Insurance Risk - VOL. 6/NO. 6

South Africa opts for Solvency II approach

Solvency II is not just an issue for European insurers. Faced with the increasingly global nature of the financial sector, South Africa’s financial regulator is bringing in its own version of the regulation. But the schedule to implementation is tight…

Hedge fund investment back on pension funds' horizons

Pension schemes are again making allocations into hedge funds, despite the negative performance from many funds – and therefore correlation with underlying markets – throughout the financial crisis. So why the interest? John Ferry reports

Variable annuity redesign led by US innovation

Variable annuity providers were hurt by basis risk, extreme volatility and policyholder lapses during the crisis, and guarantees were scaled back and repriced as a result. Now risk management is driving a US-led surge of innovation. Laurie Carver reports

New hope for insurance-linked securities

Since the financial crisis the insurance-linked securities market has been squeezed into a tight corridor of issuance with only natural catastrophe bonds seeing any traction – a blow for a market that pre-2008 appeared to be on the cusp of developing…

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