German Insurance - Stress relief for German insurers


Bafin, the German financial regulator, has responded to industry concerns over the impact of declining equity markets on company solvency positions by introducing a sliding scale to the equity stress tests it applies to firm's balance sheets.

This was previously set at a high figure of 45% for equity only portfolios and 25% for equities in mixed asset class portfolios. The introduction of a sliding scale, linked to the Euro Stoxx index, reduces the level of stress applied as the index falls. For

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