More stress tests from AM Best

Italian crisis greater threat to insurers than Greece


Concern grows over UK non-life reserve adequacy

Sector is struggling in economic environment, says AM Best


Corrective pricing needed for UK non-life

But material capital erosion unlikely, says AM Best


Reinsurers ready to move

After lukewarm investor interest, says AM Best


Will Qatar succeed in the captive market?

Perhaps with an eye on the captive insurers in European locations concerned at forthcoming Solvency II regulations, as well as on the exploding demand for financial services in the Gulf, Qatar has launched an ambitious bid to become a base for captives. Lorna Davies assesses its chances of success.


Captives "must address Solvency II challenge"

Strong risk-based capital and robust risk management required for new regime, says AM Best


SST implementation provides lessons for Solvency II

The five year period to complete implementation of the Swiss Solvency Test is almost at an end but the country's regulator has been unable to approve definitively any insurer's internal model. What are the lessons for other European regulators? Helen Yates explains


Capital erosion isn't a problem for insurers -- yet

The financial crisis hasn't dented re/insurers' capital too badly. Sources of capital remain to be tapped. But pray for a light hurricane season, says Helen Yates.


Re-rating the rating agencies

The global financial crisis has raised serious questions about the reliability of credit ratings. Helen Yates asks what this means for European insurers and for ratings under Solvency II.