Analysis

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German life insurers relish €4.5bn-plus saving on ZZR contributions

The revised methodology for calculating Germany's special interest rate reserves is saving billions for the country's life insurers. David Walker reports

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The European insurance businesses ripe for M&A

Analysis of solvency and financial condition reports by Insurance Risk Data has revealed dozens of insurers with small, loss-making lines that might be ideal targets for M&A. David Walker and Christopher Cundy explain

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The CRO and pianist who hits all the right notes

Justin Skinner is chief risk officer at Vitality, the pioneering life and health insurer. He talks to Ronan McCaughey about his career, the risk management challenges associated with technology – and Queen's greatest hits

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Glyphosate, opioids and talc - candidates for the next asbestos?

Claims relating to asbestos exposure caused a catastrophic level of losses for the insurance industry. What is the potential for the scenario to be repeated by other chemicals and compounds? Paul Walsh reports

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Lloyd’s culture risks sabotaging its transformation plan

Lloyd’s “bold new strategy” to transform the 330-year-old insurance market by targeting efficiency and technology innovation could fall flat because of a lack of talent, the timeline for execution and the challenge of appeasing different stakeholders. Ronan McCaughey explains

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Decoding IFRS 17 from an investment perspective

Efforts by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to clarify the definition of investment components within an insurance contract have been welcomed by some stakeholders. However, others argue a new proposal from the board could spark confusion. Cintia Cheong explains

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LDTI: a challenge even for the most well-prepared

The US long-duration targeted improvements (LDTI) accounting change is one of the most complex accounting developments ever to hit the US insurance industry. EY's Evan Bogardus and Chad Runchey tell Sarfraz Thind about the implications of the new standard and - why it is so taxing for insurers

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Top technology tools for actuaries

The actuarial world may sometimes be perceived as a stolid profession, but the development and integration of new technologies means the sector is moving apace. A survey by the US Society of Actuaries highlights the key technology trends in the business. Sarfraz Thind explains

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Six ingredients needed for an effective consumer risk metric

How should insurers communicate the risks and benefits of their products to potential retail customers? A recent paper from the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries investigated this question and came up with some surprising results. Christopher Cundy explains

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Getting IFRS 17 ready for lift off

Despite the recent efforts by the IASB in proposing several changes to ease the implementation of IFRS 17, the new accounting standard for insurance contracts, some in the industry believe more needs to be done. Cintia Cheong rounds up the latest developments on IFRS 17 and the outstanding issues until its launch

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"The Solvency II review is a Herculean task for regulators"

Talanx's chief risk officer Gerhard Stahl talks to David Walker about the 2020 review of Solvency II, how to improve risk reporting, and the story behind ESG integration

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What is stalling the growth of the patent insurance market?

In his fourth article on insuring intangible risks, Tim Freestone investigates the limitations of the patent protection markets and how growth could be stimulated

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US flood insurance: new model, new hope?

The federal flood insurance system has been setting milestones in mismanagement since it was introduced in 1968. Will a new risk model and other guidance improve the situation, and allow private insurers to participate? Sarfraz Thind reports

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Actuarial recruitment: IFRS 17 delay pauses contractor demand

Insurance actuaries remain in demand for traditional tasks as well as a growing range of non-traditional jobs. But recruitment consultants are still waiting to see an IFRS 17-related surge, as Cintia Cheong reports

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Learning the lessons from internal model change

Defining and implementing changes to internal models has challenged insurers, but a new industry report sheds some light on the best approaches to managing the process. Christopher Cundy reports

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A shake-up of Australian earthquake modelling

David Walker finds that much has changed in the risk models used to assess the country's seismic hazard - and in the mentality of the modellers themselves

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Drone risk flies high

The disruption caused by drones at airports has propelled the risk to worldwide attention. For underwriters, it is adding to their considerations - but they also have much to gain from the technology. Paul Walsh reports

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Settling a Scor

The fallout between French insurers Scor and Covéa over the latter’s proposed takeover bid quickly erupted into a very public feud, the likes of which are seldom seen. With legal and civil actions commencing soon, how have reputations been affected? Paul Walsh investigates

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A capital management toolkit for life re/insurers

Paul Fulcher and Luca Tres describe the pros and cons of 10 techniques and solutions available to European life insurers under Solvency II to help manage capital

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IFRS 17 Conference: what have we learned?

The upcoming accounting standard for insurance contracts poses several challenges to the industry ranging from skills shortages to stakeholder engagement. On 27 February, experts convened at InsuranceERM's IFRS 17 Conference in London to discuss their approach to successful implementation. Cintia Cheong summarises the findings