• Gen Re's Jules Constantinou: technology can make insurance more meaningful

    03 August 2017

    Jules Constantinou, regional manager for life and health at GenRe UK and Ireland, and president-elect of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, vows to make insurance more meaningful to society. He tells Cintia Cheong how technology can help achieve that

  • Yes, no, maybe: the PRA responds to industry's Solvency II reform agenda

    17 March 2017

    The UK regulator has made a point-by-point reply to the Association of British Insurers' agenda for Solvency II reforms and confirmed its priority to review the reporting requirements. Christopher Cundy reports

  • Actuaries price themselves out of data science jobs

    03 January 2017

    The skills needed in the 'big data' revolution closely match those held by actuaries, but well-qualified individuals are unlikely to find the sector financially attractive, as Cintia Cheong finds in her report on actuarial recruitment in the UK

  • L'exception française?

    02 August 2016

    The French government is proposing to exempt supplementary pension products from Solvency II capital requirements, a seismic change that will give the sector much needed relief. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Germany hits the brakes on its €32bn ZZR

    04 February 2016

    The ballooning level of additional interest rate reserves has prompted reforms to the rules, but few insurers took advantage in 2015. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Blip, trend or poor model? Insurers respond to shift in mortality projections

    06 October 2015

    Recent mortality projections for England and Wales have led some observers to question whether this marks the start of a new trend – or the need to build a new model. Asa Gibson reports

  • Pension risk - the hidden dangers to insurers

    30 April 2015

    Pension scheme risk can be both material and tough to measure under Solvency II's still-developing rules. Tim Marklew and Tom Durkin consider how insurers are managing this risk and the pitfalls they face.

  • Dutch insurers tread the MA minefield

    24 March 2015

    The Dutch regulator is poised to publish guidance for insurers on use of the matching adjustment. Repackaging of mortgage loans is one bone of contention, another is the treatment of pension contracts. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Infrastructure assets retain appeal for insurers

    17 April 2014

    Even if recent pension reforms result in falling demand for annuities in the UK, an increasingly competitive insurance market is likely to sustain the demand for high-yielding assets like infrastructure projects, say Michael Wilkins and Oliver Herbert

  • The UK pensions bombshell: opportunities among the wreckage?

    11 April 2014

    The UK annuities market is undergoing a dramatic change as the rules on retirement products are rewritten. In this article, Christopher Cundy looks at five major implications for products and strategy