• US ORSA comes to life

    19 June 2015

    Before the end of the year, large US insurers will submit an ORSA report to supervisors. This represents a step change for the industry, but is likely to be just the beginning of a broader process of transformation, Hugo Coelho reports

  • NAIC's Urias: "ICS should not be tied to one valuation methodology, not at this stage"

    14 May 2015

    The attempt to create global convergence on insurance supervision is proving to be a bumpy ride. Christina Urias, the NAIC's director for international regulatory affairs, explains to Hugo Coelho how the states view the reinsurance collateral agreement with the EU and the global capital standard.

  • A sea-change in the perception of ERM

    28 April 2015

    Towers Watson's eighth biennial survey of insurers' attitudes towards enterprise risk management (ERM) has revealed that most now see it adding value to the business. Christopher Cundy reports

  • Low rates usher an era of 'new traditional' products

    24 February 2015

    Austrian insurer Uniqa has replaced its traditional guaranteed product with a 'new traditional' product that comes with a 0% guarantee and bonus at maturity. It is just the latest insurer to adjust its product portfolio in response to the twin threats of low rates and Solvency II. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Tough battle ahead for global capital standards

    19 February 2015

    The response of US state insurance regulators to the IAIS consultation on the insurance capital standard sheds light over hurdles on the way of a global compromise. Hugo Coelho reports

  • Hong Kong: on the road to RBC

    12 February 2015

    It is early days for the development of Hong Kong's risk-based capital regime, but insurers already fear it will bring substantial changes to their businesses. Hugo Coelho reports

  • The threat from cyber: Are insurers heading for a meltdown?

    05 January 2015

    The recent establishment of a dedicated cyber insurance agency in London by former US homeland security secretary Tom Ridge demonstrates its growing popularity. But as the prevalence of recent high-profile hacking incidents demonstrates, this is not a class without its dangers, as Marcus Alcock investigates

  • Mitigating the cycle

    11 December 2014

    While there have been significant advances in quantifying the uncertainty pertaining to 'dark matter' risks such as casualty catastrophe or cyber, says Victoria Jenkins, it is worth considering how they may manifest themselves in the future and what can be done about them now

  • 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

  • John Huff: Capital cannot be the only answer to systemic risk

    30 October 2014

    While in Amsterdam for the conference of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, Hugo Coelho caught up with Missouri insurance commissioner John Huff. Here he elaborates on his criticism of global standards, and discusses key aspects in the tug of war between the US and Europe on the convergence of insurance regulation