Louie Woodall is the editor of Risk Quantum. He was previously deputy editor for Risk.net's risk management desk, and before that covered equity derivatives and structured products for the derivatives desk. Louie holds a bachelor’s degree in modern history and politics from the University of London.
Sovereign-guaranteed loans provide yield boost for insurers
Third-party solutions increasingly sought by firms seeking reinsurance and retrocession
Authority promises guidelines on early implementation of risk governance and Orsa rules, but some doubt remains
Fears that delay in releasing specifications will lead to inaccurate results
But questions remain over cost and complexity of regulator's proposals
Concerns that technical specifications may be released only days before assessment is launched
Supervisors say existing guidance has yet to be tested and may not work
Geneva Association research shows proposals for regulating systemically risky insurers are'misguided'
Phase-in of Solvency II a threat to level playing field, warn insurers
Swiss Re infrastructure deal shows developing appetite of insurers to finance long-term projects
New technical specifications on Solvency II’s capital requirements make some significant changes to the way insurers calculate their own funds, but they also leave some unanswered questions. Louie Woodall reports
Companies prepared to take ALM mismatch to access higher yields on reinvestment
Increased ZZR reserves 'threat to insurers' business model'
Third-quarter results show small increase in equity exposure and lower-grade corporates
Specifications unclear on premium volume definition for risk-factor calculation, say actuaries
Guidance needed on treatment of with-profits fund surpluses under new supervisory regime
French regulator also considering adjusting pre-approval schedule
IAIS proposals will encourage regulatory arbitrage due to lack of global capital standard,experts warn
Regulator faces gold-plating criticism over transposition of Solvency II into sourcebook
FSA proposals to ease Icas modelling burden raise questions over inclusion of Solvency II risk margin
Suggestions that regulator is already beginning to apply Solvency II assumptions to capital calculations
Solvency II must be completed this parliamentary term, insists Econ chair Sharon Bowles
Modelling and regulatory impact of new asset classes must be considered in search for higher yield