Proposals to apply Solvency II's long-term guarantees package to cross-border businesses will make political agreement on the recommendations harder to achieve, experts say.
Swedish insurers have welcomed a proposal for a Solvency II-based discount curve, but there are concerns that the curve could be distorted by speculators.
News that European Commissioner Barnier has confirmed that a Directive for pension schemes will not include solvency requirements has been welcomed by JP Morgan Asset Management.
Interim guidelines for Solvency II will help insurance companies prepare for the new regime and improve consistency between member states, according to Gabriel Bernardino, the chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa)....
Insurers are scaling up their inflation hedging activity in response to growing concerns over the threat of rising prices.
Solvency II should not be side-tracked by politicians' efforts to encourage insurers to invest in infrastructure projects and other long-term assets, warns Karel Van Hulle, the former head of insurance at the European Commission.
Former IMF and Banque de France chief Jacques de Larosière says the introduction of a swath of new regulations in Europe may jeopardise the continent’s growth
The Swedish financial regulator is to introduce Solvency II's discount rate methodology for calculating the value of life insurance and pension fund liabilities next year.
The area of Human Resources should not be forgotten amid the myriad responses to regulations in the pipeline - such as AIFMD, Solvency II, Basel III, MiFID II, Fatca, and Ucits V - according to governance, risk and compliance software and services providers...
The one-size-fits-all approach to Solvency II regulation under EIOPA could spell trouble where those affected rely on bonds of different types and durations, suggests research from EDHEC, the French business school.
Fund managers worldwide overwhelmingly consider the burden of regulation to be the biggest challenge they will face in the coming year.
Europe’s asset-backed securities (ABS) market suffered significant damage to its reputation by being linked to the US sub-prime crisis in 2007. Three years on, practitioners are warning of more damage at the hands of European regulation.
Further research and analysis of the effects on long term guarantees of the introduction of Solvency II rules have been postponed, reports Swedish regulator Finansinspektionen.
In the fifth and final part of our serialisation of a Solvency II study, published recently by Clear Path Analysis, Charles Pears of Insight Investment discusses how insurers can build diversified investment portfolios with an eye on Solvency II restrictions,...
In the fourth part of the serialisation of a Solvency II study, published recently by Clear Path Analysis, a roundtable discusses the challenges of Pillar III, and how asset managers need to communicate more with insurers about the upcoming regulation....
In the third part of the serialisation of a Solvency II study, published recently by Clear Path Analysis, a roundtable discusses how to 'prove your model now and into the future', and also how risk management could be affected by Solvency II.
In the second part of the serialisation of a Solvency II study, published recently by Clear Path Analysis, a roundtable discusses how unlevel the competitive playing field will become for European and non-European insurers, and why asset managers also...
Solvency II in focus - Unintended consequences and how regulation encourages short-term thinking in insurance
This week we serialise a study, published recently by Clear Path Analysis, on Solvency II regulations and their impact on asset managers and insurers.
Le code des assurances français prévoit que les titres à revenus fixes peuvent être comptabilisés en coûts historiques, avec le postulat qu'ils sont détenus jusqu'à leur échéance, selon des analyses de Groupama Asset Management.
Alexander Schindler, Union Investments’ institutional business head, says helping pensions and insurers is not just about investment products and advice.
Standard Life Investments, headquartered in Edinburgh, is perhaps best known for its presence in the UK. But European clients make up 9% of its nearly €200bn assets under management.
The latest postponement of the European Parliament's critical vote on Omnibus II could undermine the negotiations to finalise the Omnibus II Directive and ultimately damage the international reputation of Solvency II, experts warn.
The independent research unit of Simcorp has produced a comprehensive report on what Europe's asset managers, insurers and other financial industry practitioners need to do, primarily in terms of IT systems, to be ready to meet demands put upon them by...
European policy-makers has been urged to adjust Solvency II's treatment of bonds, after a study found that the current calibration of the standard formula does not adequately reflect the risks associated with very high-risk bond types.