• ERM basics: Proxy techniques enable risk-based decision making

    08 January 2014

    Proxy techniques, such as least squares Monte Carlo, allow faster analysis of risks and for many insurers they have become essential tools for aiding decision making, as Brian Robinson explains

  • Solvency reform a priority for US regulators

    20 December 2013

    US insurance supervision is inefficient and inconsistent, according to the Federal Insurance Office, which has made its long-awaited recommendations for reform. Among its prime targets are solvency regulation, reserving and treatment of captives. Christopher Cundy reports

  • Using least squares Monte Carlo proxy functions for internal model validation

    18 December 2013

    LSMC techniques are finding popularity in Solvency II economic capital calculations and multi-year projections of capital requirements. In this article, Christian Bettels explains how they can also apply to validation of internal models

  • Benchmarking the internal capital model

    07 November 2013

    Aon Benfield polled almost 100 users of its ReMetrica capital modelling software to compare how often they ran their internal models, their speed of processing, the number of people involved – and a host of other interesting questions. Jason Noronha and Wing Lam present the results

  • Caution: capital models at work

    06 November 2013

    The prospect of Solvency II led many insurers to spend millions building internal capital models and the time has come to make them work for the business. But basing strategy on a tool that has been developed primarily with compliance in mind is not without risk, as Rob Collinson explains

  • Technology Guide 2013-14: vendors react to Solvency II delays

    29 October 2013

    Both users and vendors of risk management systems have faced difficult decisions as a result of the further delay in Solvency II implementation. We look at the opportunities and problems created by this and issues such as: do faster systems have to be more complex, as well as more expensive, and will vendors offer more transparency into their models?

  • Communication is the next step in internal model validation

    09 October 2013

    Internal model validation has evolved rapidly in the last three years but the key to getting real value from the process in 2014 is to focus on communication, say Charl Cronje and Tom Durkin

  • Jobs for actuaries still influenced by Solvency II

    25 September 2013

    Preparations for Solvency II sparked a huge recruitment drive for actuaries. But with the momentum gone and work nearing completion in many firms, how is the jobs market changing? Katie Kouchakji reports

  • How to develop multi-year capital projections for the ORSA

    29 August 2013

    Solvency II firms have a lot to do to develop their modelling capabilities into a multi-period capital projections. This is why Craig Turnbull and Andy Frepp recommend insurers invest in statistically robust multi-period capital proxy functions such as least-squares Monte Carlo

  • Phoenix breathes new life into its actuarial systems

    03 July 2013

    The UK closed-fund consolidator has replaced its myriad modelling systems with just one, in a huge three-year project that is said to have been on time and on budget. For Phoenix, the project was not only operationally necessary; it was a strategic imperative. InsuranceERM explains