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News

Restrict look-through in Solvency II reporting, ABI urges

UK insurance association responds to regulator on materiality question

PRA expands guidance on boards' governance responsibilities

Details expectations on board composition, division of work and succession planning

Qatar Re licenses Conning's ESG

Will help Qatar Re model solvency capital and plan business strategy

Swiss Re reveals 21 new emerging risks

De-globalisation, financial repression among major risks

Internal model insurers under pressure to converge - S&P

Regulators and competitors driving model change

Delta Lloyd submits internal model application

Uncertainty remains on tax treatment of group’s profits

Solvency II delayed in 17 member states

The Netherlands and Spain are among the laggards

Analysis

Internal model submissions begin, despite ambiguities

Despite unclear rules and conflicting approaches from national supervisors, insurers have started submitting their Solvency II internal models for approval. Christopher Cundy and Hugo Coelho assess the state of play

Antares' Mark Graham: Qatari owners bring investment freedom

The Antares CRO discusses how the firm is sharing ERM expertise with its new Qatari owners, risk culture, preparations for Solvency II and the big risks on the horizon

NAIC's Urias: "ICS should not be tied to one valuation methodology, not at this stage"

The attempt to create global convergence on insurance supervision is proving to be a bumpy ride. Christina Urias, the NAIC’s director for international regulatory affairs, explains to Hugo Coelho how the states view the reinsurance collateral agreement with the EU and the global capital standard.

Gilt-swap spread risk charge to accelerate ALM rethink

A request by the UK regulator for internal firms to hold capital against the basis risk in their government bond portfolios will increase incentives for the insurers to move away from long-dated government bonds into swaps. Hugo Coelho reports

Pension risk - the hidden dangers to insurers

Pension scheme risk can be both material and tough to measure under Solvency II’s still-developing rules. Tim Marklew and Tom Durkin consider how insurers are managing this risk and the pitfalls they face.

A sea-change in the perception of ERM

Towers Watson's eighth biennial survey of insurers' attitudes towards enterprise risk management (ERM) has revealed that most now see it adding value to the business. Christopher Cundy 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

  • External papers

    Free expert paper - Aggregation Criteria in risks' modeling service

    This paper presents a concrete solution to optimize input creation process for risk modeling while improving quality and thoroughness of model results by dealing with clustering on dataset liability.

  • 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

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