Archive

  • Germany's interest rate reserve gets bigger - and better

    07 January 2021

    German life insurers paid more into the Zinszusatzreserve again in 2020, despite the new "corridor method" of calculation that intended to unburden the sector. Industry leaders tell David Walker the ZZR remains fit for purpose nonetheless

  • Gabriel Bernardino on four important Solvency II reforms

    22 December 2020

    The chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority talks to Christopher Cundy about the main proposals to amend Solvency II and what they hope to achieve

  • Eiopa under fire over Solvency II review proposals

    18 December 2020

    The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa) published its long-awaited final thoughts on the Solvency II review this week. However, facets of the industry and beyond are distinctly unimpressed with the proposals, as Paul Walsh reports

  • Mutuals' deferred shares could have saved LV= from demutualising

    15 December 2020

    With the British life insurer planning to demutualise with the £530m sale of its business, Cintia Cheong talks to AFM chief Martin Shaw about the prospects for the mutual sector in the UK

  • ICS capital calculations: onerous, uncertain, but growing in relevance

    14 December 2020

    The global Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) requires yet more modelling work for insurers and some of its rules for calculating capital are vague. It's currently a low priority for insurers and investors, but UK firms in particular should watch closely. Christopher Cundy reports

  • Western & Southern's Todd Henderson: a year for living safely

    03 December 2020

    Western & Southern's CRO says he is happy to be boring. Yet the work he has done in 2020 has been anything but. He talks to Sarfraz Thind about negotiating the Covid-19 pandemic and discusses the risks for both underwriting and assets

  • What digital transformation means for CROs

    24 November 2020

    Some chief risk officers are keen to embrace the opportunities offered by digital transformation, while others see it as a distraction. But all view digitalisation as an unavoidable trend that brings new risks with it, as Ronan McCaughey explains

  • PRT expansion to drive L&G's dividend growth plan

    12 November 2020

    Christopher Cundy reports from Legal & General's (L&G) investor day, where the insurer revealed new targets for its dividend, bulk annuity underwriting and investments

  • Taking a new direction in life

    15 October 2020

    China Taiping Insurance Singapore, a long-established non-life insurer, has taken the rare step of diversifying into life business. David Walker talks to the man leading the move, Lance Tay

  • Cracks in the normal distribution challenge CROs

    09 October 2020

    Covid-19 is changing the way chief risk officers think and work. Eric Clapprood and David Sherwood talk to Sarfraz Thind about why CROs may need to focus on less extreme risks, and how they can adapt to the new normal