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Analysis

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Solvency II's legacy for risk teams is dull, repetitive work

...so chief risk officers (CROs) need to find interesting new work – of which there is no shortage, says Stephen Coombes, interim CRO at Unum UK. He talks to David Walker about how the risk function can evolve to maintain its relevance

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UK insurers' Brexit choices become a test of EU regulatory convergence

Eiopa's opinion on Brexit may have scotched the plans of London firms hoping to reinsure 100% of EU risks back to the City. But are some regulators offering a lighter-touch version of the rules than others? Callum Tanner reports

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MA optimisation: the experience at LV=

The matching adjustment (MA) is a vital element of the Solvency II package to annuity underwriters, but making the most of it is challenging. In this article, James Sharpe, developer of optimisation tool OptiMA, and Ed Rayson of insurer LV=, describe how MA benefits have been improved in practice

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The risk managers' view on cyber risk

Operationally and in underwriting, the cyber threat has vexed risk managers. At InsuranceERM's North America conference, panellists discussed the difficulties and how they are trying to overcome them

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View from the Top: Turning ORSA on its head

In his quarterly column for InsuranceERM, Tom Wilson, chief risk officer for Allianz, shares his insights into managing risk and capital. In this instalment, Tom describes how insurers can get value out of the ORSA by focusing less on regulatory reporting and more on risk and capital management as a continuous process

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The 'winners' and losers from the Ogden rate change

Insurers with lower retention rates increased their motor market share in Q1 as others were forced to raise prices faster. They are, however, likely to be hit harder during their reinsurance renewals, and the profits lost across the entire sector could reach £3.5bn. Callum Tanner reports

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SFCRs - the one-tonne paper chase by European insurers

Analysis of public Solvency II reports shows literally a tonne of information is now available to stakeholders. But who will use it? Do the reports satisfy stakeholders? And how might the reports evolve? David Walker reports

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Comment: Weak UK government bad news for insurers in need of key reforms

Whether it’s the business of reforming elements of Solvency II, guaranteeing market access for UK firms selling into Europe or reforming the Ogden discount rate, a weak government will mean gridlock and uncertainty, says Callum Tanner

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Political instability and what it means for risk management

The prevailing political environment has a significant impact on how re/insurers operate, so risk managers should respond to this current period of instability and uncertainty with new approaches, says Frieder Knüpling

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Allianz's Wilcox: CRO role still in "teenager" phase

As Stephen Wilcox looks set to leave Allianz UK by the end of the summer, he reflects on how his role as CRO has developed over the last seven years alongside more recent regulatory and political frustrations. He spoke to Callum Tanner at Allianz's office in London.

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Turning the GDPR threat into an opportunity

Insurers have one year to prepare for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and implementation will not be straightforward. But there is much to be gained from taking a customer-centric approach, as REaD Group's Andrew Bridges explains

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IAIS's Kawai: "a financial crisis is triggered and spread because of entities"

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors is developing a cross-sectoral, activities-based approach to systemic risk identification. Although some insurers are hoping this will eventually replace entities-based designation, Yoshihiro Kawai stresses that this will not be the case. He spoke to Callum Tanner at the NAIC conference in Washington, DC on 15 May

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IFRS 17 compliance: a task comparable with Solvency II?

IFRS 17 has been described as a "landmark shift" in insurer accounting and some are saying that implementation could require more work than was needed for Solvency II. InsuranceERM gets the lowdown from the industry on what it means for the sector

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How are P&C actuarial functions coping with Solvency II?

With more than a year's experience of Solvency II, actuaries in property and casualty firms are implementing some of the requirements well – and others not so well – as Sanjiv Chandaria explains to Christopher Cundy

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Insights into an evolving ERM process

Janice Englesbe explains how Gen Re has changed its approach to enterprise risk management following the completion of its first ORSA in 2015

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A death knell for the Sifi designation?

The US inquiry into the designation of non-bank systemically important financial institutions looks likely to see insurers AIG and Prudential Financial shed the label, while ensuring the court appeal against MetLife becomes obsolete. What will replace Obama's post-crisis regulation and will it affect the international process? Callum Tanner reports

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Solvency II equivalence on the Isle of Man - a bear necessity?

Allan Christian explains how updates to the Isle of Man's insurance regulatory regime have become intertwined with efforts to gain Solvency II equivalency

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Sourcing data for cyber risk management

Insurers crave data to better write cyber risk policies and understand their risk accumulation, but getting hold of it is a tough assignment. Cintia Cheong reports

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European insurers hold out hope on UK market access

With article 50 triggered, insurers in the UK and EEA wait with bated breath for news on what will replace passporting. Although the EU looks set to take a tough line on access to the single market for the UK, pressure is mounting on the UK government to avoid retaliation. Callum Tanner reports

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The ongoing ordeal of Ogden

The change to UK's damages discount rate came as a huge surprise to many insurers. But this is far from being a one-off shock. Christopher Cundy reports