Solvency II

WHAT IS THIS? Europe’s Solvency II directive came into effect in 2016, putting risk at the heart of a harmonised prudential framework for insurance firms. Similar in outline to the banking industry’s Basel standards, Pillar 1 sets out quantitative requirements; Pillar 2 tackles risk management and governance; Pillar 3 addresses transparency, reporting and public disclosure.

Raising the standard

The German insurance industry is actively pushing forward the discussion on the standard model within the scope of Solvency II

Clash of the regulators

As the pace of the Solvency II process to reform European insurance supervision quickens, British and French regulators have clashed over the use of market-consistent solvency requirements, to the alarm of proponents of risk-based supervision.

Europe's insurers get used to a stricter regime

Regulators are increasingly bearing down on insurers as the market looks to establish better risk management practices. With the Solvency II proposals being drafted, what are insurance companies doing to make sure they can comply with the stricter…

Getting the solvency balance right

The next few years will witness a radical overhaul of EU solvency insurance regulations underthe banner of the Solvency II project. The proposals will align regulatory capital requirementswith true economic risks, with clear advantages to those players…

Tiner defends insurance margin changes

In a speech today to the Westminster & City Twentieth Anniversary life insurance conference, the Financial Services Authority's John Tiner sought to clarify a letter, released last Friday, that relaxed the solvency regime for UK life assurers.

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