• Danish regulators flesh out prudent person principle

    20 January 2015

    The Danish insurance supervisor, regarded as one of the leaders of the Solvency II pack, has voiced its concern over the industry's growing exposure to alternative asset classes. Hugo Coelho explores.

  • French health mutuals show fraternit√© in pillar 3 solution

    16 December 2014

    When an entire sector faces the same issues in complying with Solvency II, collaboration seems a sensible response. France's association of health mutuals has done just that by developing pillar 3 software for its members. Christopher Cundy reports

  • Portuguese insurers under pressure to sell bank debt

    09 December 2014

    The Portuguese insurance supervisor has found that one in five insurers fall short of capital under Solvency II, even after taking into account the benefit of the volatility adjustment. What's more, concentrated exposures to the financial sector are sending capital requirements through the roof, as Hugo Coelho explores

  • The broad view

    21 October 2014

    Tom Wilson, CRO of Allianz, talks to Marcus Alcock about the need for supervisors to adapt as well, his difficulty with traditional insurance being deemed systemically relevant, and the trials and tribulations involved in submitting a trial IMAP which is over 100,000 pages long

  • Reporting: How much more does the ECB want?

    19 August 2014

    The European Central Bank is currently finalising a piece of statistical regulation addressed to insurers, after discussions with the industry ended in July. The requirements will be largely aligned with Solvency II, but in a few areas the bank wants more data, as Hugo Coelho explains

  • Economic scenario generators: a means to many ends

    08 August 2014

    ESGs are widely used in capital calculations and enterprise risk management. Hal Pedersen and Stephen Sonlin explain how these critical tools work and what to look for in a good one

  • PRA ignores insurers on matching adjustment rules

    30 June 2014

    The UK's regulator has failed to clarify the rules for applying the matching adjustment, but has set out conditions for repackaging assets and is inviting firms to engage in a trial application. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Insurance asset managers grapple with Solvency II challenges

    06 June 2014

    Solvency II will impact how insurers manage their assets, but the effects will depend on their size and the business mix. Christopher Cundy and Hardeep Dhillon report from InsuranceERM's Insurance Asset Risk conference

  • Coping with the inflation conundrum

    28 May 2014

    The development of inflation or disinflation in different markets is a critical driver of corporate performance, rather than simply a tactical investment issue, as the case of P&C insurers shows. Etienne Comon explains

  • With changing market dynamics, insurers can profit in fixed income

    07 May 2014

    They buy in bulk, their size gives them clout with large fixed-income asset managers and their buy-and-hold outlook insulates them from market swings, as Douglas Niemann explains