Nordic insurers face up to low rates hedging challenge

The Nordic countries have introduced innovative measures to help insurers combat the low interest rates in the region. But these measures have brought their own problems for the insurance industry. Are they worth the trouble? Sarfraz Thind reports

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Nordic insurers have been scratching around to get value from rock-bottom interest rates since early 2009. The pressure of the low rate environment has led to a swath of relief initiatives from local regulators to assist domestic insurance businesses meet their liabilities. Sweden was the first European country to introduce a relief measure when it established a temporary floor on the discount rate last June to counter the effect of plunging market rates on insurers’ solvency.

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