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Analysis

European insurers prepare for UFR change pain

Cutting the ultimate forward rate to about 3.65% over the next five years will drag down European insurers' solvency ratios as the pain of low rates feeds into long-term discounting. The big question now is whether MEPs, the Commission and German industry will work together to block Eiopa's methodology. Callum Tanner reports

View from the top: The CRO and risk team of the future

The skills of an effective risk function have evolved over the past decades due to regulatory change and financial innovation. Looking forward, the role of risk once again sits on the brink of uncertain development driven not only by regulatory change but also the threat of digital disruption, as Tom Wilson explains

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Turning liability into opportunity

There is growing evidence that exposure to phthalates has serious health impacts. Excluding phthalates from insurance contracts might be the natural response, but modelling the exposure could allow firms to see the risk as a business opportunity rather than a threat, as Praedicat chief executive Robert Reville tells Callum Tanner

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

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

Deferred tax continues to complicate SII ratios

Changing requirements from regulators over the loss absorbing-capacity of deferred tax means insurers' Solvency II capital will remain at the mercy of this complex, opaque and inconsistent factor

UK insurers' legal challenge on risk margin scuppered by regulator

Legal advice commissioned by British insurers suggested that a future management action could allow firms to significantly reduce the risk margin even while the UK regulator remains bound to EU law. So far that advice has fallen on deaf ears. Callum Tanner reports