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Third-country insurance branches to report on XBRL format

PRA sets out expectations after the publication of Solvency II guidelines

RMS partners with MSIG Mingtai Insurance to model Taiwanese typhoon risk

Model will form part of RMS' Asia Typhoon Model

Surge in pension buy-outs expected in coming weeks

PwC urges firms to transfer liability risks to insurers before Solvency II stems price hike

Astra declared insolvent

Lack of cooperation by main shareholders sealed insurer's fate

Industry condemns HLA proposals

Extending the scope of the requirement to traditional insurance is wrong

VIG reacts to low rates by slashing guaranteed products

Insurer's Solvency II ratio under standard formula estimated between 170-175%

Insurers troubled by last minute additional Solvency II requirements

National regulators are gold plating European directive, industry trade body says

FBD de-risks to shore up Solvency II capital position

Irish insurer to divest property unit amid spiralling losses


Deal on reinsurance collateral stalls over bureaucratic hurdles

Negotiations between the EU and the US were scheduled for before the summer, but have yet to start. There is a growing concern that the delay thwarts plans to grant the US equivalence status under Solvency II before the regime goes live. Hugo Coelho reports.

Revealing the risk from climate change

North American actuarial organisations have collaborated to produce indices that will help understand the risks associated with climate change, as Doug Collins and Caterina Lindman explain

Dutch insurers derailed by Solvency II surprises

Setbacks in internal model approvals have put a strain on Dutch insurers' plans for Solvency II and raised fears that the European industry is less prepared than it thinks, Hugo Coelho reports

The innovation game

As venture capitalists invest a record amount of money in insurance technology, insurers are joining their ranks in the race to find the next disruptive technology. Asa Gibson reports

Hannover Re plans operational risk review after internal model approval

Chief risk officer Eberhard Mueller talks to Christopher Cundy about the years of work behind its Solvency II internal model and how he plans to develop the reinsurer's approach to operational risk modelling

'Extracting value from the internal model' is a flawed approach

Internal models will fail in their attempt to serve two masters – the regulator and the business – so insurers should fundamentally rethink how they can benefit from their years of development work, argues Adrian Ericsson

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ESRB locks horns with Eiopa over Solvency II UFR

The ultimate forward rate has been one of Solvency II's least contentious elements – until now. The European Systemic Risk Board is pushing for a revision that could have a dramatic effect on insurers' solvency. Hugo Coelho reports

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