Germany's interest rate reserve gets bigger - and better

German life insurers paid more into the Zinszusatzreserve again in 2020, despite the new "corridor method" of calculation that intended to unburden the sector. Industry leaders tell David Walker the ZZR remains fit for purpose nonetheless


The politics of pandemics

Combatting the next pandemic will take a lot more than vaccines, according to Frank Schiller, a board member of Germany's actuarial association. To cover the risk, insurers will need a deft understanding and the ability to work closely with the political world, as Schiller explains to David Walker


German insurers' legal costs in diesel scandal near $1bn

GDV expects further cases as plaintiffs target more vehicle manufacturers


ICS: the gift that nobody wants

The Insurance Capital Standard continues to be a source of controversy. If the IAIS thought the global capital rule had satisfied at last year's Abu Dhabi meet, they will need to think again. Sarfraz Thind reports


Covid-19 drives £4.4bn in savings for UK motor insurers

ABI said motor claims have fallen this year, but stressed underlying cost pressures remain


British insurers prolong Covid-19 support until March 2021

Industry has paid out more than £1.8bn in coronavirus-related claims


NAIC elects Dean Cameron as 2022 president

Cameron spoke at virtual conference as he has contracted Covid-19


US insurers and lawyers tussle over best pandemic insurance solution

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance hears four-way fight over pandemic risk methodology


Lloyd's sets record straight on its coal policy

Insure Our Future had slammed Lloyd's for not doing enough


Mounting ZZR contributions "appropriate" in current environment

German trade association backs methodology revised in 2018