US derivatives clampdown proceeds

Legislation could be in place by year-end


ISDA launches CDS marketplace website

It aims to make market more understandable and accessible


"Pension risk as important as other financial risks"

LCP report shows failings in this area have been very costly for some UK schemes


With-profits insurers need modern investment strategies

By adopting a more sophisticated investment approach, the firms will achieve better use of their capital and consistent investment outperformance, argues Yasheen Rajan.


Insurers should take a fresh look at their own pension funds

UK Insurers that operate defined benefit pensions can reduce the cost of their regulatory capital if they take a more holistic view, says Yasheen Rajan


Mercer launches de-risking solution for UK pensions market

It should enable decisions to be made faster in volatile markets


Moody's stress-tests life insurers

More downgrades may result


How low interest rates hit the non-life sector

Pressure on pricing and profitability is the result


Insurers face up to underwriting for profit

Without their usual solid investment returns to fall back on, insurers will have to work harder to make a profit in 2009. Helen Yates considers their options.


Constructing a term structure of unconditional interest rate volatility

Making assumptions about uncertainty far into the future, as insurance companies have to, is fraught with difficulty, especially as the data is limited beyond 10 years. Steffen Sorensen of Barrie & Hibbert explains how to tackle this problem.