FSA reviews insurer capital

Final comments and suggestions have been received by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) following the publication of consultation documents CP190 and CP195, which aim to improve capital adequacy among non-life and life insurers. The proposals could have far-reaching repercussions for firms holding corporate bonds.

Although no firm figures are available, the insurance sector is a principal investor in the credit market. These proposals – originally published in the summer and due to be implemented in the second half of 2004 for life companies and 2005 for non-life – could significantly change how insurance companies approach the credit market.

“Most big UK insurance companies already have to set aside differing amounts of capital according to their bond portfolios because they have to go through the

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