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News

Zurich reports Swiss solvency ratio of 262% for H1

Group business operating profit rose to $3.4bn, the highest since 2008

Free listing deadline closes today for InsuranceERM's technology guide

Entries should cover insurance risk management software - and the deadline is today 12 August

Hedge fund hit prompts $278m H1 loss for SiriusPoint

Losses from catastrophes and the Ukraine conflict were also cited

Russian impairments hit Generali's H1 result

But group launches €500m share buyback

Generali and Unipol assessed for BTP exposure as Italy demoted

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

Insurers in the frontline for climate risk shocks

ECB and ESRB warn climate risk shocks could spread throughout the financial system

Direct Line cancels share buyback as inflation worries mount

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

L&G's solvency surges 25pp in six months

Sales of bulk annuities continue to rise

EDITORIAL: Boris wades in on Solvency II

Christopher Cundy comments on the political games in prudential regulation

Axa analyses biodiversity impact of its operations

There are not yet commonly accepted tools to measure biodiversity

Rising interest rates ease ZZR bill for German life firms

Many reported lower ZZR bills in 2021, while two expect none in 2022

InsuranceERM Americas awards 2022: winners revealed

The 20 awards recognise risk management excellence by insurance players in the Americas

South Korean insurers given capital relief in bumpy investment markets

Paper bond losses trigger solvency re-think by regulator

Analysis

Life back-book consolidators shrug off threat from rising rates

Rising interest rates are unlikely to stop life insurers from selling their legacy liabilities to consolidators, as many other incentives for doing deals remain. David Walker reports

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

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

Blockchain in insurance: surviving the wreckage

Blockchain technology has so far failed to revolutionise the insurance business, but it has found some niches where it seems to be enduring. Paul Walsh reports

Sarah Williams cultivates new risk strategy at Guardian Life

Sarah Williams found a new job and a new hobby during the pandemic. Now chief risk officer at Guardian Life - and a keen gardener - she is planning to make both flourish, as she explains to Ronan McCaughey

Insurers happy with UK's Solvency II plans, but capital savings remain uncertain

The government has grabbed positive headlines with its proposals to reform Solvency II, but the industry is cautious about the how they will pan out. Cintia Cheong reports