The encroachment of Solvency II

Insurance companies in Europe are taking a fresh look at the management of their assets and liabilities ahead of the requirements that are expected to be laid down in the Solvency II regulations. The new rules are making it an imperative for insurers to offload some of their more expensive holdings while stocking up on more attractive assets, a process which they have only just begun. Mark Pengelly reports

Michalis Ioannides - BNP Paribas
Michalis Ioannides, BNP Paribas

Solvency II has been a long time in the making. It may take even longer yet - a January 19 proposal from the European Commission postpones its introduction until the beginning of 2013. Even after this date, various parts of the new risk-based capital regime for European insurers will be phased in, possibly over a period of several years. Despite the delay, Solvency II is occupying the minds of some European insurers now - and bankers are also taking a keen interest in the rules.

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