• Long-term care insurance warning for US market

    22 August 2019

    A recent report on GE Capital's long-term care insurance (LTCI) exposure has triggered market concerns, with Fitch Ratings arguing LTCI products are among the riskiest marketed by US life insurers. Sarfraz Thind explains

  • Spelling out concerns with IFRS 17 reinsurance accounting

    22 August 2019

    The IASB has revised the insurance contracts accounting standard to minimise mismatches in reinsurance accounting. This may be good news for primary firms and reinsurers, but other challenges remain, as Cintia Cheong reports

  • Stephen Catlin and Paul Brand: how we’re going to challenge the status quo

    20 August 2019

    A new re/insurer enters the business at a time when rates are hardening for the first time in years. But what can Convex do differently to the incumbents? Sarfraz Thind talks to the founders to find out

  • How to avert the big data threat

    15 August 2019

    Big data analytics promises to revolutionise risk selection for insurers, but threatens to marginalise higher-risk groups. Paul Walsh investigates how the “solidarity monitor” devised by the Dutch insurance association can help avoid exclusion

  • Mortality reserving windfalls: a reversal of fortune?

    13 August 2019

    UK life insurers have enjoyed several years of unexpected profits thanks to the slowdown of mortality improvements, but recent statistics hint this trend may be about to reverse. Cintia Cheong reports

  • Solvency II's biggest unintended consequences

    08 August 2019

    In part two of a Q&A to accompany the launch of his book on Solvency II, Karel Van Hulle discusses the impact of the directive, and how the insurance sector should prepare for sustainability, Brexit and new technologies

  • Liquidity risk management for life insurers

    06 August 2019

    Managing liquidity requires a different approach from managing capital and must often be considered over different, typically much shorter, time periods – as consultants at Milliman explain

  • Karel Van Hulle: “I want the objectives of Solvency II to be remembered”

    01 August 2019

    As a former head of insurance and pensions at the European Commission, Karel Van Hulle was central to the development of Solvency II. To coincide with the launch of his book on the directive, he talks to Christopher Cundy about its gestation, flaws and future development

  • Implementing IFRS 17 discount curves: theoretical and practical challenges

    30 July 2019

    Insurers will have to develop their own assumptions around discount rates under IFRS 17, which will re-open some old debates around incorporating the illiquidity premium. Steven Morrison explains.

  • Canopius: looking east and west for growth

    25 July 2019

    This year's deals involving AmTrust and Samsung have given the 16-year-old Lloyd's operation a fresh impetus, as chairman Michael Watson explains to David Walker