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Analysis

Where next for risk modelling: industrialisation or app store?

Many conversations around risk and capital modelling highlight the need to ‘industrialise’ processes. But is this 18th century concept appropriate for insurers in the 21st century? European experts discuss this and other risk management questions in the second part of this InsuranceERM and SunGard roundtable

Dutch insurers tread the MA minefield

The Dutch regulator is poised to publish guidance for insurers on use of the matching adjustment. Repackaging of mortgage loans is one bone of contention, another is the treatment of pension contracts. Hugo Coelho reports

Managing risk in a commercial context

Risk management teams are taking on greater responsibility and having more commercial input, but what does this mean for organisational structures? And should risk always dance to the beat of the business? European risk leaders discuss these and other questions in the first part of this InsuranceERM and SunGard roundtable.

Insurers feel the pull of longevity swaps

Three years after Aegon started the market, index-based longevity swaps could become a trend across Europe as insurers seek to optimise their capital under Solvency II. Hugo Coelho reports

The curious case of the Swedish curve

Eiopa has cut of the convergence period for the Swedish risk-free rate curve to 10 years from 50, citing the particular characteristics of the bond market. The change will reduce interest rate sensitivity, but increase the risk that insurers under-reserve. Hugo Coelho reports

Emerging risk steps out of the shadows

Insurers are gradually dispelling the scepticism around the subject of emerging risk, and are getting better at considering the potential impacts and opportunities, according to Oric International. Christopher Cundy reports

Low rates usher an era of 'new traditional' products

Austrian insurer Uniqa has replaced its traditional guaranteed product with a ‘new traditional’ product that comes with a 0% guarantee and bonus at maturity. It is just the latest insurer to adjust its product portfolio in response to the twin threats of low rates and Solvency II. Hugo Coelho reports

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