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Complex reporting caused by Solvency II risks putting investors off insurance sector

LONDON, Tuesday 25 April, 2017 — The insurance sector is at risk of being further marginalised by investors as performance reporting becomes more complicated as a result of Solvency II, according to a report published jointly by Autonomous Research and Willis Towers Watson. Based on the analysis of the reporting statements of 31 European insurers, the report finds Solvency II has forced apart the sector’s accounting and solvency reporting, making it harder for investors to have a clear picture of how individual insurers are performing.

The report finds that Solvency II falls significantly short as a profit performance and cash generation metric that can replace embedded value (EV). The urgency of this issue is further underlined by the rapidly shrinking publication of useful EV data in Europe and the fact that the reformation of IFRS (new proposals expected to be published in May) is unlikely to help for many years. Continue reading Complex reporting caused by Solvency II risks putting investors off insurance sector

Flawed Solvency II risk margin is hurting consumers

Analysis by Willis Towers Watson finds the current formula is causing higher premium rates, reduced competition and poor value for consumers

LONDON, Thursday 16 March, 2017 — Willis Towers Watson has responded to a European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) Discussion Paper on the upcoming review of Solvency II, where it has identified significant flaws in Willis-Towers-Watsonthe formula used to calculate the risk margin and recommended a fundamental review of its methodology and calibration.
Kamran Foroughi, Director at Willis Towers Watson, said: “We believe the high level of risk margin currently attached to long-term insurance products is resulting in higher premium rates and reduced competition, leading to worse value for consumers.”
Willis Towers Watson’s submission notes that the risk margin has become a much more material component of insurers’ balance sheets, leading to a number of challenges and changes in business practice, including:
• Asset Liability Matching. Insurers’ ALM challenges related to risk margin have been exacerbated by falling interest rates.
• Risk transfer. The bigger the risk margin relative to the rest of the technical provisions, the more insurers are incentivised to offload risk to reduce the risk margin.
This can be done via reinsurance to a company outside the EU which is not bound by Solvency II rules. Continue reading Flawed Solvency II risk margin is hurting consumers

Strong pipelines underpin uplift in de-risking market

Strong pipelines, greater engagement from smaller schemes and innovation driving improved buy-in affordability are some of the key developments expected to feature in the de-risking market in 2017, according to Willis Towers Watson.

EurosThe firm is predicting that over £30bn of liabilities will be insured in 2017, through buy-ins, buyouts and longevity swaps. This is a significant year-on-year increase, returning to the levels of activity observed in 2014 (£39bn) and 2015 (£18bn), following a slower 2016 (£11bn) as participants allowed for the bedding-in of Solvency II, back books distracted some market participants from new pensions transactions and events such as the referendum caused uncertainty and headwinds across the market.

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The reality of industrialisation

The benefits of streamlining and automating actuarial processes are evident in this recent case study, as Joel Fox explains.

Much is made of the possibilities of technology to “industrialise” actuarial processes that are time consuming and labour intensive, but what gains are achievable in real life?ASC-word-cloud-v10-favorite-v33

Willis Towers Watson recently demonstrated how its Solution for Life suite of software, technology and consulting services was able to bring a host of benefits to the Solvency II production schedule of a with-profits fund.

Solvency II is challenging actuarial teams to produce results faster than ever, in the face of commercial pressures and the need to reduce operational risk.

In response to these challenges, Willis Towers Watson developed tools and techniques that have, in this case study, cut by two-thirds the time required to produce the results and reports – and with half the resource.

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Willis Towers Watson Introduces Updated Version of ResQ Reserving Software

Advanced software updated for innovations in reserving, improved performance and usability

London, Tuesday 19 January, 2016 — Global advisory, broking andWillis-Towers_Watson solutions company Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) has released ResQ 4.0, an updated version of its reserving software for property and casualty (P&C) insurers.

With ResQ 4.0, Willis Towers Watson has concentrated on ensuring the software keeps pace with advancements in computer technology while improving the user experience, particularly around ease of use and efficiency. The principal updates include:

  • A 64-bit version of ResQ, in addition to the existing 32-bit version, beneficial for companies with very large ResQ databases and for stochastic analyses with an extensive number of simulations; also provides support for clients wanting to use 64-bit Microsoft Office…

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