Analysis

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Brexit shifts debate on Solvency II reforms

Many see Solvency II rules as a largely British export to Europe, but once the UK leaves the EU, the remaining member states are likely to take the directive in a new direction. Callum Tanner reports

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Back on track with RMS(one)

RMS chief executive Hemant Shah talks to Christopher Cundy about the long-delayed launch of its exposure management platform, RMS(one)

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Ireland's Solvency II testing raises proportionality concerns

The Central Bank of Ireland's probe into how smaller insurers are coping with Solvency II has touched a nerve with proponents of proportionality. David Walker reports

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Liquidity has become a fluid concept in financial markets

Melanie Mitchell makes the case for decreased liquidity in corporate bond markets, and explains how investors should respond

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Extracting more value from the GI reserving process

Insurers relying on stochastic modelling to estimate reserve uncertainty could take a leap forward in managing their reserve risk, as Jeff Courchene explains

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Credit downgrades raise strategic questions for insurers

Investors are questioning the impact of credit downgrades on insurers' Solvency II balance sheets. Hugo Coelho investigates how firms are gauging this risk and why they resist putting a figure on it

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European supervisors change tack on negative interest rate risk

Insurers are being asked to modify internal models as negative yields become the new normal, but the approach varies by country and company. Hugo Coelho reports

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How far can the UK run from Solvency II?

The UK parliamentary investigation into Solvency II is expected to shed light on the trade-off between regulatory flexibility and market access, and expose the different preferences of insurers with different corporate structures. Hugo Coelho reports

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Pulling the trigger on Solvency II transitional recalculations

Callum Tanner investigates UK insurers' first experiences with transitional recalculations and finds contrasting approaches to deal with the volatility of Solvency II ratios

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A false dawn for restricted tier 1 debt?

The market for restricted tier 1 debt took off last month with an issue by Gjensidige, but may remain subdued for as long as the Solvency II grandfathering provisions last. Hugo Coelho reports

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UK firms split on interest rate hedging strategy

L&G has put its economic view on the pedestal, moving away from its rivals and challenging analysts who take Solvency II figures more seriously. Callum Tanner reports

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My 'A' is not like yours

Fitch and AM Best are wrangling over the equivalency of their IFS rating scale. Hugo Coelho investigates what sets them apart and the implications for insurers buying reinsurance protection

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Reinsurers renew lobbying efforts to avoid G-Sii designation

A move from quantitative to qualitative indicators of global systemic risk is threatening to make the designation process more opaque for reinsurers. Callum Tanner reports

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L'exception fran├žaise?

The French government is proposing to exempt supplementary pension products from Solvency II capital requirements, a seismic change that will give the sector much needed relief. Hugo Coelho reports

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The stress of going sub-zero

UK insurers modelling the risk that interest rates move into negative territory are finding that the capital implications of doing so are less than straightforward. Hugo Coelho reports

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IAIS reaches fork in the road on systemic risk

International regulators are opening up to the idea of framing systemic risk in market-wide activities rather than individual companies. Callum Tanner reports

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Post-Brexit slump makes mockery of Eiopa stress test

The UK's Solvency II discount rates at the end of June put insurers in a worse position than the stress test scenario, so what can insurers and regulators hope to learn? Hugo Coelho reports

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Oasis lays roots in cat modelling scene

The Oasis Loss Modelling Framework promised much, but has it delivered? Christopher Cundy reports on the crucial challenges it faces in the coming months

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Top tips for top-down validation

Boards have struggled to get comfortable with validation of internal models. LCP's Charl Cronje suggests some ideas that may help

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Commission stands in the way of UFR reduction

Stakeholders are sidestepping Eiopa and turning to Brussels in a bid to preserve the Solvency II long-term discount rate. Hugo Coelho reports