Rates challenge for UK pension funds and US insurers

Monetary easing in both markets will lower returns


Guide to economic scenario generators

Regulatory change and the proliferation of guarantee products have driven the development of a range of economic scenario generators (ESGs). Here's a detailed look at the different approaches of 11 such models, based on responses from their producers and providers to an InsuranceERM questionnaire.


"Solvency II and Basel will fail in a crisis"

The directives just won't work, says Prudential Financial vice chairman


Other markets seek inspiration from Solvency II

While Switzerland, the US and Bermuda are seen as the most important countries in terms of equivalence with Solvency II, other jurisdictions are also pressing ahead in developing similar risk-based regulation. Lorna Davies reports.


Prudential completes first pension buy-in transaction in US

Investment and longevity risk transferred in $75m transaction


Japan Post and Axa top rankings of world's largest insurers

Latest annual rankings by A M Best are based on assets and on net premiums written


Aviva joins the Life and Longevity Markets Association

Aviva has joined the Life & Longevity Markets Association, bringing the LLMA's membership to eleven.


Expect over £1bn in pension risk transfer deals this quarter

Hymans Robertson also predicts surge in longevity swaps in 2011


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.


Longevity markets association expands

Index methodology consultation set for third quarter