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News

Accelerating Solvency II reporting deadlines "not realistic"

Insurance Europe calls for concessions from Eiopa

One quarter of UK insurers could fail on pillar 3

Granularity of Solvency II data requirements is the major hurdle, survey shows

Lindeen ready to battle global capital standards

NAIC president cautions against covered agreement with EU

Aviva to begin Solvency II with partial internal model

Friends Life and smaller companies to start on standard formula

ECB reporting add-ons revealed in unofficial templates

European Central Bank amends draft Solvency II QRTs

Bermuda asks Europe: do you want to be friends?

BMA’s Jeremy Cox says trust is lacking, despite efforts to comply with Solvency II

Sun Life claims first Canadian longevity swap

Insurer takes on C$5bn of pension fund liabilities and buys reinsurance from Scor and RGA

PRA warns insurers on fossil fuel assets

Deputy head Fisher says insurers could be hit by policy changes

Analysis

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

Tough battle ahead for global capital standards

The response of US state insurance regulators to the IAIS consultation on the insurance capital standard sheds light over hurdles on the way of a global compromise. Hugo Coelho reports

An alternative to the three lines of defence

Limitations to the 'three lines of defence' model of risk management have been exposed through its use in financial services businesses. Clive Martin, Paul Willman, Roy Boukens and Oliver Rockley suggest an alternative way of describing risk management responsibility.

Hong Kong: on the road to RBC

It is early days for the development of Hong Kong’s risk-based capital regime, but insurers already fear it will bring substantial changes to their businesses. Hugo Coelho reports

QE reveals the deception of the Solvency II curve

The Solvency II discount curve is masking the impact of tumbling interest rates and artificially increasing levels of available capital, but firms and supervisors are already seeking to gauge the true vulnerability of businesses. Hugo Coelho reports

Solvency II equivalence under threat

Europe’s politicians are demanding a greater say in which countries can be deemed equivalent to Solvency II, amid fears that the European Commission is not moving fast enough with decisions that are crucial to insurers worldwide. Sarfraz Thind reports

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