FSA receiving "good quality" IM applications

But timetable is tight, says Julian Adams


MassMutual's Ward sees regulatory risk as the major challenge

US insurers are still dealing with regulations sparked by the financial crisis, and there are more on the way, MassMutual's risk supremo Betsy Ward tells Gloria Gonzalez. Ward also talks about the North American CRO Council, solvency modernisation and US equivalence with Europe


Latest £50bn of QE could add £40bn to pension fund deficits

Long-dated gilts already stretched by high demand from pension funds, says Pension Corporation


IAIS to release ComFrame draft

Will launch on 2 July


Law firm RPC to open office in Hong Kong

Team of 40 will cover insurance, litigation and commercial work


FINMA reviews Swiss Solvency Test in light of SII

While the Swiss regulator is firmly against some aspects of Solvency II, it is refining the Swiss Solvency Test to align it more closely with the EU directive and admits its model approval process could have been better thought-out, as Sarfraz Thind explains


Lloyd's forms US reinsurance alliance

ATRA will focus on large reinsurance transactions


Tidjane Thiam to chair the ABI

May scotch rumours of the Pru moving HQ to Hong Kong


"Solvency II is more complex than it should have been" - Montalvo

The Eiopa chief says demands for increasing granularity have added complexity but the directive's core principle is solid - and the 2014 start date can still be met. Lorna Davies reports


Solvency II goes global

Solvency II, even before it goes live, is having an impact far beyond the 30 European countries it applies to. Three countries have applied for equivalence with the EU regime, eight others are interested in the transitional equivalence provisions and other countries are adopting some of the principles of Solvency II, as Lorna Davies reports