International capital standards: the US's chorus of disapproval

Development of the global insurance capital standard (ICS) has always been controversial. But the level of ire expressed by the US government, regulators and insurers at this week's NAIC conference was unprecedented. Sarfraz Thind reports


Just Group's sales tumble as capital measures take effect

Annuity sales were hit by new rules around equity-release mortgages


German life insurers relish €4.5bn-plus saving on ZZR contributions

The revised methodology for calculating Germany's special interest rate reserves is saving billions for the country's life insurers. David Walker reports


Mnuchin aims broadside at Insurance Capital Standard

US Treasury secretary spells out US concerns at NAIC’s international insurance forum


US variable annuities reform wins Moody's approval

The rating agency views the reform as credit positive


Sampo considers debt issue to restore solvency capital

Nordea Bank's recent shift to Finland means higher buffer required on Sampo's 20% holding


The CRO and pianist who hits all the right notes

Justin Skinner is chief risk officer at Vitality, the pioneering life and health insurer. He talks to Ronan McCaughey about his career, the risk management challenges associated with technology – and Queen's greatest hits


Zurich "on track" to hit targets despite P&C dip

Currency movements and ADAC sell-off was negative for P&C premiums


Athene sets up $4bn capital facility to pursue large deals

Acquisitions, reinsurance and pension risk transfer deals on the cards for Bermudan annuity writer


Valuation differences eroding confidence in ILS market

Growth in public insurance-linked securities slows, says Willis Re