• Keeping faith in credit ratings

    16 June 2015

    Insurers can no longer blindly trust credit ratings, but must have frameworks to assess the suitability of both internal and external ratings. Sarah Wall explains what is required

  • Smarter technology calls for smarter thinking

    26 May 2015

    Recent advancements in consumer electronics have served both as a source of fascination and a source for concern in the boardrooms. Insurers should avoid getting lost in apps and gadgets and instead identify how technology can be leveraged to add value, says Torbjörn Magnusson

  • Gilt-swap spread risk charge to accelerate ALM rethink

    08 May 2015

    A request by the UK regulator for internal firms to hold capital against the basis risk in their government bond portfolios will increase incentives for the insurers to move away from long-dated government bonds into swaps. Hugo Coelho reports

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • UK insurers rush 'own interpretation' of Solvency II rules

    29 July 2014

    The Association of British Insurers has compiled a confidential paper setting out the industry's reading of the Solvency II rules in a number of contentious areas, prompting an update from the regulator saying where they have got it wrong. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Beleaguered German insurers off the hook for reserve sharing

    03 July 2014

    The government is looking at reforms to counteract the continuing low interest rate environment. Hugo Coelho investigates

  • Hedge funds bring risk and return to reinsurance business

    24 June 2014

    Hedge funds are changing the nature of reinsurance. The heavy emphasis on investment returns might serve them well in declining reinsurance markets, but there are risks involved with this approach. Sarfraz Thind 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