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Agri Prevoyance requires recapitalising after ratio hits 114%

Agricultural industry underwriter reveals plan in SFCR

More European life backbook deals likely from Axa, deputy CEO confirms

Axa XL Re H1 premiums and revenues fall as group cuts natcat risk

Generali and Unipol assessed for BTP exposure as Italy demoted

S&P Global Ratings has downgraded Italy's outlook to stable

Full extent of transitional measures in Germany revealed

The measures and the volatility adjustment maintain capital adequacy for some insurers

FTI Consulting expands EMEA insurance practice to more than 40

Latest hires include pricing model, M&A and capital modelling experts

RSA risk veteran David Innes to leave after almost 34 years' service

He has served in chief actuarial, capital and risk roles

Axa reworked entire German life portfolio ahead of Athora sale

Axa Deutschland's SFCR said partial guarantees now "the new market standard"

Direct Line cancels share buyback as inflation worries mount

UK motor insurer's solvency drops 26pp in six months

Axa inks €660m deal with Athora for €16bn German life book sale

Deferred annuities and endowments had average guarantee of 3.2%

Insurers may face capital erosion akin to 2020 crisis

S&P Global said European insurers have been impacted by the drop in equity and bond markets

China's insurers suffer expected fall in solvency as C-Ross Phase II takes effect

CBIRC says ratios "remain within a reasonable range"

Rising interest rates unlikely to deter life back-book sellers, says Moody's

Jefferies urging Axa to consider German legacy life book sale

Analysis

Solvency II in Germany: four insurers below 100% ratio without transitional measures

New analysis from Insurance Risk Data picks up where Eiopa left off, evaluating the use of the long-term guarantees measures in Germany, the EEA country where they are most popular. David Walker reports

The UK's Solvency II reform proposals: reactions summarised

Actuaries, US insurers, environmental campaigners have joined the UK industry in responding to Solvency II reform proposals. Christopher Cundy and David Walker report

Japan steps forward with ICS-based capital framework

Japan is midway through development of a new capital framework that takes its lead from the Insurance Capital Standard. This should make it a beacon for international prudential rules, as the FSA's Shigeru Ariizumi explains to Sarfraz Thind

R.I.P. traditional life insurance

Low interest rates killed off European life insurance products that offered policyholders guaranteed annual returns. Even now as rates rise, David Walker finds practitioners are ready to bury the concept

ALM and capital management under Hong Kong's RBC

Richard Chan, Hong Kong chief investment officer and Asia head of ALM at Axa, discusses Hong Kong's forthcoming risk-based capital regime and how insurers will respond

Bigger does not mean better for insurers

Expanding an insurance business in good times typically meant growing profits. In today's tougher economic environment, Europe's largest insurers are being much more prudent about spending capital, and are only considering very careful expansion, as David Walker writes