Policy-makers consider extending capital backstop to global insurers

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Regulators are weighing up imposing a capital backstop on international insurers other than the nine designated systemically important (G-Siis). The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) will decide as early as 2014 whether to extend coverage of the so-called basic capital requirement (BCR), it revealed in a consultation paper published this week. The BCR is intended to provide a foundation for higher loss absorbency (HLA) requirements for G-Sii, the capital add-on to be i