Insurance Risk - **VOLUME 5/ISSUE 11

Environmental exploitation

Recessions usually spell bad news for the environment. Promises of investment in clean energy and sustainable technology wither away as mediocre returns drive investors to count the cost of easing their conscience. But as pension funds and governments…

Half empty, or half full?

The green shoots of economic recovery have been spotted in some sectors of the global economy, but with corporate insolvencies not tipped to peak until 2010 for those bodies charged with insuring pension scheme liabilities, the worst of the crisis may…

Model misgivings

The insurance-based nature of Danish pension provision means almost the entire sector will fall under the remit of Solvency II. And despite the Danish industry’s groundbreaking work in stochastically modelling its assets, the potential extension of this…

An unhealthy interest

The rise of impaired annuity providers at the start of the decade prompted a migration of the least healthy annuitants away from traditional providers, skewing their mortality assumptions and capital reserves. But as mainstream annuity providers use an…

The tax timebomb

The decision by Royal Berkshire’s pension fund to conduct a longevity swap is an atypical action in a sector whose sky-high equity allocations and lack of risk awareness have seen the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme plummet into the red over the…

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