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Mutual LV= weighs merger or disposals as capital rules bite

One of Britain’s largest financial services mutuals has been involved in a secret hunt for a merger partner as a combination of tougher capital requirements and low interest rates hamper its profitability.

dddvtureSky News has learnt that LV=, which has nearly 6m UK customers across insurance, pensions and income protection products, has held aborted talks in recent months with Royal London, its fellow mutual, about a possible tie-up.

Those talks are said to have broken down amid a disagreement over the structure of a deal.

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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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Don’t bank on Solvency II going away anytime soon

It has become a bit of a guessing game trying to figure out why the UK population voted for Brexit: was it immigration, money, sovereignty? 

However, there is anotheraid1947220-728px-get-rid-of-annoying-people-step-1-version-3 meme that has always appeared in the UK’s wrangles with Europe and that is the issue of what people like to call “red tape.”

The view goes that outside the European Union (EU), the UK will be able to jettison many of the rules that it has found inconvenient.

There’s no doubt that many, even those who did not support the Leave campaign, would not weep to see the back of some of the more overbearing EU financial regulations.

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Insurers claim capital rules are harming customers

UK insurance groups have claimed that the latest EU capital regulations are harming customers and distorting markets — and are calling for changes in the way they are implemented.

According to thefrustrated-home-inspector-customers Association of British Insurers, the Solvency II rules, which came into force at the start of the year, have had unintended consequences and a reassessment is needed.

Its comments come in a submission to parliament’s Treasury select committee, which has launched an inquiry into the post-Brexit future of Solvency II in the UK.

When it launched the investigation in September, the committee said it would look at the impact of the rules on customers, the economy and the competitiveness of the UK insurance industry.

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PensionsEurope seizes on Norway plan to warn against solvency rules

PensionsEurope has responded to Norwegian plans to introduce solvency capital requirements for pension funds to reiterate warnings on the detrimental effect of such requirements and again point to IORP II statements againstkayaking_in_reine_lofoten_norway_2_1_e9050661-f349-4d95-bb31-8d4cd40ff0ea the further development of solvency models for pension funds.

Commenting on Norwegian government plans to introduce a simplified Solvency II requirement for pension funds in January 2018, the umbrella association for national workplace pension bodies warned against solvency capital requirements for pension funds – be they at national or EU level – as they would have significant negative consequences.

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A fundamental flaw in Solvency II

In his submission to the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions (CEIOPS), now known as the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority stop(EIOPA) consultation of 2009, on the Level 2 implementation of the risk margin, Dutch actuary Hans Waszink drew attention to a fundamental flaw in the proposed formula.

In particular, he pointed out that, in certain conditions, the risk margin could be even higher than the solvency capital requirement (SCR) itself.

This incongruity had been of little practical significance in most situations, but in the current low interest rate environment and for long-duration obligations such as longevity it can, and does, produce very anomalous outcomes.

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IVASS approves look-through approach to determine solvency capital requirements

IVASS, the Italian insurance regulator, recently approved IVASS Regulation 28 of July 26 2016 on aon-benfield-swiss-re-weather-reinsurancethe look-through approach to determine the solvency capital requirements of insurers in the context of:

Under the standard formula, the solvency capital requirement will be determined by applying the look-through approach to collective investment schemes consisting of undertakings for collective…

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Malta: a gateway to Europe

In a post-Solvency II world and against the backdrop of the UK’s leaving the EU, Malta can offer companies a robust regulatory regime, access to Europe and innovative structures such as protected cell special-malta-wallpapercompanies and ILS, Penny Hudson at Artex Risk Solutions tells Monte Carlo Today.

The attraction and benefits of Malta as a domicile are already established, although the jurisdiction is seeing potential enhancement due to the UK’s planned exit from the European Union as it will reap the rewards of its own EU membership and sustained investment in its regulatory regime, infrastructure and education system needed to support its fast-growing financial services sector.

That is the view of Penny Hudson, director and head of the Malta office at Artex Risk Solutions, the specialist in insurance management and alternative risk programmes.

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Solvency II changes may threaten investment returns for policyholders

Rushed changes to the ultimate forward rate (UFR) could risk pushing insurers towards sub-optimal investment strategies, solvency-2-2012-web-512x288which could unnecessarily impact policyholders’ returns negatively, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.

It says that it is unnecessary to change the UFR before the Solvency II review stressing that the current framework has several additional layers of protection in place already to make sure policyholder claims will be paid.

On possible changes to the methodology for calculating the UFR to a European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority meeting, Insurance Europe said there is no need for changing it either for prudential or policyholder protection reasons.

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