The record longevity swap announced by BT recently uses a structure that will only appeal to the largest pension schemes, say experts. However, elements of the deal might be picked up by others, particularly...
Insurers are finding that infrastructure investment activity is limited and dominated by a handful of firms while others are left out
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The recognition of diversification benefits in Solvency II is prompting a transformation in the way insurers manage risk. Firms are reconsidering their product mix and looking at innovative risk-sharing arrangements to maximise capital efficiency. Hugo...
A recent deal between XL and GreyCastle is made possible by the long-term objectives of the buyer’s backers. Rob Mannix spoke to GreyCastle’s chief executive Raymond Brooks about how this approach is different from that of other similar investments...
Market volatility is at its lowest level since the financial crisis – but should insurers be preparing for the inevitable return to a more volatile environment? Blake Evans-Pritchard reports
The Swedish supervisor has alerted insurers to concerns about the fair distribution of surpluses for with-profits policies. Practitioners are worried about the possible effects should the supervisor follow the lead of its Danish counterpart. Rob Mannix...
Insurers have collected a proliferation of modelling platforms, which means generating regular reports can be a complex and time-consuming exercise. The way forward is for firms to consolidate their models. Clive Davidson reports
Private equity firms are snapping up assets as insurers divest their less profitable arms in difficult times. But regulators are concerned at the implications of fast-money firms owning long-term life businesses. Louie Woodall reports
Insurers are preparing changes to the design of unit-linked products in response to Solvency II rules on contract boundaries. This could mean fixing expense charges, or adding death cover to policies free of charge. By doing so, firms hope to take credit...
In response to industry fears of a collateral crunch, regulators have revised the proposed rules on margining for uncleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.You can find out more by downloading this white paper here.
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