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24/06/2019

The French Insurance Federation (FFA) has elected Florence Lustman, finance director at the Banque Postale, as chair for a term of three years beginning on 1 October 2019


24/06/2019

Assets under management in the European ETF industry decreased in May due to the negative performance of the underlying markets, latest research has shown


24/06/2019

Allianz is to sell its 60 per cent stake in Allianz Popular SL to Banco Santander


21/06/2019

The FPC and the PRC of the BoE will stress test the UK financial system for resilience against different climate pathways


21/06/2019

U.S. insurance giant Liberty Mutual has publicly confirmed that it will not provide insurance for the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Australia


21/06/2019

The European Commission’s expert group on sustainable finance has published a draft list of projects that can be deemed ‘green and climate-proof’


20/06/2019

It is in “no-one’s interest” for the insurance industry to spend “vast sums of money on the implementation of IFRS17”, ABI director general Huw Evans has argued, with the industry already having experienced a “painful and expensive” process implementing Solvency II (SII).

Speaking at the JP Morgan European Insurance Conference in London this week, Evans said much like SII, the development of IFRS17 has been a long and winding road


20/06/2019

TMK’s UK insurance company, Tokio Marine Kiln Insurance (TMKI), and portfolios of UK property, liability, marine, and engineering risks currently underwritten through TMKI, will be placed into run-off


20/06/2019

Spanish insurer, Mapfre, is launching the first investment fund which focuses on companies that are committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities


20/06/2019

AXA Group deputy CEO and CFO, Gérald Harlin, is to retire on 1 January 2020 after 29 years with the group


20/06/2019

Generali has finalised the completion of the transaction with German Group Union Asset Management Holding AG to acquire Union Investment TFI S.A. in Poland


19/06/2019

The PRA has warned life insurers to “not place too much reliance on the proxy model output” and “make sufficient allowance for the risk of model error”


19/06/2019

German insurance company, Talanx Group, has continued to expand its investment activities as largest investor of a PV solar park portfolio in the south of Spain via wrapped project bonds


19/06/2019

The Sixth Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund has raised €6bn, exceeding its initial €5bn target, bringing the total funds raised globally to €13bn, according to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)


19/06/2019

UK assets and the pound can be expected to fall further, according to deVere Group CEO Nigel Green, who highlighted that the debate between the five men vying to become the next Prime Minister “underscores that the pound can be expected to fall further


18/06/2019

The Swiss Insurance Association (SIA) has called for adjustments to be made to the Swiss solvency test (SST), criticising its excessive capital requirements


18/06/2019

The majority of US life/annuity insurance companies posted favourable operating results in 2018; however, statutory pre-tax operating gains declined by 25% - the largest drop in five years – to $47.8bn in 2018 from $63.7bn in 2017, according to AM Best’s Favourable 2018 Statutory Results for Life/Annuity Industry report


18/06/2019

The PRA is asking the largest regulated life and general insurers to provide information about the impact of a range of stress tests on their business


17/06/2019

US life insurers’ ‘BBB’ exposure is now at record levels, according to latest data published by S&P Global Ratings


17/06/2019

The average financial strength for the North American insurance sector resides in the upper half of the strong ‘A’ category, according to S&P Global Ratings North American Insurance Outlook Midyear 2019.


17/06/2019

Switzerland, Singapore and the US are the most sustainable investment markets in the world with companies listed in these countries delivering the most positive social and environmental benefits, research by Schroders claims


17/06/2019

During Q1 2019, all combined insurance premiums lines in Luxembourg increased by 46.18% compared to the same period last year


14/06/2019

Yesterday, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Central Bank (ECB) published common minimum standards for data revisions for supervisory and statistical reporting by reinsurance undertakings


14/06/2019

Specialist insurance and financial services provider Ecclesiastical has appointed Denise Cockrem as its group chief financial officer (CFO)


14/06/2019

Venture capital firm InsurTech Gateway is targeting up to £30 million of investment for a new fund aimed at supporting tech startups in the insurance and reinsurance space


14/06/2019

During his speech, Financial resilience and economic earthquakes, at the University of Warwick yesterday, Bank of England (BoE) senior official Alex Brazier emphasised that suspending funds can be a “double-edged sword”


14/06/2019

Independent power producer Soltage has received funding from Prudential Capital Group, a subsidiary of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, to fund its corporate growth and acquisition prospects


13/06/2019

Deloitte has appointed Clive Buesnel as its new UK head of insurance, bringing in 30 years of experience and was previously the chief executive of a Lloyd’s managing agency


13/06/2019

Financial intelligence firm Moody’s Analytics has added new accounting and reinsurance capabilities to its RiskIntegrity IFRS 17 solution, which will allow insurers and reinsurers to better meet the requirements of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS 17)


13/06/2019

If Boris Johnson were to win a general election, deVere Group CEO and founder Nigel Green has warned that UK asset prices and the pound would tumble


12/06/2019

Quilter has today announced that it has completed the acquisition of advisory firm Lighthouse, purchasing the company for £42.2m


12/06/2019

Royal London paid 99 per cent of claims in 2018, with more than £506m paid out in UK protection claims and assisting more than 38,000 customers, the insurer revealed


12/06/2019

Acquis Insurance Management has launched a company in the Netherlands, Acquis Insurance Management B.V., as part of its European expansion strategy, also allowing the company to provide its services across the EEA without being impacted by the uncertainty caused by Brexit


12/06/2019

LAMP, an insurance firm authorised and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) has entered liquidation following an application to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar


12/06/2019

Following the comments from Michael Saunders, highlighting that the Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will need to vote in favour of a rate rise ahead of expectations, a further two members have warned that the central bank is on track to increase rates several times over the next couple of years


11/06/2019

Insuretech firm Lemonade, which has recently raised $780m, has announced its launch into Europe, now offering its products and services in Germany


11/06/2019

LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced that Jeffrey Skelton will replace Keith Binley as its head of insurance for UK and Ireland


11/06/2019

Two executives at Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK), a Lloyd’s of London insurance company, have resigned amid fresh allegations of sexual harassment claims


11/06/2019

The Bank of England (BoE) may be required to raise interest rates ahead of financial market’s expectations, according to central bank policymaker Michael Saunders


10/06/2019

Aviva chief people officer Sarah Morris announced she was “handing over the baton” over the weekend after going on maternity leave in July 2018


10/06/2019

Boris Johnson’s vow to cut income tax for higher earners is “half-baked”, according to deVere Group CEO Nigel Green


10/06/2019

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) says compliance with the revised Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), which comes into effect today, is a challenge as country-specifics are still unclear


06/06/2019

German P&C insurance continues to be extremely stable with a coverage ratio of 291%, reflecting strong business models and strong financial resources, according to the German trade body GDV


06/06/2019

Aviva is to cut 1,800 jobs across the group, as it looks to cut costs


06/06/2019

Net inflows into the French life insurance market hit €3.4bn for February 2019


06/06/2019

The PRA and the FCA have published a number of observations across eight key areas linked to the transition from LIBOR to alternative interest rate benchmarks


05/06/2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) board has appointed Baroness Zahida Manzoor as chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), having already been approved by HM Treasury


05/06/2019

Just one day ahead of an investor meeting, in which CEO Maurice Tulloch will announce a restructure, CFO Tom Stoddard has announced he will step down as of 30 June 2019 while also leaving his director position


04/06/2019

PIB Group has acquired the Cobra Group of companies, boosting the amount of premium placed or influenced by PIB from £550m to £900m


04/06/2019

A group of the world’s largest companies, jointly representing almost $17trn in market capitalisation, have valued the climate risks to their business at almost £1trn, with many likely to hit within the next five years, according to a report published by CDP


04/06/2019

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG), the largest insurer in Austria, has today published an anti-coal policy which sees the firm turning its back on the coal industry


03/06/2019

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has said the “most pressing need” is for insurers to develop and embed long-term scenario analysis in the risk management, governance and ORSA, in its opinion on sustainability within Solvency II (SII)


03/06/2019

The financial risks of climate change are “too important to ignore” and the industry must play its part in tackling the issue, Pensions Minister Guy Opperman has said


03/06/2019

Tasker Insurance Group (TIG) has acquired specialist broker Hobbs Broking, the second broker acquisition the group has made in 2019


03/06/2019

Danish pension provider PFA has entered into a strategic partnership with insurer LB Forsikring to offer its customers non-life insurance


31/05/2019

Most of S&P Global Ratings rated insurers could raise further hybrid capital if they needed to, as 60 per cent of their Solvency II total eligible hybrid capacity is unused, on average


31/05/2019

Allianz UK is to acquire 100% of Legal & General Insurance Limited, the general insurance business of Legal & General Group for £242m


30/05/2019

Dutch insurance and asset management company, NN Group, has announced a new coal exclusion policy for underwriting and investments


30/05/2019

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has seen net inflows totalling €13bn into UCITS bond funds in March, up €6bn from February


30/05/2019

Asian fixed income markets could experience meaningful inflows in the next 12 months from institutional investors around the world looking to take advantage of the higher yields on offer, according to Greenwich Associates


30/05/2019

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has appointed David Rule to a newly established position as executive director of supervision


28/05/2019

Allianz Global Investors (Allianz GI) and HSBC have partnered to launch a fund that would grant institutional investors access to the trade finance market


28/05/2019

Skipton Building Society has chosen AIG Life to offer life and critical illness insurance solutions to its customers, meaning that AIG’s products will be available to Skipton’s mortgage, and one million additional, customers


28/05/2019

Aviva is planning to announce critical changes to its UK insurance business next week, according to the Financial Times (FT)


28/05/2019

LCP has announced the appointment of Aaron Punwani as its new CEO, while also announcing Tom Porter as its new strategy director and Carla Lakey becomes head of people


28/05/2019

Any positive impact of a second Brexit referendum on financial markets would be “offset” by a win by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, warned deVere Group CEO Nigel Green


24/05/2019

Following the announcement that Prime Minister Theresa May will resign on 7 June, Willis Owen head of personal investing Adrian Lowcock noted that international investors are “likely to sit on the sidelines and await some clarity”


24/05/2019

Hong Kong has announced the successful issuance of a $1bn inaugural green bond under its Government Green Bond Programme


24/05/2019

Insurance giant Old Mutual has suspended its CEO due to a “material breakdown in trust”


24/05/2019

Spanish insurance giant, Mapfre, and GLL real estate mutual fund have invested €50m in two prime office buildings in Paris and Hamburg


23/05/2019

Generali Group general manager Frédéric de Courtois has been elected vice-president of Insurance Europe for a three-year term


23/05/2019

Assicurazioni Generali is in early talks to buy the Central European assets of MetLife, as the Italian insurer looks to expand through acquisitions in high-growth markets


23/05/2019

Civil society organisations involved in the Unfriend Coal campaign have called on Aviva to immediately stop investing in Polish coal companies


23/05/2019

African insurance industry leaders and UN Environment have agreed on key collaborative initiatives in the region to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability


23/05/2019

Non-life insurers are now allocating on average 25% to non-traditional assets, according to latest research


22/05/2019

Proposals to simplify the Solvency II TMTP calculation have today been issued by the PRA in its latest consultation paper (CP)


22/05/2019

A cross-industry specialist working group consisting of representatives across the general insurance market has published a framework for practitioners to use to assess the physical risk to insurance liabilities from climate change risk


22/05/2019

Total premiums collected for 2018 in the Italian life and non-life insurance classes amounted to €145bn, with total funding increasing by 2.9% compared to 2017, according to latest figures published by IVASS


22/05/2019

European insurers have committed to invest well over €50bn in sustainable investments between 2018 and 2020, according to Insurance Europe deputy director general Olav Jones


22/05/2019

Improving the measurement of insurers’ liabilities, better supporting the link between assets and liabilities to correctly reflect the real economic risks faced by insurers, and preserving the effectiveness of internal models are some of the areas that must be the insurance industry’s key priorities for the 2020 Solvency II review, Insurance Europe chair, economics and finance committee, Gérald Harlin has said


22/05/2019

Nearly 50% of insurance companies in Europe have reported that Solvency II is acting as a barrier to investing in assets related to the real economy, according to Insurance Europe


21/05/2019

The UK financial services industry is to emerge stronger from Brexit, British trade minister Liam Fox has said


21/05/2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Action Fraud have warned the public to be wary of investment scams carried out via bogus online trading platforms


21/05/2019

The Netherlands is issuing a state bond on 21 May, becoming the first AAA-rated sovereign to enter the green bond market


21/05/2019

A survey has found that 94 per cent of investors are planning on increasing their allocation to impact investments over the next one to three years


17/05/2019

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its World Energy Investment 2019 report, highlighting several shifts in energy production, use and investment


17/05/2019

esure has announced QBE group chief operating officer (COO) David McMillan as its new CEO


17/05/2019

UK insurance companies do not have as much penetration in the EU markets as is hoped for, Boris Johnson has said, whilst remaining hopeful of a post-Brexit EU insurance deal


16/05/2019

Uniqa’s investment income contracted by €39.1m or 28% to €100.6m in Q1 2019, but its investment portfolio increased to €20,102.7m from €19,337.1m


16/05/2019

The former global head of Green Banking and the Founder and Chair of the Green Banking Council at Barclays, Rhian-Mari Thomas, has been appointed as the first CEO for the Green Finance Institute


16/05/2019

Generali Group recorded a net profit of €744m, up 28.1% compared to Q1 2018, and gross written premiums showed 6.6% growth compared to the previous year reaching €18,874m


16/05/2019

The discontinuation of Interbank Offered Rates (IBORs) in 2021 exposes insurance companies and asset managers to an array of financial, operational, legal, regulatory and technological risks, according to Moodys


15/05/2019

The US Treasury Department is committed to continued engagement with the international standard setting work at the IAIS on a risk-based ICS for internationally active insurance groups, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said


15/05/2019

Considerable model drift occurred in 2016 and 2017, as life insurers saw both standard formula capital and best estimates of liabilities rise considerably more than internal model capital, PRA executive director of insurance supervision David Rule warned


15/05/2019

The PRA has approved a total of 24 UK insurers to calculate capital requirements using a model thus far, by some way the highest number by EU country, the regulator’s executive director of insurance supervision David Rule has said


14/05/2019

Dutch institutional asset manager PGGM has acquired a 25 per cent interest in Macquarie AirFinance in order to increase its infrastructure portfolio


14/05/2019

Allianz has experienced an increase of 6.3% in total revenue growth in its P&C business, and an increase of 25% in value of new business (VNB) in its life/health insurance arm, latest figures have shown


14/05/2019

Italian insurer Generali, is scouting for acquisition opportunities in Europe and in the asset management sector, its chief executive Philippe Donnet has said


14/05/2019

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance’s insurer financial strength (IFS) rating to A+ from A and long-term issuer default rating (IDR) to A from A-


10/05/2019

Sabre Insurance Group today announced that AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has acquired a 5 per cent stake in the company


10/05/2019

Insurers are facing threats from a lack of underwriting discipline, more robust market regulation and scrutiny along with consequent exposure of management deficiencies


10/05/2019

Lloyd’s of London has invested around $150,000 in artificial intelligence start-up Layr, which focuses on commercial insurance products for SME


09/05/2019

SACRA, a pension a fund for the French insurance sector, and Scientific Beta have announced the launch of two low carbon multi-factor indices for the US and Eurozone regions


09/05/2019

Allianz Global Investors has raised €270m at first close for a newly launched core European infrastructure debt fund


09/05/2019

New analysis on Talanx, a leading European insurance firm, revealed loopholes in its recently announced coal exclusion policy, which will allow the organisation to continue supporting the expansion of the coal industry in Poland and Vietnam via its subsidiaries


08/05/2019

German insurer Allianz is aiming for "climate-neutral" investments by 2050, chief executive Oliver Baete told shareholders Wednesday


08/05/2019

Luxembourg experienced an increase in all insurance sectors in Q1 2019, boosted by the effects of Brexit


08/05/2019

The Egyptian insurance industry is to develop a national sustainable insurance roadmap in partnership with UN Environment


07/05/2019

The Co-operative group has appointed the former Lloyd’s of London chief operating officer (COO) Shirine Khoury-Haq as its new chief financial officer (CFO)


07/05/2019

Insurance Europe has argued there is “no justification” for new macro-prudential measures for European insurers, highlighting that the current Solvency II framework is sufficient


07/05/2019

Generali has today announced in its annual general meeting (AGM) that it will not insure the Turów coal mine in Poland, while also revealing that it will cease to support existing Polish coal mines


07/05/2019

Denmark’s Danica Pension has completed the sale of its Swedish branch to pension manager Sampension, asset manager Unigestion and private equity companies Polaris and Acathia


03/05/2019

Allianz’s potential acquisition of L&G’s general insurance unit would raise an additional £329m in GWP, GlobalData, general insurance associate analyst Yasha Kuruvilla said


03/05/2019

EIOPA has today issued advice to the EC on sustainability in the areas of risk management, investment strategy, stewardship and product oversight


02/05/2019

Willis Towers Watson has announced that Tammy Richardson will take on the role of UK and Ireland leader for life and P&C in the company’s insurance consulting and technology business


02/05/2019

The Dutch asset manager APG has completed the sale of its insurance subsidiary Loyalis to ASR Netherlands (a.s.r.), in an acquisition where all conditions were met


02/05/2019

Generali has completed the sale of 89.9% of the shares of Generali Leben to Viridium Gruppe and the establishment of an industrial partnership with Viridium in the German insurance market, aimed at managing life insurance closed book portfolios


02/05/2019

Groupama Gan Vie, the life insurance subsidiary of Groupama Group, and Natixis, have partnered to launch the first green structured note offering a means to directly finance renewable energy projects


02/05/2019

Ministers are being urged to produce a Green Finance Strategy, that sets out how the government will attract the additional new investment needed to go further and reduce the UK’s emissions to net zero by 2050


30/04/2019

Global ratings agency AM Best has assigned a stable outlook to the Italian life insurance market, highlighting key supporting factors such as the active management of business mix


30/04/2019

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has today published its 2018 Insurance Stress Test Recommendations to the National Competent Authorities (NCAs)


30/04/2019

KPMG has been issued a £6m fine and been “severely reprimanded” by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in relation to the method it used to audit an insurance company


30/04/2019

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has announced a 2019/20 levy of £532m, £16m more than it forecast in its plan, released in January


29/04/2019

Allianz in advanced discussions to buy L&G’s general insurance arm


29/04/2019

MS Amlin has announced the appointment of Iain Pearce to the role of chief financial officer, subject to regulatory approval


29/04/2019

The Swiss fund market value increased by CHF 7.8bn (0.7 per cent) over March 2019, according to data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar


29/04/2019

SCOR has committed to no longer providing stand-alone coverage to new coal plants


29/04/2019

Just 21% of fund managers have a policy to align all their funds with the Paris climate targets, according to a recent survey conducted by UKSIF and the Climate Change Collaboration


26/04/2019

EIOPA plans to perform comparative studies on the outcomes of internal models among insurers in 2019, regarding underwriting risks (for main non-life lines of business) and market and credit risk, with an analysis of potential model drifts over time


26/04/2019

Zurich Life and Zurich International Life have agreed to pay $5.1m to the United States relating to the issuance of certain insurance policies which were used to evade US taxes and reporting requirements


26/04/2019

Germany’s public-sector insurance market is likely to remain fragmented, Fitch Ratings has said


26/04/2019

Global insurers plan to increase their allocations to US investment grade corporates in 2019, according to latest research


26/04/2019

Insurance investors continue to expect equities and private assets to broadly outperform public credit in 2019, but are in disagreement about the performance of high yield debt, according to latest research


25/04/2019

Lower yields, modest equity returns and late stage cycle views are now forming insurers’ 2019 market outlook


25/04/2019

Economic slowdown in the US and market volatility are insurance investors’ top concerns for 2019, according to latest research


25/04/2019

The German insurance industry “performed well” in 2018, despite a “difficult market environment”, German trade body, GDV, said


25/04/2019

Deal value in the US insurance sector fell during the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018, which saw a surge in the number of transformative transactions among property and casualty firms


25/04/2019

Californian insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara is refusing to mandate climate risk disclosures among insurers


25/04/2019

AXA XL has announced the promotion of Charlotte Wilson to global head of portfolio solutions, with responsibility for developing and executing the global strategy for portfolio solutions


24/04/2019

Japanese Post Insurance has announced that it is looking to increase its holding of hedged foreign debt, according to forexlive


24/04/2019

Aviva has today announced that its CEO of UK insurance Andy Briggs will step down from his post and as a director of Aviva plc with immediate effect


24/04/2019

The asset management branches of Deutsche Bank and UBS are in "serious" talks over a potential merger which would create a new European fund management giant, with assets under management (AUM) worth €1.4trn, it has been reported


24/04/2019

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that support the Unfriend Coal campaign have today warned insurance CEOs that they would increase public pressure on companies that do not back global climate targets


24/04/2019

The government has initiated the recruitment process for a new Bank of England (BoE) governor, as the current head, Mark Carney, is due to step down on 31 January 2020 after serving more than six years in the position


23/04/2019

Randall & Quilter’s US subsidiary has been granted US regulatory clearance for the acquisition of Global US Holdings, the parent company of Global Reinsurance Corporate of America, a New York-based reinsurance firm in run-off


23/04/2019

Hannover Re, the fourth-largest reinsurer in the world, and Talanx last week announced that they would implement coal restrictions


23/04/2019

Following the announcement that Prudential will demerge from its UK and European arm, Deutsche Bank has predicted that it could eventually lead to a further demerger of its US arm


23/04/2019

French insurer Covea has announced that it intends on breaking into the reinsurance market through the acquisition of companies in that business line, in order to increase its diversity


18/04/2019

Francesco Martorana is the new chief executive officer of Generali Insurance Asset Management S.p.A. Società di gestione del risparmio (GIAM)


18/04/2019

SCOR Global P&C has grown reinsurance premiums by 9.6% to €548m, confirming the positive trends observed in January, according to latest financial results


18/04/2019

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has welcomed a vote by the European Parliament plenary to formally adopt the trilogue agreement on removing cross-border barriers to the distribution of investment funds


18/04/2019

Canopius has today announced the signing of the definitive sale and purchase agreement that will see the merger of its Lloyd’s business with that of AmTrust at Lloyd’s, a division of AmTrust Financial, subject to regulatory approval


17/04/2019

The FCA is to consult on introducing a new prudential regime for MiFID investment firms


17/04/2019

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) is aiming to use strong capitalisation as a basis for growth, according to its latest financial results


17/04/2019

Legal and General (L&G) has invested £44.6m into housing for homeless families


17/04/2019

The European Parliament (EP) has adopted an agreement reached between EU institutions regarding the review of the European system of financial supervision, which will help to maintain EIOPA as the main decision-making body for the EU insurance industry


16/04/2019

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is seeking industry input ahead of its 2019 insurance stress test


16/04/2019

The PRA is to include climate change as part of its mandatory stress testing for UK insurers, according to its latest policy statement


16/04/2019

Sixty-four per cent of European institutional investors are planning to dedicate more resources to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues as a result of regulation, according to a survey by BNP Paribas


16/04/2019

The fund management division of Legal and General (L&G),Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), is to continue to vote against boards where concerns remain around environmental-based issues


15/04/2019

US based, Global Bankers Insurance Group (GBIG), has said it is looking to sell its US life insurance companies


15/04/2019

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is to further explore its work on holdings of illiquid assets among life insurers through 2019/20, citing “complexities” and a “lack of observable market prices” as the asset classes’s drawbacks.

In itsBusiness Plan 2019/20 published today, the regulator said since the introduction of Solvency II, UK life insurers have increased their holdings of illiquid assets such as infrastructure, commercial real estate (CRE) and equity release mortgages to back annuity liabilities. However, whilst the can be a good match for long-term annuity liabilities, it said, “they can also be complex, and may lack observable market prices as well as external credit ratings, making it difficult to assess the investment risk firms are taking”


15/04/2019

The PRA is proposing to continue to apply a discount of 11% to the periodic fees payable by general insurance firms outside the scope of Solvency II, reallocating this cost across the other firms in the A3 fee block which are within the scope of Solvency II


15/04/2019

Baloise is acquiring the Belgian insurer Fidea NV for €480m from the Chinese Anbang Insurance Group, strengthening its position in the Belgian non-life and life insurance market


15/05/2019

Japan Post Holdings Co has priced a share sale of its insurance business at the bottom of an expected range, a filing showed, raising $2.9 billion in the sale


12/04/2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is warning general insurance (GI) firms about manufacturing, sales and distribution approaches that can lead to customers purchasing inappropriate products, paying excessive prices or receiving poor service


12/04/2019

The regular use of severe stress tests by French insurers to manage climate risk is the right way forward, but the horizon for these tests is generally “very short” at around five years on average, “far below the assumed horizon for materialising transition risk (2030-2050)”, French regulator ACPR has said


12/04/2019

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced an S&P 500 ESG Index, a new index aligned with ESG selection guidelines and designed to replicate the risk and return profile of the main S&P benchmark


12/04/2019

The risk exposures of the European Union insurance sector are remaining stable overall


12/04/2019

EIOPA has called for consistent application of the proportionality principle for the supervision of the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR)


10/04/2019

Insurance firm Beazley has appointed John Reizenstein and Nicola Hodson as non-executive directors with immediate effect


10/04/2019

Allocations to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Asian institutional portfolios increased significantly in 2018, growing to 23 per cent of total assets, up from 14 per cent in 2017, Greenwich Associates revealed


10/04/2019

Institutional investors have invested £83m in Octopus’ Zenith III fund for European technology businesses in the growth stage


10/04/2019

Institutional investors are again being urged to include a greater amount of sustainable assets in their portfolios to enhance returns


09/04/2019

Life insurers may need to go back 30 years or more to re-estimate individual books of business on an annualised basis from inception to the present day as a result of IFRS17, Moody’s has said


09/04/2019

A quarter of European insurance CFOs intend over the coming years to modestly increase exposure to assets such as mortgage loans, infrastructure, private placements, high yielding debt, real estate and shares


09/04/2019

European insurers’ main concern is low economic growth followed by market volatility, according to a Moody’s survey of CFOs


09/04/2019

Chubb has announced that the Myanmar Ministry of Planning and Finance has selected the company as an initial license holder to establish a 100 per cent owned life insurance subsidiary in the country


08/04/2019

The solvency ratio of the German life insurance industry has been recorded at 324% for Q4 2018, compared to 266% in 2017, keeping up a steady improvement since the launch of the Solvency II supervisory system in 2016


08/04/2019

Global Bankers Insurance Group, a family of insurance and reinsurance companies focused on life insurance and annuities, is pursuing a sale of its US life insurance companies


08/04/2019

Investment returns among London market insurers’ were squeezed in 2018, with poor performances by equity and bond portfolios due to rising interest rates in the US geopolitical uncertainty and a slowing global economy, according to Fitch Ratings


08/04/2019

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has made three observations on the provisional agreement on the reform of the European system of financial supervision, particularly with regards to the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), following the announcement from the Romanian Presidency and the European Parliament (EP)


08/04/2019

The primary insurance unit of German reinsurance firm Munich Re, ERGO, has agreed to sell its life, non-life and composite portfolios in Hungary and Slovakia to Italian insurance firm Generali


08/04/2019

Sweden’s government is moving to improve pensions and insurance savings through cutting costs when transferring individual pensions or insurance policies


05/04/2019

The French life insurance market experienced net inflows of €3.2bn for February 2019


05/04/2019

Investors are underpricing the impact of climate-related risks, including more frequent and intense extreme weather events, BlackRock has said


05/04/2019

Norway’s largest private asset manager, Storebrand, has entered the Danish market with five equity funds, which will aim to raise awareness about sustainable investments, index investments and multifactor funds in the Danish market


04/04/2019

American insurer, Liberty Mutual, is being urged to immediately cease insuring coal giant Adani’s Carmichael mine


04/04/2019

Japan Post Holdings Co.’s insurance unit is conducting a secondary sale of shares held by its parent worth 409 billion yen ($3.7bn) in a global offering


04/04/2019

Changes to capital requirement regulation must be made within the revision of the Insurance Supervision Act in Switzerland, the Swiss Insurance Association (SIA) has argued


03/04/2019

Monument Re has entered into an agreement to acquire the €140m portfolio of Irish annuities from Rothesay Life


03/04/2019

The solvency position of life insurance companies in Finland increased in 2018 despite the low level of interest rates


03/04/2019

EIOPA has published its consultation linked to corrections and amendments of the implementing technical standards (ITS) on reporting and disclosure


03/04/2019

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has written to insurers informing them of a consultation with proposals intended to provide greater clarity to firms on expectations for conducting the Effective Value Test (EVT)


02/04/2019

European and national competent authorities (NCAs) and financial institutions must conduct regular stress tests across all sectors in light of all current economic uncertainties, a report has urged


02/04/2019

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) has released its biennial investment report, showing that globally sustainable investment assets reached $30.7trn at the start of 2018, a 34 per cent increase from 2016


02/04/2019

The global impact investing market is estimated to be worth $502bn, according to an analysis of the market size and composition by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)


02/04/2019

The European Parliament has agreed its position on the European Commission’s (EC) proposal on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment


01/04/2019

Remuneration packages among insurance executives across Europe vary significantly, though there were two European countries, highlighted by Insurance Asset Management, that were the most lucrative



01/04/2019

Marsh & McLennan has completed the acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT) for $5.6bn in fully diluted equity value


01/04/2019

Australia’s largest insurer, QBE, has announced a coal exclusion policy – the first non-European insurer to restrict coal underwriting


01/04/2019

UK life insurers that write bulk purchase annuities (BPAs) continue to benefit from strong demand, with sales of BPAs this year likely to surpass last year’s £24bn, the highest yet, Fitch Ratings has said


01/04/2019

Insurance companies operating in Latvia generated €12,383m in aggregated profit, down 22.6% from 2017, according to latest data published by the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC)


01/04/2019

The net sales of UCITS and AIFs saw a strong rebound in January 2019, recording net inflows of €28bn compared to net outflows of €11bn in December


01/04/2019

EIOPA has published its latest discussion paper contributing to the debate on systemic risk and macro-prudential policy in insurance ensuring the reflection of the specific nature of the insurance business


01/04/2019

EIOPA has elected Sergio Álvarez Camiña as a new member of its management board


28/03/2019

The mutual and cooperative insurance market is the fastest growing part of the global insurance sector, according to the Mutual Market Share 10 report from the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)


28/03/2019

Gross written premiums in the Italian insurance market in 2017 declined by 2.4% to €131bn with life business falling by 3.6%, partially compensated by non-life increasing by 1.2%


28/03/2019

Almost all shareholders in Swedbank, including pensions and insurance providers AMF, Folksam and Alecta, voted against granting CEO Birgitte Bonnesen freedom from liability at the annual general meeting on Thursday


28/03/2019

The financial stability of the EU and its financial institutions could suffer if global markets reprice risk premiums.

The report said that a reprice in the face of concerns over trade tensions, Brexit and a lack of clarity over government policy in Italy could hurt the balance sheets of EU financial institutions, stressing that EU pension schemes, life insurers and banks faced increased risks in the current low-yield environment


27/03/2019

The Austrian insurance industry recorded premium income growth of 1.2 per cent last year to reach €17.3bn


27/03/2019

The Albanian non-life insurance market recorded a 5.48 per cent rise in gross written premiums in the year to January to December 2018, the Insurers Association of Albania has stated


27/03/2019

Lloyd’s of London has reported an aggregated market loss of £1bn for 2018 following a vilatile investment environment and a costly year for natural catastrophes


26/03/2019

RSA Group’s investment income was down 3% in 2018, reflecting the impact of reinvestment at lower yields which was partly offset by increased income from actions taken on the portfolios to increase exposure to less liquid credit investments


26/03/2019

Eighty-six per cent of insurance executives in emerging Asia believe that life insurance premiums will continue outpacing GDP growth


26/03/2019

Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment has created a smart carbon portfolio model for institutional investors to assess and manage energy transition risks


26/03/2019

French insurer, Axa, has raised $1.5bn by selling down its stake in its US life insurance business, Axa Equitable, to below 50 per cent


25/03/2019

The Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) has called on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to postpone the implementation of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s (FOS) compensation limits


25/03/2019

MAPFRE envisages growing sustainably, achieving €30bn in revenues by 2021, or average premium growth of 5 per cent over the three-year period, it said today at its Investor Day in Madrid


25/03/2019

Saudi Arabia’s insurance industry grew at an average annual rate of 18 per cent in the last 10 years, making it one of the world’s fastest growing markets, while gross written premiums (GWP) reached SAR 36.5bn in 2017, compared to SAR 8.6bn in 2007


25/03/2019

Successful campaigns against fossil fuels, plastics and GMOs demonstrate the ability of single issue activists to force policy change on a global scale. Robert Blood, managing director of activist tracking and issues analysis firm SIGWATCH, argues that the investment community should see NGOs less as an irritation and more as guides to the behaviour and future of companies and their industries


22/03/2019

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company (DLIC) has announced its decision to impact invest ¥1bn in the EEI Fund 4 Investment (EEI) venture fund, which intends to support start-ups in the renewable energy market, as part of its ESG initiative


22/03/2019

Marsh parent company Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) has issued a further $250m of senior notes to fund the acquisition of JLT, which is due to be completed in spring this year


22/03/2019

The PRA, next month, will ask UK insurers, as part of a market-wide insurance stress test, to consider how their businesses would be affected in different physical and transition risks scenarios


22/03/2019

Lloyd’s of London chief executive John Neal announced on Friday that the firm is making changes that will make it more prosperous in 2019


22/03/2019

Standard Life International has been given final approval by an Edinburgh court for the transfer of almost €19bn in assets to Ireland, as it aims to avail EU passporting rights for 600,000 Irish, German and Austrian Standard Life customer policies post Brexit


22/03/2019

In the summer the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance’s Technical Expert Group will publish a package of recommendations that will inform sustainable finance practices


22/03/2019

New regulatory action in California could require the world’s largest insurers to disclose all their fossil fuel underwriting and investments, Consumer Watchdog, a partner of the Unfriend Coal campaign, has said


21/03/2019

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) has seen its total premium volume rise by 3% to around €9.7bn, and has recorded a solvency ratio of 239% as of 31 December 2018


21/03/2019

The “avoidance of overburdening macroprudential supervision” for insurers is absolutely crucial, according to GDV’s managing director and chief economist Klaus Wiener, as “the existing supervisory framework already effectively counteracts potential stability risks”


21/03/2019

Liberty Specialty Markets, part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, confirmed today that it has re-domiciled its European insurance company Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE (LMIE) to Luxembourg and has opened its new headquarters in the city


21/03/2019

Mutual insurance, retirement and investment group LV= has reported an operating profit of £136m (FY 2017: £134m) which includes £60m from life and £107m from general insurance partially offset by strategic investment and group items of £31m


21/03/2019

Insurance companies regulated and authorised by the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) have seen their 2018 gross premiums increase by 4.5% to 10.14bn lei, according to latest figures


20/03/2019

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he believes a short Brexit extension ‘will be possible’ but only on the condition that MPs pass Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal in the House of Commons (HOC)


20/02/2019

Munich Re expects an investment result of around €6.5bn for 2019, representing a return on investments of about 3%, according to its latest financial statement


20/03

Institutional investors are suing Danske Bank for $475m in damages for losses, following the money laundering scandal which has surrounded the bank the past months


20/03/2019

SCOR Global P&C has announced that Michel Blanc is to be promoted to CEO of reinsurance, following Jean-Paul Conoscente’s appointment as CEO of SCOR Global P&C with effect from 1 April 2019


20/03/2019

EIOPA has announced the request addressed to insurance undertakings of the EEA and subject to Solvency II (SII) to provide information on the Long-Term Guarantees (LTG) measures, on the dynamic volatility adjustment and on long-term illiquid liabilities


20/02/2019

Prime Minister Theresa May has told MPs she is “not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June, and hinted that she will quit if the UK stays beyond this period


19/03/2019

French insurance firm AXA has launched the secondary public offering to sell 40 million shares of AXA Equitable (EQH) as part of its plans to withdraw from the US life insurance market


19/03/2019

Swedish pensions insurance provider AMF’s green 2018 numbers were influenced by its acquisition of land-based wind power company Stena Renewable and alternative assets


19/03/2019

Standard Life Aberdeen has today announced that an arbitration panel has ruled in its favour over its dispute with Lloyds Bank over the management of £100bn worth of assets


18/03/2019

Junior infrastructure debt is "uniquely placed" to form an important part of insurers’ investment portfolios due to its high illiquidity premium, lower risk credit risk profile, moderate tenor and unique diversification characteristics, Schroders has said


18/03/2019

UK insurers are “generally well prepared” for Brexit, according to U.S.-based credit ratings agency AM Best


18/03/2019

AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Canopius US Insurance, Inc. (Wilimington, DE) and Canopius Reinsurance AG (Switzerland)


18/03/2019

The total assets of Dutch insurers has fallen from €480bn (Q3 2018) to €475bn (Q4 2018), according to De Nederlandsche Bank


18/03/2019

Germany’s third largest insurer, Talanx, has increased its premium income by 5.5% year-on-year to €34.9bn and its operating profit by 12% to €2bn


18/03/2019

Japan Post Insurance is shifting its approach to sustainable investing by picking companies with a technological edge to solving global problems, its investment chief has said


18/03/2019

Allianz is exploring combining its asset management (AM) arm with DWS, according to reports from Bloomberg and Reuters


15/03/2019

BNP Paribas Asset Management has announced it will implement an enhanced coal-exclusion policy, accelerating its commitment to tackling climate change by divesting from the single largest source of carbon emissions


15/03/2019

The UK government must establish a new sustainable finance committee chaired by the Cabinet Office with representatives from all financial regulators and the finance industry, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has said


15/03/2019

Parliament’s vote to extend Article 50 till 30 June is time that “must not be wasted”, ABI director general Huw Evans has said


15/03/2019

Mapfre and Uniqa, two more major European insurers announced policies to stop or limit insuring coal in recent days, bringing the total number of insurers ditching coal to 10


14/03/2019

Nykredit has chosen to enter into negotiations with AP Pension to realise its plans for new headquarters in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn


14/03/2019

A Brexit delay is ‘preferable to no deal by accident’, ABI director of regulation Hugh Savill has stated


14/03/2019

Solvency II (SII) should embed sustainability in a risk-based and proportionate manner, Insurance Europe has said in its call for evidence by EIOPA on sustainability in Pillar 1 of SII


14/03/2019

UK insurance company, Prudential, has shifted close to US$50bn to its newly formed Luxembourg subsidiary


13/03/2019

MPs have rejected a no-deal Brexit at any time


12/03/2019

Aviva Investors, the global asset management unit of Aviva, has today announced the appointment of Paul LaCoursiere to the newly created role of global head of ESG research, and the appointment of Adrien Beuriot to the, also newly created, role of head of Continental Europe asset management


12/03/2019

China Re has announced the introduction of its renewable energy consortium at specialist insurance marketplace, Lloyd’s of London, for offshore wind farms in China


12/03/2019

New treatment of long-term equity investment under EU rules for insurers are a step towards releasing €10trn of capital to support European SMEs through private equity funds, according to Invest Europe


12/03/2019

Spanish insurer Mapfre has pledged to stop insuring new coal plants and mines, making it the ninth insurer to announce restrictions for its cover to coal, the Unfriend Coal Campaign reported


11/03/2019

China could surpass the US as the world’s largest insurance market in terms of premium volumes by the mid-2030s, according to a recent report published by Swiss Re


11/03/2019

Invesco has announced the appointment of Charles Moussier as its new head of insurance investment solutions for EMEA


11/03/2019

Asset managers have so far transferred more than £65bn in funds from the UK to the EU, with insurance companies moving £35bn in assets, according to New Financial


11/03/2019

Latest EC proposals amending Solvency II delegated regulation are a “missed opportunity” to improve the regime, as concerns remain around risk margins and the volatility adjustment, Insurance Europe director general Olav Jones has argued


11/03/2019

Regulators have an increasingly important role to play across the full breadth of the financial sector to help improve the availability and consistency of data relating to the firms and initiatives insurers may want to invest in, the ABI has argued


08/03/2019

Lloyd’s Brussels, the new subsidiary of specialist re/insurance market Lloyd’s of London, has secured licence to underwrite insurance and reinsurance risks in Monaco after Brexit


08/03/2019

According to IFC, private equity and venture capital funds that have greater gender-balance in their senior investment teams managed to generate 10 per cent to 20 per cent higher returns compared with funds that have a majority of male or female leaders


08/03/2019

According to IFC, private equity and venture capital funds that have greater gender-balance in their senior investment teams managed to generate 10 per cent to 20 per cent higher returns compared with funds that have a majority of male or female leaders


08/03/2019

The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing.

As a result, insurers will have to hold less capital for such investments and will therefore find it more attractive to invest in the economy. The EC said this will further help mobilise private sector investment – a key objective of the Capital Markets Union. Furthermore, the newly adopted rules, which take the form of a Delegated Regulation, amend the EU prudential rules for the insurance sector, known as Solvency II, and follow up from the Mid-term review of the CMU Action Plan


07/03/2019

Legal & General's operating profit was £1,902m in 2018, up 10% from £1,732m, according to its latest annual results


07/03/2019

Aviva has warned of “more muted” growth in its outlook compared to a year ago, as it faces Brexit uncertainty


07/03/2019

The European Parliament and EU member states have today reached a political agreement on disclosure requirements related to sustainable investments and sustainability risks


07/03/2019

Sophisticated insurers are now targeting allocations of 5 to 10% in alternative investments for their portfolios as the asset class gains traction in the insurance space, J.P. Morgan Asset Management global head of insurance strategy and analytics Gareth Haslip has said


06/03/2019

Aon has confirmed it is not pursuing a business combination deal with Willis Towers Watson


06/03/2019

New York State regulators have issued a subpoena to The Trump Organisation’s longtime insurance broker, Aon


06/03/2019

The Estonian Parliament, Riigikogu, has passed an Amendment to the Estonian Insurance Activities Act, recognising insurance associations (a type of mutual insurer) and European cooperative societies from 2 March 2019


06/03/2019

Aon has confirmed it is in the early stages of considering an all-share business combination with Willis Towers Watson


05/03/2019

EIOPA and its members have agreed on a no-deal Memoranda of Understanding with the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority


05/03/2019

The LMA has announced the appointment of Rob Myers as operations director and Paul Davenport as finance director


05/03/2019

Climate finance lawyers at ClientEarth have put Lloyd’s of London on notice of legal and financial risks associated with Adani’s notorious Carmichael coal mine


05/03/2019

The search for yield is drawing US life insurers into increasingly riskier investments, Fitch Ratings has said


05/03/2019

Phoenix Group has delivered £1.3bn cash generation in 2017 and 2018, exceeding the upper end of its cash generation target range of £1.0bn to £1.2bn for this period


05/03/2019

Life insurers should consider liquidity risk arising from a number of sources relating to the matching adjustment portfolio and unit-linked funds, and where they are engaged in collateral upgrade must consider the impact on its liquidity profile


04/03/2019

Total demand from investors, including insurers and pension funds in Poland’s green bonds has amounted to €4.8bn


04/03/2019

Aviva has today announced the appointment of Maurice Tulloch as CEO


04/03/2019

Consolidation dominated the insurance industry in 2017, with most countries seeing a decrease in the number of companies


04/03/2019

The total investment portfolio managed by insurers in Europe grew by 1.2% in 2017 to €10.226bn, driven by an increase in the portfolios managed by insurers in France, the UK, Italy and Switzerland


04/03/2019

Average insurance penetration in Europe amounted to 7.53% in 2017, an increase of 0.14 of a percentage point compared with 2016


04/03/2019

Gross written premiums in the European insurance industry increased 4.7% year-on-year to €1,213bn in 2017, with the total investment portfolio growing 1.2% to €10,226bn, meaning it retained its position as Europe’s largest institutional investor.

In its latest European Insurance in Figures report, Insurance Europe said life premiums increased 5% YOY in 2017, albeit with significant difference between individual countries. The premiums in most P&C business lines which are most affected by levels of economic activity increased by 4.4%


01/03/2019

Standard Life Aberdeen’s financial planning business 1825 has made its first acquisition, in a move that sees the firm expand into Northern Ireland, purchasing BDO Northern Ireland’s wealth management division, which holds assets under advice valued at £230m


01/03/2019

Allianz and Generali have recently entered the bid for a portion of the bancassurance business of Spanish lender BBVA, competing against American insurer Liberty Mutual, Reuters reported


27/02/2019

The first ESG guide for the global insurance industry has been launched today to raise awareness of the potential benefits of ESG integration in the insurance business mode


27/02/2019

To develop an effective holistic framework for systemic risk in the insurance sector, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ (IAIS) must “better define” systematically risky activities, the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) has said


27/02/2019

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has told members of the Treasury Select Committee that interest rates would "more likely than not" be cut in the event of a no-deal Brexit


27/02/2019

Over 100 major global financial institutions including insurers have introduced policies restricting coal funding, new research from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has revealed


27/02/2019

The European Parliament and Council’s member states have reached a political agreement to extend the low-carbon benchmarks until the end of 2021, the existing transitional period for critical and third-country benchmarks


26/02/2019

RSA has announced the appointment of Charlotte Jones as chief financial officer


26/02/2019

US and European equities rated as controversial underperform their benchmarks according to research conducted by Ossiam into the behaviour of stocks connected with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues


26/02/2019

The collapse of the price of cryptoassets makes it a more interesting time for institutional investors to invest in the class, as well as in the underlying blockchain technology, according to Cambridge Associates


25/02/2019

US insurer, Hiscox, has grown its gross written premiums by 15% to $3,778.3m and more than tripled profits to $137.4m according to its latest financial results for 2018


25/02/2019

The limited level of systemic risk originating from the insurance industry means additional macroprudential measures are not needed, Insurance Europe has said


25/02/2019

Any future arrangement with the EU that required the UK to comply with rules it had no say over could be ‘weaponised’ by those that want to damage the UK, which could result in UK insurers having to hold more capital than they need, ABI director general Huw Evans will warn


25/02/2019

The Brexit-driven Rating Watch Negative (RWN) in the UK does not imply an immediate threat to the ratings of UK insurance companies, Fitch Ratings has said


25/02/2019

Investment fund assets held by European investors reached €11.7trn in 2017, of which pension funds and insurers held 41.7 per cent, according to a new report by the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)


25/02/2019

Gender diversity has improved at nearly all levels of the insurance industry with the proportion of women on executive teams increasing by five percentage points, according to the second annual talent and diversity survey from the ABI


22/02/2019

Swiss Re’s return on investments (ROI) for 2018 was 2.8% compared to 3.9% in 2017, with the decrease almost entirely attributable to a reduced contribution from equity securities


22/02/2019

UNIQA’s recurring premiums written have risen by 3.1% to €5,197m and total group premiums written have risen slightly to €5,309m, according to its latest annual financial results


22/02/2019

Ageas has reached an agreement to acquire 40 per cent of the share capital of the Indian non-life insurance company Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co. Limited (RSGI)


22/02/2019

Austria’s Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) is to stop insuring new coal plants and mines, becoming the eighth insurer to announce restrictions on its cover for coal


22/02/2019

US life insurers’ investment portfolios have become moderately more risky since the global financial crisis, Fitch Ratings has said in a new report


21/02/2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today issued a decision which found that three asset management firms were in breach of competition law, marking the regulator’s first formal decision under its competition enforcement powers


21/02/2019

Sixty-two per cent of US insurance companies are now utilising exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in their general accounts for reserve and surplus exposures, and among those who have not yet embraced ETFs, 82% expect their organisations will reconsider that decision in the next three years, according to a new report from Greenwich Associates


21/02/2019

Dutch insurance group, ACR, has seen its gross written premiums in the non-life segment rise by €435m to €3,014m, both as a result of solid organic growth of 4.7% and the acquisition of Generali Nederland (€314m)


21/02/2019

RSA Insurance Group has appointed Sonia Baxendale as non-executive director with effect from March


21/02/2019

AXA IM’s AUM amounted to €730bn as of the end of 2018, down €16bn compared to the end of December 2017, but successes have been recorded in the alternatives investment space


21/02/2019

Schroders has announced the death after a short illness of its director Bruno Schroder aged 86 on 20 February. Schroder served as a director of Schroders plc since 1963


21/02/2019

Spanish insurer, MAPFRE, has invested €35m in the first structured green bond using blockchain technology to negotiate the terms and conditions, issued by BBVA Group


20/02/2019

England's High Court has granted Aviva, the UK's second-largest insurer, its approval to transfer around £9bn (€10.35bn) in assets to a new Irish company ahead of Brexit


20/02/2019

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) welcomes European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) consultation on integrating sustainability risks and factors in the UCITS Directive, AIFMD and MiFID II as long as measures are consistent


20/02/2019

Institutional investors have nearly doubled their exposure to renewable infrastructure investments over the past two years, from 2 per cent to 3.6 per cent, and believe the biggest allocation increases will be made to offshore wind, solar thermal and onshore wind, according to a new study


20/02/2019

“No authorisation means no new business”, Italian regulator, Ivass, has warned insurers in preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit


20/02/2019

French insurer, SCOR, has delivered gross written premiums of €15,258m in 2018, up 7.1% compared to 2017


20/02/2019

No evidence of significant levels of harm that merit the introduction of intrusive remedies have been found in the London Insurance Market (LIM), according to the FCA, but some areas of concern remain


20/02/2019

EIOPA’s advice on insurance contract continuity ‘reduces uncertainty’ but does “not eradicate it”, according to ABI director general Huw Evans


19/02/2019

EIOPA has called upon national supervisory authorities to minimise the detriment to insurance policyholders and beneficiaries in the case of a no withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union


19/02/2019

The strategy and governance indicators of the PRI’s climate risk indicators are to become mandatory for signatories to report on from 2020


19/02/2019

Ageas UK has appointed Jonathan Price as its new chief financial officer


19/02/2019

PIB Group has acquired Optis Insurances Limited as part of its expansion into the Irish marketplace


19/02/2019

Unions and insurers have issued a joint warning about the burden of the significant increase in EU regulation on insurance workers


18/02/2019

The Apollo Funds have acquired all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Aspen for $42.75 per share in cash, representing an equity value of approximately $2.6bn


18/02/2019

The price fall on stock exchanges at the end of last year has caused the biggest loss ever in Dutch investment institutions


18/02/2019

Solvency II has largely delivered but a range of critical comments can still be made on how to improve the Directive, Associate Professor at the Economics and Business Faculty of the KU Leuven Professor Karel Van Hulle has said


18/02/2019

Central Bank of Ireland deputy governor Ed Sibley has mooted two additional areas to be included in the scope of the Call for Advice around Solvency II


18/02/2019

The importance of the cross-border insurance model for customer choice and the European economy, and the importance of consistent supervision across the EU have been emphasised by EIOPA chair Gabriel Bernardino


15/02/2019

British life insurer, Aviva, is seeking approval from the High Court of England and Wales for the transfer of assets totalling €9bn from the UK to its Irish subsidiary


15/02/2019

The Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE), along with the Insurance Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (ISSDC), today signed a statement on the effects of regulatory requirements and compliance on employees


15/02/2019

Insurers and asset managers have written a joint letter to the European Commission and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) calling on them to set an expiry date of PRIIPs derogation for multi-option products to be aligned, with the exemption of UCITS


15/02/2019

German insurance firm Allianz reported today that its operating profit for 2018 was €11.5bn, the highest income level in the firm’s history


14/02/2019

U.S. Risk Insurance Group (US Risk) yesterday announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by USI Insurance Services (USI), a leading insurance brokerage and consulting firm


14/02/2019

Life insurance premiums in Luxembourg increased by 6.45% for Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017, according to latest figures published by the Commissariat aux Assurances


14/02/2019

Property and casualty insurance firm Lancashire Holdings has announced that it will use Lloyd’s of London’s European Union (EU) subsidiary in Brussels once the UK has left the union, Reuters reported


14/02/2019

Almost half (49%) of institutional investors expect to increase their exposure to assets supporting and participating in energy transition by 2021, a new study has revealed


13/02/2019

US insurer AIG reported a net loss of $622m for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of $6.7bn in the prior-year quarter


13/02/2019

The new European Union directive on stewardship and long-term sustainability of companies is a shareholder obligation, according to Head of Hermes EOS Hans-Christoph Hirt


13/02/2019

Brown & Brown Metro, a subsidiary of American insurer Brown & Brown, today announced that it has acquired “substantially all” of the assets of Smith Insurance


13/02/2019

Schroders has today announced it has hired an Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) integration specialist, focused on enhancing the firm’s ability to embed sustainability across its investment teams, allowing it to better meet its clients’ needs


12/02/2019

Premium income in the German insurance space has exceeded €200bn for the first time, Germany trade body, GDV, has said


12/02/2019

Investors are being cautioned against holding large fixed income exposure in a rising rate environment


12/02/2019

Investors across Europe are at risk of ignoring their role as responsible stewards as only 3 per cent believe their organisation already meets the requirements of the Shareholder Rights Directive II, new research from Hermes Investment Management has revealed


12/02/2019

Over 140 asset- and wealth-management firms have signed an open letter calling on global index providers to remove controversial weapons companies from mainstream benchmarks


11/02/2019

UK economic growth slowed to just 0.2% in the final quarter of 2018, while quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed after a strong third quarter where it grew 0.6%, new data has revealed


11/02/2019

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, brokers are still preparing for growth and expansion in 2019, with this year potentially being viewed as a year of growth and development, according to the latest Aviva Broker Barometer


11/02/2019

Global insurance M&A activity is up 9 per cent in a year, latest figures have revealed.

According to Clyde & Co’s latest insurance growth report Navigating a course between uncertainty and opportunity, there were 382 completed mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the insurance sector in 2018, compared to 350 the previous year


11/02/2019

Forty-two per cent of institutional investors that already invest in renewable energy are set to increase their allocation to the asset class by 10 per cent over the next five years, according to a report by Octopus Group


08/02/2019

Net subscriptions for French life insurance totalled €22.4bn in 2018 up from €8.3bn in 2017, according to the French Insurance Federation


08/02/2019

US insurer, SCOR, has grown its P&C reinsurance premiums by 9.7% at constant exchange rates at the January 2019 renewals, from €2.9bn to €3.2bn


08/02/2019

Finding an agreed measure for impact from investment has long been an issue, but the Investment Leaders Group (ILG) has now developed a framework that could enable a revolution in consumer choice in financial services


08/02/2019

UnipolSai Assicurazioni has recorded a consolidated net profit of €948m for 2018 (€537m in 2017), according to its latest financial results


08/02/2019

The French government has issued a number of emergency measures for insurance contracts, to take effect on the UK withdrawal from the EU without an agreement concluded in accordance with article 50


07/02/2019

Chubb saw profits tumble to $355m for the fourth quarter of 2018, down more than 75% compared with the same period last year, as property insurance losses exceeded expectations


07/02/2019

Beazley posted a profit before tax figure of $76.4m in its 2018 results, published today, down from its 2017 figure of $168m, which it has blamed on natural disasters and a poor investment environment


07/02/2019

Swiss insurer Zurich has reported a business operating profit of £3.5bn in its 2018 results, an increase of 20% on its 2017 operating profit figure


07/02/2019

The European subsidiary of American insurance giant Travelers has recently been granted a license by the Central Bank of Ireland to open a new, wholly owned insurance subsidiary in Dublin, ahead of Brexit


07/02/2019

Talanx Group achieved a net income of €703m in 2018, an increase of 4.9%


06/02/2019

The European Parliament and European Union (EU) member states have reached a political agreement for simpler rules for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, which will reduce costs and regulatory burdens


06/02/2019

Lloyds of London has appointed David Duclos to serve as non-executive chairman of its global network


06/02/2019

German re-insurer Hannover Re has increased its premium volume in traditional property and casualty reinsurance by 15.4% on a currency-adjusted basis to €6.4bn


06/02/2019

Signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) reached 2,232 in 2018, a 21 per cent increase on the previous year


06/02/2019

EIOPA is to put sustainability as a central theme in its strategic thinking for 2019-2021, and will examine how best to include sustainability considerations in supervisory and regulatory frameworks


05/02/2019

Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, US insurance trade groups say the covered agreement reached between the US and UK remains on track and is a key step to ensure business continuity after the UK has departed from the European Union (EU)


05/02/2019

French reinsurer Scor’s chief executive officer (CEO) Denis Kessler has promised to release a strategic plan that would set new targets for the company, in a move to assuage an activist fund that questioned his role in a failed takeover process


05/02/2019

RSA UK & International has appointed its former chief financial officer (CFO) Scott Egan as its new chief executive officer (CEO) with immediate effect


05/02/2019

Insurance firm Royal London has received approval to transfer more than £1bn worth of assets to Ireland as it ramps up its Brexit contingency planning


04/02/2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published new rules and guidance to improve the quality of the information available to consumers about the funds they invest in


04/02/2019

Lloyd’s of London has announced the appointment of Burkhard Keese as its chief financial officer (CFO), with effect from 1 April 2019


01/02/2019

Covéa has cancelled its earlier plan to acquire property and casualty reinsurer SCOR saying that “a transaction with SCOR is no longer part of its strategic options”


01/02/2019

The risk exposure of the European Union insurance sector remains stable overall, according to EIOPA’s updated risk dashboard based on the third quarter 2018 data


01/02/2019

Solvency II does not represent an obstacle to the integration of sustainability risks, according to Insurance Europe’s response to a consultation on EIOPA’s draft technical advice on the integration of sustainability risks and factors in the delegated acts under Solvency II and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)


31/01/2019

French insurers’ increasing focus on health insurance is credit positive as the market gives them an opportunity for business growth and earnings diversification with limited risk, Fitch Ratings revealed in a new report


31/01/2019

Swedish insurer Folksam has invested in a Nordic-Baltic “blue” bond protecting water resources and a Swedish green bond for sustainable housing


30/01/2019

The French Insurance Federation (FFA) and the German Insurance Association (GDV) have expressed their support in the creation of the Franco-German economic area with common rules


30/01/2019

MPs have voted to eliminate the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal


30/01/2019

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ (IAIS) proposal for a new “holistic framework” for identifying and managing systematic risk in the insurance sector currently lacks sufficient clarity, according to Insurance Europe


29/01/2019

EIOPA has called for improvements to the assessment of the propriety of board members and qualifying shareholders of insurance companies


29/01/2019

Bermuda-based (re)insurers continue to be tested by challenging market conditions, including heightened catastrophic losses and diminishing competitive advantage resulting from U.S tax reform, according to Fitch Ratings


25/01/2019

The Investment Association (IA) has today announced the launch of the first industry-wide consultation on sustainability and responsible investment


25/01/2019

The Treasury Committee has today launched a new inquiry into the future of the UK’s financial services, once it has departed from the European Union (EU)


25/01/2019

Britain and Switzerland have struck a deal allowing insurers to trade freely between the two countries post-Brexit, Britain’s finance ministry has said.

The agreement will replicate the effects of the EU’s insurance agreement with Switzerland.
British finance minister Philip Hammond, and Swiss Confederation president Ueli Maurer, signed the agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland


24/01/2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) met yesterday, Wednesday 23 January, and proposed amending key aspects of IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts


24/01/2019

Aon has recently appointed Colin Dutkiewicz as the global head of life for its reinsurance solutions business


24/01/2019

A report from De Nederlansche Bank (DNB) has revealed that the Dutch financial sector is exposed to environmental and social challenges, in addition to climate-related risks


24/01/2019

The Bank of England (BoE) has said it is “broadly on track” with its efforts to prevent European Union (EU) banks and insurers from relocating their UK branches post Brexit


23/01/2019

Luxembourg’s regulators granted 80 new licences for banks, management companies, alternative asset managers, insurers and investment firms in 2018, demonstrating it is the ‘go-to-hub’ for financial institutions operating on a cross-border basis in the European market


23/01/2019

The world’s largest insurance brokers have refused to rule out support for the giant Carmichael coal mine in Australia, despite growing opposition to the project among insurers and financial institutions, according to Unfriend Coal


22/01/2019

The US Federal Reserve is to try and leverage its upcoming proposal on insurance capital requirements in an effort to make an international plan more suitable for the US market, Fed Governor Randal Quarles said


22/01/2019

India’s insurance sector is set to mark strong growth due to the country’s economy and evolving regulatory regime, Moody’s Investors Service has said


21/01/2019

Phoenix Group Holdings has the most defensive life insurance stock and offers one of the safest dividend yields amid concerns a hard Brexit will lead to a recession, according to Barclays


21/01/2019

The world’s insurers have teamed up with the UN and the WWF to create a pioneering insurance industry guide to protect the planet’s most special places


18/01/2019

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has issued a Call for Evidence to collect information from market participants on the integration of sustainability risks and factors in the prudential assessment of assets and liabilities for insurers and (re)insurers


17/01/2019

Allianz, AXA and Swiss Re are among the brands to have received most praise from NGOs in 2018, on account of their efforts on climate change


16/01/2019

Insurers have slammed the atmosphere of uncertainty following the UK government’s defeat in Parliament on its proposed Brexit deal yesterday


15/01/2019

Swiss Re has recently announced it expects a combined claims burden from natural catastrophes and large man-made disasters of $2.9bn for 2018, while, as an industry, insurers will lose $81bn as a result of natural disasters


15/01/2019

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance has been positive since 2014, following a mobilisation of investors which has had an impact on supply and demand, according to new research by Amundi


14/01/2019

Market sentiment is holding up among insurers in the UK amid general falling sentiment among the rest of the financial services industry


14/01/2019

Law firm Slater and Gordon has swiped former Aviva executive Angus Eaton, who will take the position of managing director of consumer legal services, while also becoming the firm’s chief risk officer and chair of its risk management committee


11/01/2019

Insurers are now expected to disclose how they are to address climate risks, a new report has revealed


11/01/2019

Proposals to link EIOPA’s budget more closely to its actions, with increased scrutiny from the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, and to maintain a minimum of 35 per cent of EIOPA’s funding from the European Commission have been welcomed by Insurance Europe deputy director general Olav Jones said


10/01/2019

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published today its first Report on Costs and Past Performance of insurance and pension products following a request of the European Commission to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) to periodically report on costs and past performance of retail investment, insurance and pension products


10/01/2019

French insurer AXA has said it will handle its international risk and reinsurance through an Irish unit as a result of Brexit, Reuters has reported


09/01/2019

Marsh & McLennan Companies, (MMC) has announced the pricing for six different bonds to fund the takeover of Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) worth $5.6bn


09/01/2019

Internal models remain the most accurate measure of insurers’ risks, the best driver of good risk management and the most appropriate basis for comparing risks between companies, according to a group of Europe’s largest reinsurers


08/01/2018

Net inflows for the French life insurance market in November 2018 were €2.7bn, the French Insurance Federation (FFA) revealed


08/01/2019

Allianz, insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance linked investment manager Nephila Capital and broker ReSurety have again collaborated to deliver a wind farm proxy revenue swap product to transfer risks and support cash flows related to a new wind farm construction project


07/01/2019

Throughout 2019, institutional investors, excited by the prospect of greater regulatory clarity, are going to drive “considerable expansion” of the cryptocurrency market in 2019, according to deVere Group founder and chief executive Nigel Green


07/01/2019

LV= has recently appointed former Aviva retirement specialist Clive Bolton as managing director for life and pensions, subject to regulatory approval


07/01/2019

Rothesay has approached Swiss Re about the possibility of acquiring ReAssure, Swiss Re’s UK unit that manages life insurance policies, for £3.5bn, Sky News has reported


04/01/2019

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) should be replaced with an independent statutory regulator, accountable to Parliament, with a new mandate, new clarity of mission, new leadership and new powers, a new report has argued


04/01/2019

French insurance group Apicil is to take over Luxembourg life insurance company OneLife


03/01/2019

Chubb European Group has redomiciled its business from London to France


03/01/2019

QBE European Operations has implemented its post-Brexit plans, after its Part VII transfers came into effect on 1 January 2019 following High Court approval


03/01/2019

Insurance company Athora has acquired Belgian insurer Generali Belgium from Italian insurance major Assicurazioni Generali for €540m


02/01/2019

The Hanover Insurance Group has completed the sale of Chaucer Holdings Limited, the major portion of its Lloyd’s international specialty business, to China Reinsurance Group


02/01/2019

AIG Life Limited, a UK subsidiary of AIG Life & Retirement, has completed the previously agreed acquisition of Ellipse, a specialist life, critical illness and income protection provider in the UK, from Munich Re


02/01/2019

Generali Group has completed the acquisition of an additional 23.5 per cent state in its Future Generali insurance joint ventures (JVs) in India with Future Group


21/12/2018

The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) has announced it is selling its pension and insurance business in the Dominican Republic to Grupo Rizek for an undisclosed amount


21/12/2018

Direct Line Group has appointed AIG Life as the insurer behind its protection products in the UK’s first direct-to-consumer life insurance partnership


21/12/2018

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has recently confirmed that the unrated Danish insurance firm Qudos Insurance was declared bankrupt on 20 December 2018


20/12/2018

Lloyd’s of London has named Sonja Rottiers as the chief executive of its Brussels subsidiary from February, while also acting as the firm’s regional director for Europe, Middle East and Africa


20/12/2018

The Central Bank of Ireland has issued a €3.5m fine to RSA Insurance Ireland (RSAII) for regulatory breaches in relation to large loss claims and accounting irregularities from 2009 to October 2013


20/12/2018

Ten of the world’s foremost insurers have reportedly announced they will not provide support to develop the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Australia, following in the footsteps set by many global financial institutions, the Unfriend Coal campaign has revealed


19/12/2018

Direct Line Group has indicated its interest in buying Legal & General’s (L&G) home and contents cover division, which was recently put up for sale, Sky New has reported


18/12/2018

Global reinsurance firm Swiss Re has estimated that natural catastrophes and man-made disasters will cost the insurance industry approximately $79bn in 2018, marking the fourth highest annual industry loss on its sigma records


18/12/2018

JLT Re has signed an insurtech partnership with Pact Insurance to offer products to the emerging digital auto insurance market


17/12/2018

Legal & General (L&G) is currently planning to divest its general insurance business, three years after a previous auction was called off, in a deal that could fetch more than £300m, Sky News has reported


17/12/2018

Following the publication of the results from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) 2018 Insurance Stress Test, Insurance Europe deputy director Olav Jones emphasised the “strength of Europe’s insurance industry”


14/12/2018

A total of 42 (re)insurance companies reported an aggregate Assets over Liabilities (AoL) ratio of 109.5% and a pre-stress SCR coverage of 202.4% in the pre-stress (baseline) situation according to EIOPA’s latest 2018 Insurance Stress Test


14/12/2018

The IASB has voted to propose to amend IFRS 17, the insurance contracts Standard issued in May 2017


13/12/2018

EIOPA has today published its report on the Evaluation of the Structure of Insurance Intermediaries Markets in Europe confirming that the European insurance intermediation market is now characterised by a very wide diversity of local distribution channels and different definitions adopted at the national level


13/12/2018

The US Department of the Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) have announced they intend to sign a bilateral insurance agreement with the UK, which should provide “regulatory certainty and market continuity” after Britain leaves the European Union (EU)


13/12/2018

The European Commission’s consultation on its draft proposals for the 2018 review of the Solvency II Delegated Regulation has raised a number of concerns voiced by Insurance Europe


10/12/2018

Following the decision from Qudos Insurance to enter liquidation, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has expressed its support of the order issued by Danish regulator Finanstilsynet


10/12/2018

A group of 11 insurance associations from across the globe have written a joint letter to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) chair Hans Hoogervorst calling for a two-year delay to International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17, which covers insurance contracts


07/12/2018

Interim solutions and contingency planning with respect to derivatives and insurance claims are reducing some significant risks a "no-deal" Brexit would present to the European financial services sector, Fitch Ratings has said in a new report


07/12/2018

Insurance companies urged to publicly rule out support for Australian coal mine


05/12/2018

UK-based RSA Insurance Group has received approval from the High Court of England and Wales to transfer its European business to its Luxembourg branch ahead of Brexit


05/12/2018

Dutch insurer ASR has recently agreed to acquire Loyalis from pensions administrator APG in a deal worth €450m