Insurance Risk - Vol 5/ no 9

Different degrees

Solvency II will require a massive upgrade in insurers’ technological capability. But as the deadline for implementation looms ever closer, not all in the industry have made the same level of progress.

The hybrid split

Insurers’ capital management has relied heavily on hybrid debt over the last decade – a strategy that has come under threat from Ceiops' latest Solvency II proposals. Aaron Woolner reports

Multinational insurer of the year - Allianz

A nurturing of its capital base and an ability to react positively to unfavourable market events has made Allianz Life & Pensions’ multinational insurer of the year. Aaron Woolner reports

Choose life

The US life settlements sector is marketing itself to pension funds and European insurers as an easy way to add diversification to a portfolio. But how are the risks modelled and how can the banks and hedge funds that are brokering the transactions…

Innovation of the year - SEB Pension

In a year that has witnessed variable annuity providers massively scale back the level and increase the cost of the benefits they offer, Denmark’s SEB Pension has constructed a product that bucks the trend, raising the level and reducing the volatility…

Deal of the year - Babcock International

Longevity swaps have been talked about as a solution to pension schemes’ longevity risk management challenges for some years. But this year Babcock International turned theory into practice when it became the first fund to complete a deal. Andrew sheen…

Finding certainty in uncertainty

Pension funds need to operate efficiently during periods of long-term uncertainty, so how can they best mitigate their risks? Theo Kocken, chief executive of Cardano, examines two theories by Keynes and Pascal on decision-making during uncertain times

Local authority opts for longevity swap

The £1.2 billion Royal County of Berkshire pension fund is poised to take the bold step of signing a longevity swap deal to cover all of its 10,000 pensioners, in the first of its kind for a UK public pension scheme.

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