Category Archives: Europe

Bermuda: Changes to Bermuda Solvency Capital Requirement Postponed

In the light of concerns raised in industry feedback, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) has decided to postpone the introduction of various adjustments to the Bermuda Solvency Capital Requirement (BSCR) standard formula that were proposed in its November 2016 Consultation Paper.

The adjustments were originally scheduled to be field-tested in 2017 with a view to their implementation for year-end filings for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2017. They will now be introduced for year-end filings for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2018. There will then be a three-year grade-in period.

The BMA considers that the adjustments are necessary to bring the BSCR into line with international standards. The adjust­ments include the following:

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EDHEC: Solvency II Prudential Regulation – An Impediment To The Return Of Insurers To The Property Market

In a position paper entitled “The Impact of Solvency II Prudential Regulation on Property Financing in the Insurance Industry”, the Financial Analysis and Accounting Research Centre and the Economics Research Centre at EDHEC Business School conduct a critical analysis of the calibration of property risk under Solvency II prudential regulation.

This study, conducted in partnership with the French Ministry for Housing, tests the robustness of the calculations for two key elements within the Solvency II calibration – the size of the property shock (Value-at-Risk) and the correlation of real estate with other asset classes.

The challenge of this analysis is sizeable given that the European insurance sector currently has €10 trillion worth of outstanding investments. 

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European growth, regulatory changes drive asset moves

The recovery of the European economy — combined with moves by regulators to free up potential sources of return — is leading to a paradigm shift in asset allocation. But conflicting regulatory regimes could curtail some of the opportunity, sources said.

European pension funds’ investing patterns are beginning to change, thanks to a lifting of asset allocation restrictions across the Continent that is coinciding with the long-awaited recovery in the European economy and a changing global interest rate environment.

The global financial crisis left asset owners in Europe with no appetite for more volatile asset classes.

And European pension funds historically were heavily invested in fixed-income instruments.

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Moody’s: Solvency II regulatory disclosures unlikely to affect European insurers’ credit quality

Creditworthiness of European rated insurers is unlikely to be affected when they will have to reveal, for the first time starting in May 2017, the extent to which their Solvency II ratios are enhanced by various measures, including transitionals and long-term guarantee measures, says Moody’s Investors Service in a report published today. The disclosures are part of insurers’ compliance reporting under the new capital regime.

Moody’s report, “Insurers — Europe: New Solvency II disclosure to provide insight, but unlikely to change our credit view,” is available on www.moodys.com. Moody’s subscribers can access this report via the link provided at the end of this press release. The rating agency’s report is an update to the markets and does not constitute a rating action.

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British regulator to focus more on protecting insurance policyholders

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – The Bank of England said it
will devote greater effort to ensuring more consistent
protection for those who would suffer most if their insurance
policies do not pay out as promised. The move follows a review by the central bank’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), published on Monday, which looked into
how the BoE’s supervisory arm, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), ensures that policyholders are properly protected. PRA work on the issue had been “crowded out” by “live supervisory issues” and the need to implement European Union capital rules known as Solvency II by January 2016, the IEO said in its report. The PRA’s “articulation of its policyholder protection responsibilities appears to be unfinished business”, although there was no evidence that PRA supervisors were falling short of their duties, the IEO said.

BoE Deputy Governor and PRA Chief Executive, Sam Woods, said the PRA does not seek to protect all policyholders equally and will direct more resources to those who would suffer greater financial hardship if their policies do not pay out as promised.

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NAIC asks Treasury secretary to review EU-US covered agreement

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has asked the new Treasury secretary to clarify provisions of the covered agreement reached between the United States and the European Union in response to the bloc’s Solvency II directive. 

The covered agreement deal negotiated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Obama administration and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, announced on Jan. 13, aims to address the fact that the European Commission has not deemed the United States an equivalent jurisdiction, per the EU’s Solvency II directive outlining a risk-based capital regime for insurers and reinsurers in Europe.

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Solvency II means no need for new EU insurance framework

This announcement is in response to a European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) consultation on the potential harmonisation of frameworks for insurers.that_s_all_folks__by_surrimugge-d6rfav1

The lobby group said in its position paper that Solvency II already allows early intervention when either the Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR), or the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) are breached, and that this is sufficient.

It states: “Insurance Europe believes it is important to reiterate that Solvency II already provides several safeguards that…

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Solvency II complicates captive strategies

The implementation of Solvency II in Europe has provided an additional risk management tool to owners of European captives, but at a cost, forcing risk managers to re-examine whether they are getting the best use out of their captives.confused-face-484x295

Solvency II, the European Union-wide risk-based capital rules for insurers and reinsurers, came into force in January 2016, and with it came new elements that have affected captives, for better or for worse.

“What we’re seeing as managers is an increased interest in strategic reviews and companies re-examining the captives to explore optimization opportunities and thus potentially…

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Buyouts more affordable but only for a handful of schemes

Buyouts have become more feasible as annuity pricing for non-pensioners has improved, but some experts say many schemes still have a long way to go before being able to afford a buyout or buy-in transaction.GettyImages-99978274.0

Research conducted by consultancy LCP shows that around 1m people had their defined benefit pension insured through a buy-in or buyout, as insurers started to find their feet following the introduction of Solvency II.

More recently, the Cancer Research UK Pension Scheme completed a £250m pensioner buy-in with Canada Life as part of the scheme’s plan to reduce risk, including an introduction last year to liability-driven investing.

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Deal or no deal? US divided on EU insurance agreement

On the face of it, the insurance covered agreement announced on January 13 should be everything Donald Trump detests. Signed in the final days of Barack Obama’s administration, when Trump had already been elected, the deal is between the US and the European Union – an institution the new president has repeatedly disparaged.1343

It will pre-empt the authority of individual US state legislators and require them to defer to EU regulation of European insurers in US markets.

On top of that, the agreement was negotiated by the Federal Insurance Office (FIO), an Obama-era creation Republican lawmakers are keen to abolish.

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