• Rising interest rates unlikely to deter life back-book sellers, says Moody's

    12 July 2022

    Jefferies urging Axa to consider German legacy life book sale

  • R.I.P. traditional life insurance

    11 July 2022

    Low interest rates killed off European life insurance products that offered policyholders guaranteed annual returns. Even now as rates rise, David Walker finds practitioners are ready to bury the concept

  • Law change to give major boost to French life firms' solvency

    23 December 2019

    Profit-sharing reserves in guaranteed products will be eligible as solvency capital

  • Global life insurance outlook negative, says Moody's

    05 December 2016

    Firms affected by low interest rates, market volatility and regulatory changes

  • Brexit volatility puts insurers' Solvency II disclosure to test

    01 July 2016

    Analysts to seize opportunity to check whether reported sensitivities held

  • German life guarantees on the IAIS radar

    20 June 2016

    Revised methodology to assess systemic risk captures traditional life products, Moody's warns

  • Unfreezing the UFR

    26 April 2016

    The revised methodology for calculating the ultimate forward rate may not be a catastrophe for all insurers with long-term liabilities, but it will put an unwelcome spotlight on solvency and accelerate the redesign of products. Hugo Coelho reports

  • German life sector at the mercy of UFR reduction

    29 March 2016

    Failure of smaller firms could inflict reputational damage for German market

  • How a 100% SCR stopped being sufficient capital

    12 November 2015

    Insurers are holding capital buffers larger than the minimum required under Solvency II, but is it the fault of the rules, the regulators or the market? Hugo Coelho reports

  • Moody's: Risks grow for insurance hybrid bondholders

    09 September 2015

    Coupon suspensions more likely under Solvency II