US insurers worry about capital if US debt deal not completed

Lack of market liquidity and stock market volatility are other concerns, Towers Watson survey finds


Lloyd's insurers need to rethink their investment strategies

Despite contributing more than half the bottom-line profits, investments have always been the poor relation within syndicates compared to underwriting. However, with asset yields lower and regulations becoming stricter, that may need to change, says Yasheen Rajan


Eurozone debt contagion threatens insurers' capital

As European leaders attempt to stem the growing sovereign debt crisis, Michael Faulkner reports on the threat to insurers of a default by Italy or Spain.


Low risk to European insurers from Greek debt

Insurers' exposure has been reduced over the past year, says Fitch


FSA warns firms over Solvency II subordinated debt

Instruments may not comply with tier 2 own fund rules


A primer in replicating portfolios

In his previous three articles in this series, Adam Koursaris looked at different methods that could be used to calculate the solvency capital requirement (SCR) where companies face an inherently nested stochastic problem. He now focuses on the replicating portfolio (RP) technique.


Testing times for European insurers

Eiopa's latest wave of stress tests has sparked controversy. With critics questioning the worth of the exercise, Lorna Davies asks what value they can bring.


Bernardino: "Two-year transitional adequate for hybrid debt"

Speaking exclusively to InsuranceERM, chairman of Eiopa Gabriel Bernardino dismisses criticisms that Solvency II will damage the insurance industry but says fine tuning is needed. Michael Faulkner reports.