UK MP's annuities switching plan faces Solvency II hurdle

Pensions minister's plan to allow pensioners to swap annuity providers could make insurers ineligible for matching adjustment


Solvency II infrastructure charges need political decision

Lack of data leaves Eiopa's proposed charges unaltered


Industry digests impact of LTGA

The insurance industry has had barely three days to consider the report from Eiopa on the long-term guarantees assessment, but it's long enough for experts to have identified several problems and for lobby group Insurance Europe to express its disappointment at the latest proposals on Solvency II. Christopher Cundy reports


Actuaries' varying roles highlighted by Fulcher careers

Paul and Graham Fulcher between them have worked in life, general insurance, reinsurance and investment banking firms, evidence of the transferability of actuarial skills, as well as different career paths. But neither of the twins is a fan of Solvency II, as Chris Cundy finds out


The unresolved issues of Solvency II

The delay of full implementation to beyond 2014 will allow extra time for important details in all three pillars of Solvency II to be resolved – and may bring old niggles to the surface again. Lorna Davies looks into some of the outstanding issues, for policy-makers and insurers, that will be kicked over in the coming months


Learning from Japan's 'lost decades'

With much of Europe mired in a deepening recession, the parallels with Japan's 'lost decades' become ever more acute. Paul Fulcher and Teoman Kaplan explore whether European insurers can learn from their Japanese peers in how to deal with a prolonged state of stagnant economic growth and low interest rates


Investors flock to Generali's €1.25bn bond

Subordinated debt designed to qualify as Tier Two capital under Solvency II


Fulcher joins Nomura to lead ALM structuring

Joins from RBS where he headed ALM advisory