NAIC's SMI group to reconvene after Irene disruption

Members will discuss Solvency Modernisation Initiative in November


NAIC presses on with solvency modernisation

The SMI is only partly related to Europe's move towards Solvency II, says the NAIC. There are similarities between the two which might smooth the path to equivalence between them, but US critics of the SMI could cause delays. Lorna Davies reports.


Rating agencies still big influence on capital and ERM policies

Aon Benfield highlights agencies' growing role in Asia


US in regulation talks with EU

Equivalence is on agenda for Frankfurt meeting


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.


Downgrade of US credit won't affect insurers

NAIC president says no impact on insurer investments in US government securities


Outstanding issues could yet have big impact on Solvency II

Although implementation of Solvency II is only just over two years away, many issues still have to be resolved which could significantly change the impact of the directive. Jon Hocking and Farooq Hanif of Morgan Stanley and Lukas Ziewer and Astrid Jaekel of Oliver Wyman highlight the issues and explain the uncertainties around them.


Most "third" countries seek equivalence assessment

CEIOPS sends final advice to EC: US and Japan are issues


Equivalence debate hots up

A lot of horse-trading between Europe and the US will be needed if equivalence is to be recognized for the US under Solvency II. Some European insurers with big operations in the US already have a plan B in place, as Jessica Baylis reports.


NAIC seeks CMBS modeller to assess insurers' risk

Will parallel PIMCO's role in RMBS