Awards 2011: Innovation of the year: Société Générale

When variable annuities (VAs) were launched in Europe before the financial crisis the market never really took off, due to issues over hedging.

Société Générale has developed a cost-effective hedging solution which it believes will open up the VA market in Europe. The solution is based on a technique developed for Dai Ichi Frontier Life (DFL), one of the top issuers of VAs in Japan. In 2010 it asked Soc Gen to design a solution to allow it to continue to develop its VA business while getting

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