Agenda 2017 part 1: Insurers prepare for another volatile year

Brexit, Solvency II look-through disclosures, SFCR reports, the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into Solvency II and the fallout from the Eiopa stress tests all present a daunting year ahead for insurance risk managers. Callum Tanner reports


Trio of German life insurers cut rates on policies

Allianz, Ergo and Axa take knife to policy guarantees amid ultra-low rates


Brexit may not benefit Irish market

S&P warns Dublin's strength largely down to proximity to London


Credit downgrades raise strategic questions for insurers

Investors are questioning the impact of credit downgrades on insurers' Solvency II balance sheets. Hugo Coelho investigates how firms are gauging this risk and why they resist putting a figure on it


CCR plans 1 January start for open market reinsurer

French state-backed reinsurer splits public and private business


Reinsurers wrong on cat bond flaws

Short but strong claims history and quality collateral says S&P


French insurers' profit-sharing buffer hits nine-year high

Beleaguered sector braces for low interest-rate pinch


Reinsurers raise ERM game

Sector is well-equipped to weather strong headwinds, S&P says


Brexit prompts 13-point drop in L&G's Solvency II ratio

Ratio falls to 156% from 169% at end-2015


The realities of Brexit for UK insurers

Market volatility should erode capital ratios, the possible loss of passporting rights may force restructuring and relocation – and regulation could well be tightened. Hugo Coelho reports