry is a long way from a common view of the role, and universally deriving value from it, say Mike Wilkinson and Patricia Mackenzie.

World catching up with Europe on risk disclosure

Guy Carpenter's latest study into ERM disclosures revealed insurers have made great leaps forward, with the most significant improvements among firms based outside Europe. The spectrum of risk metrics remains wide, but is becoming more consistent, the brokerage says.

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