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06/04/2020

The Romanian insurance market recorded a volume of underwritten premiums of RON 11bn (EUR 2.3 bln) in 2019, up 8% compared to 2018


06/04/2020

Legal & General (L&G) has confirmed its current intention to pay the 2019 dividend despite giving consideration to the PRA’s letter of 31 March.

PRA deputy governor, Sam Woods, recently said that UK insurers’ boards considering any distributions to shareholders or making decisions on variable remuneration “must pay close attention to the need to protect policyholders and ensure their firms can play a full part in supporting the real economy throughout the economic disruption arising from COVID-19”


06/04/2020

Insurers, AXA and FBD, have both postponed their shareholder meetings in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting restrictions


03/04/2020

US life insurers’ growing commercial mortgage portfolios may face unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic


03/04/2020

Slovenian insurance-financial group, Triglav Group, has said its insurance and investment portfolios are sufficiently resilient and that the capital position is appropriate to cope with the increased risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the financial markets


03/04/2020

EIOPA is urging (re)insurers to temporarily suspend all discretionary dividend distributions and share buy backs aimed at remunerating shareholders due to the impacts of COVID-19 in financial markets and the economy


02/04/2020

China’s insurance industry is beginning to recover from the losses incurred due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a compound annual grwoth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% between 2019-2023


02/04/2020

Aon has completed the move of the jurisdiction of incorporation for the firm’s parent company to Ireland


02/04/2020

The PRA’s proposals around the modelling of IPRE loans within insurers’ Solvency II internal models, and expectations in respect of the use of internal credit assessments for assigning fundamental spreads for illiquid, unrated assets have generally been welcomed by the industry, however a number of clarifications have been outlined


02/04/2020

China Re could be considering setting up a move into the US to establish a business entity based on global strategy and the implementation of the Sino-US phase one trade deal


01/04/2020

The Romanian Supervisory Authority and EIOPA have decided to postpone the start of the balance sheet review of the Romanian insurance sector


01/04/2020

Two WPP sponsored pension schemes have completed a further combined £250m buy-in with the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC)


01/04/2020

UK insurers’ boards considering any distributions to shareholders or making decisions on variable remuneration “must pay close attention to the need to protect policyholders and ensure their firms can play a full part in supporting the real economy throughout the economic disruption arising from COVID-19”, PRA deputy governor and CEO Sam Woods has said


01/04/2020

Munich Re has withdrawn its previous 2020 profit guidance of €2.8bn and discontinued its previously announced share buy-back of up to €1bn until further notice


31/03/2020

The initially planned transfer of all Legal & General mature savings policyholders to ReAssure on 6 April 2020 for £650m will no longer take place


31/03/2020

The UK life and Italian life insurance sectors have had their outlooks changed to negative from stable, Moody’s has announced


31/03/2020

India’s reinsurance market is set to reach US$7.8bn by 2024, driven by offshore investments, GlobalData has said


31/03/2020

French Insurance Federation members are committing to contribute €200m to the Solidarity Fund, set up by the public authorities to support micro-enterprises and the self-employed, sectors that have been particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the COVID-19 virus


30/03/2020

US private equity firm Genstar Capital, has partnered with insurance industry executives to establish Obsidian Insurance Holdings, a new fronting insurance holding company, with $100m of capital


30/03/2020

esure Group has announced that its founder Peter Wood is to step down as chairman and will be succeeded by Andy Haste


30/03/2020

QBE has withdrawn its 2020 financial targets in light of the “unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and uncertain economic and investment market outlook”


30/03/2020

AM Best has assigned a long-term issue credit rating of “a-” to the new $300m 5.25% 10-year senior unsecured notes due April 2030 recently issued by American Financial Group (AFG)


27/03/2020

The IAIS is to utilise the framework it has developed in recent years for forward-looking risk assessment to undertake a targeted assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global insurance sector, and will review the 2020 timelines for the implementation of the holistic framework for the mitigation of systemic risk in the global insurance sector


27/03/2020

The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, Finanstilsynet, has ordered Gefion Insurance A/S to cease writing business with immediate effect


27/03/2020

J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has appointed Bryan Wallace as head of international fixed income insurance and pensions, replacing Prashant Sharma who are seven years with the firm, has decided to pursue opportunities elsewhere


26/03/2020

Lloyd’s of London has today confirmed that the market is in a “strong position” to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, with net resources increasing by 8.6% to £30.6bn in 2019 and a central solvency ratio of 238%


26/03/2020

Insurers issuing hybrid capital instruments that have coupon deferral requirements tied to a regulatory solvency ratio must monitor the sensitivity of their regulatory solvency ratios to equity or credit spread movements, S&P Global Ratings has urged


26/03/2020

A wide group of financial associations – including Insurance Europe – has called for a delay in the compliance dates for initial margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives to account for problems companies face due to the COVID-19 pandemic


25/03/2020

Institutional investors that are not obliged to trade are waiting for the right moment before they step into the markets, according to Danish consultancy firm Kirstein


25/03/2020

Premium income from life and non-life Italian insurance business amounted to €107.2bn at 30 September 2019, of which €79.7bn was life insurance


25/03/2020

The value of worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets increased by 3.1 per cent to €52.7trn in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)


25/03/2020

French life insurers recorded net inflows of €1.4bn for February 2020, up from €0.5bn for January 2020


24/03/2020

The PRA has outlined its approach to regulatory reporting for UK insurers in response to COVID-19 and EIOPA’s ‘Recommendations on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline of supervisory reporting and public disclosures – coronavirus/COVID-19’


24/03/2020

An upward shift of 100bps in the yield of Italian sovereign debt would reduce the value of insurance companies’ own funds by 28%, the IMF has said


24/03/2020

US property and casualty insurers will be able to remain strong and solvent during the current period of lower interest rates and other financial impacts from COVID-19, Insurance Information Institute CEO Sean Kevelighan has said


23/03/2020

A group of ten financial associations, including Insurance Europe, have written to several European and national policymakers to emphasise the importance of keeping European financial markets open during the COVID-19 pandemic


23/03/2020

Sompo International Holdings, a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, has announced that subject to applicable regulatory approval, Christopher Donelan, currently the deputy CEO of Sompo International (SI) Reinsurance will assume the position of CEO of SI Reinsurance


23/03/2020

The think tank, 2 Degrees Investing Initiative (2DII) has developed stress tests based on COVID-19 scenarios to assess the financial risks of the virus


23/03/2020

Insurers in Japan remain financially stable to weather market volatility given their robust balance sheet fundamentals, AM Best commentary has said


23/03/2020

EIOPA has issued its recommendations on supervisory flexibility regarding deadlines of supervisory reporting and public disclosure by insurers in light of the COVID-19 developments


20/03/2020

Financial Risk Solutions (FRS) has announced that Acorn Life has deployed the Invest|Pro™ platform to manage its life assurance book of business.


20/03/2020

Net sales of UCITS and AIFs totalled €137bn, up from €70bn in December 2019, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)


19/03/2020

Mutual life pensions and investments group, LV=, has reported a swing in profit before tax from continuing operations figure of £15m for FY 2019, from a £90m loss in FY 2018, reflecting adverse reserving changes of £67m (FY 2018: £10m favourable) and favourable short-term investment fluctuations of £129m (FY 2018: £66m adverse)


19/03/2020

AM Best is developing stress testing that it will conduct on its rated insurance companies’ balance sheets to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 virus fallout on their risk-adjusted capital levels, investment portfolios, reserve adequacy and other aspects of the risks borne by rated entities


19/03/2020

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced a further cut to the UK’s base interest rate from 0.25% to 0.1%


18/03/2020

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has decided on a new effective date for IFRS 17 of 1 January 2023


18/03/2020

The UK life insurance sector outlook has been revised to negative from stable in light of the coronavirus outbreak, Fitch Ratings has said


18/03/2020

Italy’s government has reduced the requirements for applying a country-specific volatility adjustment to strengthen Italian insurers’ regulatory Solvency II ratios


18/03/2020

EIOPA is extending the deadline of the holistic impact assessment for the 2020 Solvency II Review by two months, to 1 June 2020


17/03/2020

AMP Life Limited (AMP Life) has paid a penalty of $275,500 and AMP Capital Investors Limited (AMP Capital) has paid a penalty of $250,500 to comply with infringement notices issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)


17/03/2020

The US life insurance industry has had its ratings outlook revised to negative from stable


17/03/2020

Illiquid assets accounted for around 15% of European insurers’ investments at the end of 2018, having risen by about 1% a year over the previous three years, Moody’s has estimated


16/03/2020

The Life Insurance Association of Malaysia continued to record an encouraging growth in 2019, registering new business total premiums of RM11.8bn, an increase of 14.19% compared to RM10.3bn in 2018


16/03/2020

Solvency II (SII) capital strain resulting from adverse house price movements or a revision of house price inflation assumptions is a key short-term risk for insurers with equity release mortgages (ERMs) in their asset portfolios, Fitch Ratings has said


16/03/2020

German insurer, Talanx, has seen its net investment income grow by 15% to €4.3bn in the financial year 2019, partly due to a one-time effect in the life/health reinsurance segment resulting from the restructuring of the shareholdings in the Viridium Group


16/03/2020

Fitch Ratings is ranking institutions and sectors and regions most to least vulnerable to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, as part of its portfolio assessment process


13/03/2020

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has published a policy statement providing feedback on the responses it received to a consultation paper surrounding Credit Union rules


13/03/2020

Just Group has reported a £300m hit after restructuring its lifetime mortgage proposition in 2019 to accelerate its alignment with new regulatory requirements


13/03/2020

Generali has announced it is creating a €100m fund dedicated to combating the coronavirus emergency


12/03/2020

The total volume of premiums in Baloise’s non-life business rose in 2019 by 4% to CHF 3,542.1m thanks to the acquisition of Fidea and the related increase in premiums of CHF 112.6m


12/03/2020

Swedish insurer, Folksam, will no longer invest in companies operating in the gaming industry


12/03/2020

Dutch insurers have reduced their equity investments in gas and electricity, raw materials and the petrochemical industry from 24% in 2012 to 17% seven years later


12/03/2020

The Bank of England’s (BoE) announcement of a 50 basis point cut in its base rate to 0.25% “will weigh on UK life insurers’ capital ratios under the Solvency II regime, however a separate BoE measure allowing life insurers greater transitional relief from their Solvency II capital requirements will provide some counterbalancing uplift”, Moody’s has said


12/03/2020

The Bulgarian insurance sector is currently heavily concentrated on the non-life sector, which accounted for over 80% of estimated BGN2.9bn (€1.5bn) gross written premiums for 2019


11/03/2020

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced an emergency cut to the base interest rate to stabilise the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak


10/03/2020

Thirty-eight out of 75 of the world’s largest asset managers are stalling on taking action on environmental, social and governance issues, according to latest research published by ShareAction


10/03/2020

Credit rating upgrades for the US life/health industry outpaced downgrades in 2019, marking a turnaround from the previous three years, according to AM Best


10/03/2020

The estimate for reinsurance capital provided by the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market ranges from $88bn to $93bn, according to a new AM Best commentary


10/03/2020

US insurance giant, State Farm, has recorded a 2019 net income of $5.6bn, down from $8.8bn of net income in 2018 as a result of higher losses and lower premiums from its P&C business


09/03/2020

The main threat to European insurers’ credit quality from the coronavirus is the resulting disruption to financial markets, Fitch Ratings has said


09/03/2020

Aon and Willis Towers Watson (WTW) have announced a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock transaction with an implied combined equity value of approximately $80bn


09/03/2020

Prudential is planning to sell or carry out a partial float of its American insurance business, according to latest reports


09/03/2020

The Americas remained the world’s leading region in 2019 in terms of M&A activity, accounting for 43% of the global total, according to latest research published by Clyde & Co


05/03/2020

EIOPA has set out the main methodological elements and principles of and guidelines for an EU-wide stress-test (ST) exercise


05/03/2020

Insurance firm, Admiral, has appointed Milena Mondini de Focatiis as its first female chief executive


05/03/2020

Aviva’s general insurance net written premiums are up 2% to £9.3bn, and life PVNBP are up 12% to £45.7bn, latest figures show


05/03/2020

European life insurers are gradually shifting away from traditional guarantees towards more capital-light products, transferring part of the investment risk to policyholders, Fitch Ratings latest report has said


04/03/2020

Marsh, the world’s largest insurance broker, will tomorrow discuss ending support for the giant Carmichael coal mine in Australia after more than a year of trying to arrange insurance cover for the Adani Group’s controversial project


04/03/2020

The PRA is re-emphasising the need for Solvency II firms to engage a “broad set of qualities and competencies when recruiting to the management/governing body” and for this purpose to “put in place a policy to promote diversity of the management body”


04/03/2020

L&G has seen its insurance GWP rise by 6% to £2,729m up from £2,580m in 2018, and profit after tax up 16% to £1,700 in the same period


04/03/2020

Bermuda-based global reinsurer, PartnerRe, is to be sold to French mutual insurer, Covéa, for a total cash consideration of $9bn plus a cash dividend of $50m


03/03/2020

Total net assets of UCITS and AIFs grew by 3.3% in Q4 2019 to €17.7trn within the European investment fund industry, bringing the annual growth figure to 16.8% for 2019


03/03/2020

Everest Re Group has announced that Sanjoy Mukherjee, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, and current managing director and chief executive officer, Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd. will transition from his Bermuda role on 1 April and return to his full time duties as general counsel and corporate secretary of Everest Re Group, Ltd


03/03/2020

The lack of transparency around non-bank investors in leveraged loans and CLOs remains a key risk for the financial sector, according to the latest leveraged lending exposure report from Fitch Ratings


03/03/2020

The current disruption in the US capital markets caused by the coronavirus outbreak is increasing the risk profile of all US life insurers, Fitch Ratings has said


02/03/2020

Bermuda headquartered insurer, Hiscox, has seen its gross written premiums (GWP) rise from $3,778.3m in 2018 to $4,030.7m in 2019, and reported a strong investment return of $223m in 2019 compared to $38.1m the previous year


02/03/2020

French life insurers recorded net inflows for January 2020 of €0.5bn, compared to €2.2bn over the same period in 2019, according to the French Insurance Federation


02/03/2020

Insurance company failures in the UK and the EU are rare, policyholders have almost always been paid, and European solvency rules have effectively reduced the number and size of failures since the Solvency I capital adequacy regime was introduced in 2004 and expanded by the Solvency II regime, according to a new study produced by KPMG


28/02/2020

Swiss Life has reported a net profit of CHF 1.2bn, a rise of 12% from 2018, according to latest results from the firm


28/02/2020

AIG has appointed Lloyd’s director of performance management Jon Hancock as its CEO, international general insurance


28/02/2020

Insurance firms seeking to transfer their EU liabilities to an EU-authorised insurer under a Part VII transfer are not guaranteed to have it sanctioned by Court, or that it will be sanctioned within firms’ intended timeframes, PRA executive director, insurance supervision, Anna Sweeney has said


28/02/2020

Overseas investment by Korean insurers is likely to continue to rise in the search for higher investment returns and longer asset duration to match the asset-liability gap, although hedging costs could remain a burden, Fitch Ratings has said in a new report


27/02/2020

German life insurers have granted “significantly” more loans for housing construction and housing purchase in 2019, with payments of mortgage loans increasing by 5.8% to €8.9bn


27/02/2020

Eight-one per cent of institutional investors expect the use of leveraged investment strategies to increase over the next five years, new research from ETF provider GraniteShares has revealed


27/02/2020

RSA Insurance Group has reported a statutory profit after tax of £383m for 2019, up from £372m in 2018


26/02/2020

Credit markets have been “largely resilient” since January, despite coranavirus fears, Charlene Malik of TwentyFour Asset Management’s portfolio management team has said


26/02/2020

Generali has developed its first Green Insurance Linked Securities Framework (Green ILS Framework), in line with the group’s sustainability strategy


26/02/2020

The 2020 outlook for the UK P&C insurance sector is stable, reflecting resilient capitalisation, good operating performance, and the expectation that the sector will be able to manage the pressures from rising claims costs, low for longer interest rates, and regulatory uncertainty


26/02/2020

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has said that 2019 was a “good year” for the European investment fund industry after a “challenging 2018”


25/02/2020

Arch Capital has entered into a share purchase agreement with Natixis regarding the acquisition of a 29.5% stake in French credit insurer, Coface, worth $520m


25/02/2020

Less than 0.5% capacity in the world’s insurance market currently exists to cover the value of cryptoassets globally, Evertas has said


25/02/2020

Insurance companies operating in Argentina’s insurance market are facing the potential for a contraction in growth resulting from capital controls, along with volatile interest rates and the government’s restructuring of public debt


24/02/2020

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is to amplify its efforts against climate change


24/02/2020

Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re, Munich Re and Zurich are going further than most of their global peers in reducing their underwriting and investment exposure to fossil fuels, and thermal coal in particular, thus reducing stranded asset risk, a new report from Moody’s has said


24/02/2020

Italian insurers are urging the IASB to fix the IFRS 17 annual cohort requirement, as it is “inconsistent” with life insurance business


24/02/2020

Russian life insurance premiums decreased by 9% compared with 2018, from 478bn rubles to 433.2bn rubles


21/02/2020

Any potential acquisition of a reinsurer of a size of Partner Re, by Covéa, would "weaken Covéa's balance sheet but it would "not eliminate Covéa capital and leverage strengths relative to other Aa-rated peers", Moody's has said


20/02/2020

The largest US life insurers are entering private debt markets, as banks refocus on commercial banking against a backdrop of unconventional monetary policies and tighter bank regulations, according to a new research paper published by the Federal Reserve


20/02/2020

Swiss Re’s net income increased 73% to US$727m from US$421m in 2018, according to its full-year results for 2019


19/02/2020

ThreeSixty Investments has received Bank of Italy’s regulatory authorisation to operate as an asset manager (Società di Gestione del Risparmio) under Italian law


19/02/2020

Higher capital requirements introduced by the Nigerian insurance regulator will “necessitate consolidation” among insurers and could ultimately be “credit-positive” for the industry, Fitch Ratings has said


19/02/2020

The Financial Supervisory Authority of Romania (ASF) and EIOPA are to launch an independent assessment of the Romanian insurance sector through a balance sheet review


18/02/2020

Munich Re has become the 19th asset owner to join the United Nations-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing the Alliance’s total assets under management to US$4.5trn


18/02/2020

The 2020 sector outlook for the German life insurance industry has been revised to negative from stable


18/02/2020

The UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association (UKSIF) has announced that its CEO, Simon Howard, is to step down after seven years


17/02/2020

Nearly half (43 per cent) of Nordic institutional investors are investing in impact strategies, new research has found


17/02/2020

Four global reinsurers, Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re and SCOR, benefit from a competitive advantage by being leading players in life and health insurance, Fitch Ratings has said


17/02/2020

Europe saw the biggest increase in M&A activity between 2018 and 2019, with the number of deals increasing by 27% as transactions previously put on hold due to Brexit finally made it over the line


14/02/2020

Finnish mutual pension insurance company, Varma, saw its investments yield a return of €5.2bn or 12% in 2019, the best year for investment returns since 2009


13/02/2020

Robeco’s assets under management (AuM) reached €20bn at the end of 2019, an increase of €5bn between 30 September 2018 and 31 December 2019


13/02/2020

Zurich UK has today reported a 59% rise in earnings to £413m from £260m in 2018, and growth in premiums


12/02/2020

Moody’s Analytics has announced the launch of its discount curve service for IFRS 17


12/02/2020

Talanx Group is financing Germany’s biggest offshore wind farm, providing €321m of the €511m project bonds


11/02/2020

Premiums in Luxembourg’s insurance sector for 2019 increased by 44.51% compared to 2018, with non-life rising by 186.41% and life insurance growing by 18.61%


11/02/2020

Eight French (re)insurers have decided not to apply the International Capital Standard (ICS) during the five-year monitoring period preceding its implementation


10/02/2020

The Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) has converted its pensioner longevity swap into a £1.6bn buy-in with the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC)


10/02/2020

EIOPA has launched a new discussion paper addressing for the first time the subject of the ongoing changes to the new benchmark rates (or IBOR transitions)


10/02/2020

EXOR NV, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, has confirmed it has entered exclusive discussions with Covéa regarding a possible all-cash acquisition of Partner Re


06/02/2020

The German non-life insurance market remains stable for 2020, reflecting expectations that insurers will achieve some premium growth, while maintaining strong underwriting discipline


06/02/2020

The European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) has launched a Consultation Paper on proposals for Solvency II 2020 Review - Review of technical implementation means for the package on Solvency II Supervisory Reporting and Public Disclosure


06/02/2020

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations should remain “voluntary” standards, Insurance Europe has recommended


04/02/2020

French life insurers are under pressure to cut bonus rates as low interest rates bite


03/02/2020

The Indian government is to float part of the country's largest life firm, LIC


03/02/2020

Nippon Life has signed a syndicated loan agreement for an offshore windfarm project to be implemented in Akita Prefecture by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, a special purpose company (SPC) formed primarily with investments from Marubeni Corporation and Obayashi Corporation


03/02/2020

A looser EU-UK trade agreement would be credit negative but "manageable" for UK insurers, Moody’s has said, however a ‘no-deal’ outcome would be "more severe", especially for UK life insurers


31/01/2020

The total investment portfolio managed by insurers in Europe decreased 1.5% in 2018 to €10,186bn, according to latest figures published by Insurance Europe


31/01/2020

Total insurance premiums in Europe increased 6.2% in 2018, to €1,311bn, due to relatively strong growth in all business lines.


31/01/2020

The President of the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), Gary Dransfield, has announced that Rob Whelan will be leaving his position as CEO


31/01/2020

The priority now for the UK's "world-leading insurance and long-term savings sector" is to "shape a new relationship with the EU and global partners based on serving customers, common regulatory approaches and being able to meet the challenges of our fast-changing world", ABI director general Huw Evans said


31/01/2020

Norwegian authorities may set a lower limit for estimated loss given default (LGD) to ensure that insurers are subject to approximately the same capital requirements as banks for their exposure to mortgage loans


30/01/2020

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has held the Bank Rate at 0.75%


30/01/2020

Thai life insurers’ capitalisation may face greater strain from investments in riskier assets as they have increased their holdings of higher yielding assets to counter a prolonged period of subdued investment returns, Fitch Ratings has said


29/01/2020

Solvency II, one of the world’s most prudent and conservative prudential regimes, according to Insurance Europe president and CEO and chair of UNIQA Insurance group Andreas Brandstetter, “does not need prudential enhancements”


29/01/2020

European Commission executive vice president Valdis Dombrovskis has called for every EU country to have insurance guarantee schemes to plug a gap in EU insurance law


29/01/2020

Risk exposures for the European insurance sector have remained overall stable, according to data from Q3 2019, despite macro risks continuing at a high level


28/01/2020

AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Mirova and Sycomore Asset Management have collectively launched a call for a partner to develop and implement an innovative tool that could measure the impact of investments on biodiversity


28/01/2020

EIOPA has published its annual report on the use of exemptions and limitations from the regular supervisory reporting during 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 by national competent authorities (NCAs) under Solvency II


28/01/2020

More work is needed to achieve the aims of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to trade body, Insurance Europe


27/01/2020

France’s ministerial decree stating that profit-sharing reserves may be used to absorb losses in certain severe stress scenarios is credit-positive for the country’s life insurers, according to Fitch Ratings


27/01/2020

The Dutch Association of Insurers, Verbond van Verzekeraars, has urged EIOPA to make a more balanced proposal for modifying the European Solvency II supervisory framework


27/01/2020

Net inflows in the French life insurance market hit €1.1bn in December 2019, according to the French Insurance Federation


24/01/2020

AIG Life & Retirement, a division of American International Group and a leading provider of annuities, has announced the launch of its new AB All Market Index


24/01/2020

Swiss insurance group, Helvetia, has announced the acquisition of a majority holding in the Spanish insurer, Caser


24/01/2020

HM Treasury has appointed Christopher Woolard as interim chief executive of the FCA, following advice from the FCA Board


23/01/2020

Norwegian insurance company, Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, has reported a strong result for the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by gains on its sale of Gjensidige Bank


23/01/2020

Fitch Ratings has announced its global bank rating Outlooks are still negatively skewed, although to a lesser degree than they were six months ago


22/01/2020

Natural disasters in 2019 resulted in economic losses of $232bn, with private sector and government-sponsored insurance programs covering $71bn of the total, according to a new report published by Aon


22/01/2020

Italian insurance group, Generali, has been added to the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, bringing the total assets managed by Alliance members to over $4.3trn


22/01/2020

A group of financial associations have written a letter to the European Commission that raises concerns over the approach being taken to fix problems with the regulatory technical standards of the Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance-Based Products (PRIIPs)


22/01/2020

Amundi has announced a new 10-year strategic partnership with Spanish banking group, Banco Sabadell, that includes the 100% acquisition of Sabadell Asset Management, a leading asset manager in Spain


21/01/2020

Nomura Asset Management (NAM), the core company within the Asset Management Division of Nomura Group, has announced it is to manage a European corporate bond fund incorporating ESG factors in a foreign investment trust


21/01/2020

Everest Re Group has announced that Artur Klinger will join the Everest Reinsurance Division later in 2020 as managing director of Continental Europe, succeeding Stephan Knipper who will retire after 33 years in the industry


21/01/2020

Gothaer Asset Management, a division of the German insurer Gothaer, has issued a €500m mandate to invest in Dutch residential mortgages


20/01/2020

Swedish insurance company, Folksam Group, has announced it is investing SEK 1bn in the Silvestica Green Forest Green Forest Fund


20/01/2020

Financial Risk Solutions (FRS), the provider of fund administration software to global life assurance and asset management companies, has announced the launch of Invest|Tax for fund managers to calculate and report capital gains tax (CGT) on real estate investments for non-UK residents


17/01/2020

Economies in Latin America are expected to rebound in 2020, helping the insurance markets in these countries to realise their growth and potential, according to a new report published by AM Best


17/01/2020

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced that outgoing Governor, Mark Carney, has been appointed as Boris Johnson’s finance adviser for COP26


16/01/2020

The PRA and FCA have both warned major banks and insurers to cease links with Libor, as part of a push to meet a 2021 deadline of moving away from the benchmark


16/01/2020

AMICE is supporting proposals to increase the thresholds at which Solvency II applies to small insurers, the application of an appropriately calibrated regime for medium-sized insurers, and any work to ensure that the principle of proportionality works consistently in practice


16/01/2020

Insurers’ commitment to carbon divestment won favour with activist groups in 2019, with AXA, Allianz, Swiss Re and SCOR all on SIGWATCH’s annual rankings of the brands most praised by NGOs


15/01/2020

Finnish pension insurance company Veritas has appointed Kari Vatanen as its new chief investment officer, who joins from Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company


15/01/2020

BlackRock is making sustainability integral to the way it manages risk, constructs portfolios, designs products and engages with companies, and is cementing it as its new standard for investing


15/01/2020

The 10 largest German life insurers have reduced their bonus rates for policyholders (not including bonuses paid out at maturity) for 2020 by approximately 20 basis points to 2.1% from 2.3% on average, a credit positive move due to combat the effect of falling interest rates over 2019 on capitalisation


14/012020

Balance sheets of Dutch insurers are showing an increase in investments towards mortgages and derivatives


14/01/2020

Life insurers' Solvency II ratios could be impacted by more than 100 percentage points, as the industry gears up for the 2020 review of the European regulation, according to S&P Global Ratings


13/01/2020

The Asset Management Exchange (AMX) has announced the appointment of Kerrie Mitchener-Nissen as head of product


13/01/2020

The total gross premiums of the Hong Kong insurance industry increased by 5.2% to HK$514,538m in 2018, according to latest figures released by the Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA)


13/01/2020

Belgian insurer, Ageas, has issued a Restricted Tier 1 subordinated instrument which has offset the negative impact of 12% on the group’s solvency ratio caused by the financial impact of the tender offer for the FRESH securities


13/01/2020

Royal London has signed up to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) as part of its commitment to being a responsible investor


13/01/2020

EIOPA has published the technical specifications for the Market and Credit Risk Comparative Study (MCRCS) YE2019


10/01/2020

Almost a third (30 per cent) of investment managers are still not considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across all asset classes, LCP’s has revealed


10/01/2020

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has appointed Aileen Mathieson as its new global head of insurance following the retirement of Stephen Acheson


09/01/2019

Brazil’s reinsurance sector outlook has continued to be held at negative by AM Best, due predominantly to macroeconomic instability and a declining interest rate environment that has led to lower investment income


09/01/2020

A new record was set in 2019 for the volume of sustainable debt issued globally in any one year, with the total hitting $465bn globally, up 78% from $261.4bn in 2018


08/01/2020

Coface North America Insurance Company has announced the selection of Clearwater Analytics’ SaaS solution for investment data aggregation, reconciliation, accounting, and reporting


07/01/2020

Danish insurer, Gefion Insurance, has complied with the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority’s (DFSA) order to have liquid assets of at least €5m by end of December 2019 towards the end of February 2020, following further investment from shareholders


07/01/2020

Road Safety Authority (RSA) chief exec Moyagh Murdock has been appointed chief executive of Insurance Ireland and will take up her role at the end of March 2020


07/01/2020

American Financial Group has announced that it plans to exit the Lloyd’s of London insurance market in 2020


06/01/2020

Prudential Vietnam, a subsidiary of Prudential, and Southeast Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank (SeABank – Vietnam) have entered into an exclusive bancassurance partnership with a 20-year term


06/01/2020

Specialist global insurer Hiscox has today announced the appointment of James Millard as its new chief investment officer for the group


06/01/2020

Premiums written in the non-life insurance segment in Poland jumped by 7% in 2018 and by 3% in H1 2019, and is expected to top PLN 42bn by year-end 2019, according to a report


06/01/2020

ABI director of regulation Hugh Savill is to retire in October


03/01/2020

ReAssure Group has agreed to acquire Quilter’s insurance and pensions operations Old Mutual Wealth Life Assurance Limited and Old Mutual Wealth Pensions Trustees Limited for a total of £445m


03/01/2019

The French life insurance market recorded positive net inflows in November 2019 of €1.2bn


03/01/2020

Regulators in China are intensifying efforts to offload the assets of scandal-hit Dajia Insurance by looking to sell its stake in a major Chinese bank


02/01/2020

The outstanding amount of French insurance companies’ financial investments, at the end of June 2019, increased by €52bn to reach €2,642bn as a result of the rise in assets prices: +€34bn including €24bn on debt securities


02/01/2020

The removal of a cap on foreign ownership in Chinese life insurers will spur international insurers to expand in the segment, Fitch Ratings has said


02/01/2020

Allianz has completed the planned acquisition of the remaining 51% of LV General Insurance Group (LV GIG) from Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LVFS). The total consideration by Allianz for 100% of LV GIG will be up to £1,078bn


02/01/2020

High-quality accounting standards support long-term investment by giving accurate and timely information about financial performance, trends and risks as well as visibility of short-term economic volatility, chair of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) Hans Hoogervorst has said


02/01/2020

The Hartford insurance company has announced a new policy restricting tar sands and coal insurance and investing


20/12/2019

Chancellor, Sajid Javid, has today announced that FCA head, Andrew Bailey, will become the new Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) from 16 March 2020


17/12/2019

The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has fined Baloise Belgium €250,000


17/12/2019

EIOPA has published a report on insurers' asset and liability management in relation to the illiquidity of their liabilities


17/12/2019

The average SCR ratio of (re)insurance undertakings across Europe using long-term guarantees (LTG) measures and measures on equity risk is 235%, but would drop to 159% if the measures were not applied, new research published by EIOPA has revealed


16/12/2019

The Sustainable Investment Summit for 2020 has been launched


16/12/2019

Insurers’ confidence in achieving their expected returns has fallen for the second successive year, with only half optimistic they will meet their investment goals, Schroders Institutional Investor Study 2019 has revealed


16/12/2019

Eight National Competent Authorities (NCAs) set capital add-ons to 21 solo undertakings in 2018, out of 2819 (re)insurance undertakings under the Solvency II Directive in the EEA, according to EIOPA


16/12/2019

Liberty Mutual has announced a new policy that restricts coal insurance and investing


13/12/2019

The ABI has said it is committed to working with the new government, but warned there are urgent challenges ahead particularly around investing in the changes necessary to tackle climate change


12/12/2019

Australia’s general insurance sector has had a tough year with profits falling 12% to $4.4bn in the 12 months to 30 June 2019, reversing the trend of the last two years, according to KPMG Australia’s annual General Insurance Industry Review


12/12/2019

Monument Re has announced that subject to regulatory approval it has acquired Cattolica Life DAC from Cattolica Assicurazioni


12/12/2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has decided to defer discussions on the effective date of IFRS 17 until the extent and complexity of all amendments has been determined, expected end of February 2020, and to significantly broaden the scope around reinsurance contracts


11/12/2019

Three international regulatory authorities have been approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as Reciprocal Jurisdictions


10/12/2019

US insurance industry M&A deals totalled $4.17bn in Q3 2019


10/12/2019

Finnish pensions insurer, Varma, has established an ETF that invests in the US and takes sustainability criteria broadly into account


10/12/2019

Lloyd’s of London has secured £300m of senior debt to fund a series of phased deliveries beginning in 2020 to implement a revised governance, oversight and funding framework


10/12/2019

The outlook for the global life insurance sector is stable, reflecting insurers’ solid regulatory capital and relatively conservative investment portfolios, and their efforts to adapt their products to a low interest rate environment, Moody’s Investors Service has said


09/12/2019

Global specialty insurer and reinsurer Brit has launched a new Lloyd’s of London focused insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund, Sussex Specialty Insurance Fund (SIF)


09/12/2019

Willis Towers Watson has launched ResQ Financial Reporter, an out-of-the-box software solution designed to help P&C insurers implement IFRS 17


06/12/2019

Pensions Insurance Corporation (PIC) has invested £250m in debt issued by the City of London Corporation for a programme of projects in the Greater London area


06/12/2019

The sector outlook for the Brazilian insurance industry remains stable reflecting the view that the sector is well developed and will maintain its credit metrics at its current favourable level through 2020


06/12/2019

The board of Phoenix Group Holdings has announced the proposed acquisition of ReAssure Group for £3.2bn


05/12/2019

Coface has received authorisation from the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (ACPR) to use the group’s partial internal model for calculating its regulatory capital requirement under the SII Directive as soon as at 31 December 2019


05/12/2019

The life and non-life segments of the Chilean insurance market face a challenging 2020, Fitch Ratings has said


05/12/2019

The fundamental sector outlook for the US life insurance industry has been revised from stable to negative, according to Fitch Ratings


05/12/2019

The 2020 outlook for the global asset management sector is stable, reflecting high profit margins, manageable debt burdens, and sustained risk appetite among investors, Moody’s Investors Service said


04/12/2019

Europe’s largest insurers are set to maintain a financial leverage between 23% to 25% over the next 18 months


04/12/2019

French insurers and reinsurers held €61bn in green investments by the end of 2018, compared with €49bn in 2017


04/12/2019

Insurers are stating they have a “good understanding” of investment risks in their investment portfolios, despite most having a heavy reliance on ex-post risk metrics, new research has shown


04/12/2019

Institutional investors including insurance companies expect a global financial crisis to hit in the next five years and believe this environment will favour active management


03/12/2019

Aviva has announced the appointment of Amanda Blanc as an independent non-executive director of the company with effect from 2 January 2020


03/12/2019

Sri Lankan insurers' risk-based capitalisation (RBC) ratios have fallen with the adoption of new accounting standards for lease contracts; SLFRS 16, the local equivalent of IFRS 16, Fitch Ratings says


03/12/2019

Fitch Ratings’ sector outlook for the German non-life insurance market remains stable for 2020, reflecting its expectation that underwriting discipline will be maintained and that insurers will achieve further premium growth


03/12/2019

Fitch Ratings has maintained a stable sector outlook on the Dutch insurance market for 2020, despite a decline in government bond yields in 2019


02/12/2019

Italian insurer, Generali, is looking to make a formal bid for the European assets of MetLife, according to sources


02/12/2019

More than 93% of small and mid-sized insurers and 100% of large insurers are expected to show either strong or moderate interest in direct lending funds between now and 2020, according to Cerulli Associates


02/12/2019

The 2020 outlook for the Italian life and P&C insurance sectors is stable, reflecting robust earnings, moderate premium growth in P&C and a favourable shift in life new business mix, according to Moody’s


02/12/2019

The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates and spreads beyond Europe, the Unfriend Coal campaign’s third annual scorecard on the industry has revealed


29/11/2019

The winners of the Insurance Asset Management Awards 2019 were announced last night at a gala ceremony at The Waldorf Hilton, London


29/11/2019

The credit fundamentals of the Spanish insurance market are strong, with healthy profits in the life and non-life sectors, robust capitalisation, and sound reserving and investment practices, Fitch Ratings has said


27/11/2019

MS Amlin has announced a new operating model and senior leadership team as part of the recent reorganisation of its international businesses


27/11/2019

CNP Assurances has successfully launched its first subordinated green bond.


27/11/2019

The sector for the UK non-life insurance company market in 2020 is negative, reflecting high claims inflation and a weak pricing environment for home and motor insurance, Fitch Ratings has said


27/11/2019

AXA has put European coal companies on notice that they should publish plans to phase out coal that are compatible with the UN Paris climate agreement by 2021


26/11/2019

BNP Paribas has announced it is to cease all financing related to the thermal coal sector by 2030 in the European Union, and worldwide by 2040


25/11/2019

The US life/annuity industry increased its holdings in structured notes by one-third over a three-year period, with book adjusted/carrying value reaching $16bn in 2018, up from $12bn in 2015, according to AM Best


25/11/2019

RobecoSAM has announced the transfer of its ESG Ratings and ESG Benchmarking Businesses to S&P Global


25/11/2019

Fitch Ratings has kept its sector outlook for the Italian life insurance market at negative


25/11/2019

Fitch Ratings has revised its sector outlook for the German life insurance industry from stable to negative


25/11/2019

Eight-nine per cent of insurers globally say regulations are deterring them from investing in higher risk assets, according to Natixis Investment Managers


22/11/2019

Net inflows into the French life insurance market reached €1.9bn in October 2019, according to the latest figures from the French Insurance Federation


22/11/2019

Sun Life has announced a $293m annuity buy-out transaction with Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) to transfer a portion of its Canadian defined benefit (DB) pension obligations


22/11/2019

Chesnara, through its existing Netherlands-based closed book operation, the Waard Group, has agreed to acquire a portfolio of life insurance business in run-off from the Dutch branch of Belgian-owned Argenta Bank-en Verzekeringsgroep N.V. for €29.15m


22/11/2019

Penson insurance company, Varma, is developing its investment portfolio towards carbon neutrality by 2035 and investing in companies that mitigate the progression of climate change


21/11/2019

US state insurance regulators have announced that Team USA members have secured an agreement to advance critical US objectives as part of the International Association of Insurance Supervisor’s (IAIS) debate on the next phase of its Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) project


21/11/2019

Dutch insurer, a.s.r. is investing over €100m in the CBRE Pan European Core Fund, the next step in the diversification of its international real estate portfolio


21/11/2019

CNP Assurances has announced the intention to double its assets under management in green investments by 2023, as well as its acceleration of its coal exit policy


20/11/2019

The European insurance sector’s 2020 outlook has been classed as negative by Moody’s Investors Service, reflecting growing profitability and solvency pressures amid low interest rates, macroeconomic uncertainty, and rising ESG risk


20/11/2019

Global life insurers may seek to learn from their Japanese peers of how to preserve profitability amidst a low rate environment, according to a report published by Moody’s Investors Service


20/11/2019

Schroders has announced a commitment to integrating ESG across all its investments by 2020


20/11/2019

German insurer, Talanx, has signed up to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and thereby aligned itself with a framework for sustainable investment


20/11/2019

The general insurance market in Thailand is projected to grow from THB247.6bn (US$7.7bn) in 2018 to THB285.5bn (US$9.1bn) in 2023


20/11/2019

Aviva has set a new 12% Solvency II (SII) ROE target by 2022 as part of its strategy update, calculated as own funds generated divided by own funds


19/11/2019

Insurers and pension funds have a powerful role in mitigating the impact of climate change and must ‘act responsibly,’ according to EIOPA chairman, Gabriel Bernardino


19/11/2019

The UK’s life insurance market has seen the largest increase year-on-year in aggregate GWP growth of all EEA countries of 22% closely followed by Sweden and Portugal


19/11/2019

L&G is to launch a GBP-denominated benchmark Tier 2 subordinated debt issuance, taking advantage of current favourable market conditions


19/11/2019

Investec Asset Management has announced its new name and branding – Ninety One – which will take effect after the completion of the firm’s demerger from Investec Group


18/11/2019

Nippon Life Insurance Company has announced it has completed a partial Limited Partnership (LP) investment in Resolution Life Group Holdings L.P


18/11/2019

Whilst there is existing research and modelling available to measure the potential impact of climate change, these do not directly provide inputs to life insurance financial models, according to a new report published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)


15/11/2019

NN Group has announced an operating result of €453m in the third quarter of 2019, against the €463m it recorded in Q3 2018


15/11/2019

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has adopted a comprehensive set of reforms that will enable effective cross-border supervision of insurance groups and contribute to global financial stability


14/11/2019

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has outlined a set of new and ambitious targets for 2020-2022, as the group strives to keep innovating to meet its customer needs


14/11/2019

French insurance giant, AXA, is not doing enough to fill its commitments to exit the coal industry, according to a new report released by BankTrack and the Unfriend Coal campaign


14/11/2019

Rising US P/C insurance premiums are unlikely to lead into hard markets with pricing that generates sustainable adequate capital returns, according to Fitch Ratings


14/11/2019

Insurance markets continue to support resilience, with global premiums forecast to increase by 3% annually in real terms in 2020 and 2021, despite a slowing world economy


13/11/2019

Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has completed a third pension risk transfer transaction for a pension scheme sponsored by Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE), converting a pensioner longevity swap held by the Scottish Hydro Electric Pension Scheme (SHEPS) into a £750m buy-in


12/11/2019

The Talanx Group has reported it remains on course to meet its annual targets and announced a 52% year-on-year rise for its net income for the third quarter of 2019


12/11/2019

Half of European insurers, representing over 95% of investment assets, are looking to increase illiquid assets by between 2% and 15% of their funds, according to a new report from AM Best


12/11/2019

Capitalisation continues to be a strength for the US P/C insurance sector as measured by Prism, Fitch Ratings’ proprietary capital model


11/11/2019

The insurance industry must seize the ‘$30trn investment opportunity’ to address climate change, according to Legal and General Group CEO, Nigel Wilson


08/11/2019

Lloyd’s has announced its decision to merge the Council and the Franchise Board, effective from 1 June 2020, after receiving widespread support from across the market


07/11/2019

Given that insurers have large and diversified investment portfolios, performing the sustainability assessment in the current taxonomy is complex and may lead to inconsistent results across different investors, Insurance Europe has argued, and therefore a reliable assessment should be made directly by investee companies instead


07/11/2019

Non-life insurance premiums in Luxembourg rose by 203.49% over the first nine months of 2019, significantly impacted by the fallout from the approval of companies that chose the country as a place of installation following the UK’s decision to leave the EU


05/11/2019

Prudential Financial has reported its net income was $1.418bn for the third quarter of 2019, a fall from the $1.672bn it recorded over the same quarter in 2018


05/11/2019

More than half of the largest 30 European non-life insurers for 2018 and 2017 have solvency ratios above 200%, according to AM Best


05/11/2019

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has outlined that it is focusing on reserving adequacy, governance and controls for general insurance firms over the coming year


04/11/2019

Institutional investments in liquid alternative ETFs will more than double in the next year, according to new research from Greenwich Associates


04/11/2019

The Baloise Group has announced it is acquiring the non-life insurance portfolio of Athora Belgium for €60m


01/11/2019

AIG has announced its net investment income has risen by 0.4% in the third quarter of 2019 to $3.4bn


01/11/2019

The Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution (ACPR) has been encouraged to begin field testing on additional reporting and improved monitoring of liquidity risk for the French insurance market


01/11/2019

EIOPA has published the responses from national competent authorities to the Recommendations for the insurance sector in light of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union, a paper released earlier this year


01/11/2019

Germany’s financial regulator has urged major asset owners to protest against the European Central Bank’s (ECB) ultra-low interest rate policy


31/10/2019

DWS Group has announced a new research paper on how insurance companies, in their search for value, are increasingly turning to customised passive mandates rather than just ETFs


31/10/2019

Swedish non-life and life insurance premium income has increased by about 50% during the past ten years, according to a report published by Insurance Sweden


31/10/2019

MetLife has seen its net investment income rise by 3% to $4.6bn in the three months ended 30 September 2019 compared to a year earlier, driven by favourable changes in the estimated fair value of certain securities which do not qualify as corporate accounts under GAAP


30/10/2019

Insurance stress testing must not be used as a parallel to SII and should not be designed or used in a manner which leads to an amplification of capital requirements, Insurance Europe has said


30/10/2019

Three in five people believe that financial institutions and banks should no longer invest in fossil fuels (59%) and that they should be legally accountable if they choose to do so (60%), according to ClientEarth’s Climate Snapshot 2019


30/10/2019

LV= GI has today appointed Jon Mansley to the newly created role of sales and marketing director


29/10/2019

Insurance Europe, along with CFO and CRO Fora, has published a joint response to a consultation by EIOPA on its proposals for the Solvency II 2020 review package on supervisory reporting and public disclosure


28/10/2019

The upcoming Solvency II (SII) review "should not lead, all other things being equal, to increased capital requirements on the European insurance sector", Banque de France governor and chairman of the French Prudential Supervisory and Resolution Authority (ACPR) Villeroy de Galhau has said


28/10/2019

Insurance “is a safe refuge in an uncertain world”, BaFin president Felix Hufeld has said


28/10/2019

Insurance Ireland has announced the appointment of Gerry Hassett as interim CEO, effective from 1 November 2019


2810/2019

Risk exposures for the European insurance sector have remained broadly stable for October, but macro and market risks continue at a high level, according to EIOPA


25/10/2019

AXA has announced it has entered into an agreement with Crelan Bank to sell its Belgian banking operations, AXA Bank Belgium


25/10/2019

Net inflows for French life insurance amounted to €2.9bn in September 2019


25/10/2019

Life and non-life investments managed by Italian insurance companies amounted to €733bn in June 2019, up 6.4% compared to the same period of 2018


24/10/2019

Aegon has announced it is exercising its right to redeem the $1bn perpetual capital securities with a coupon of 6.375% issued in 2005


24/10/2019

Capital controls imposed by Argentina’s government to combat economic instability could limit the growth prospects and business opportunities for domestic insurance companies, according to a new AM Best commentary


23/10/2019

Beazley, the specialist insurer, is making a strategic investment in Hong Kong-based coverholder, Pegasus Underwriting Limited, which will see Beazley become a 30% shareholder in Pegasus


23/10/2019

AG2R La Mondiale, the multinational insurance firm, has obtained a historical interest rate of 4.375%, the lowest recorded rate to date on the issue by a European insurer on securities


23/10/2019

Fifty-one per cent of insurance executives expect their investments in real assets to increase over the next 12 months, according to Aviva Investors’ 2020 Real Assets Survey


22/10/2019

Clearwater Analytics has announced the launch of a new platform connection in partnership with Goldman Sachs


22/10/2019

Fifteen Greenpeace activists have been peacefully protesting at a key reinsurance meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany, to expose the role of the reinsurance market in the climate emergency


22/10/2019

EIOPA is launching a call for research proposals aiming at addressing open questions related to topics such as investment allocations of insurers and pension funds, liquidity stress testing in the insurance sector and early warning systems


22/10/2019

Bermuda (re)insurers returned to underwriting profits in 2018 and saw moderate net income improvement despite above-average catastrophe losses, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings


16/10/2019

The FCA has published a feedback statement on green financial products and services, setting out its proposals to improve climate change disclosures by issuers, as well as information to consumers


16/10/2019

AXIS Capital has today announced a new policy addressing thermal coal and oil sands-related underwriting and investments


15/10/2019

EIOPA has launched a public consultation on an Opinion that sets out technical advice for the 2020 review of Solvency II


15/10/2019

MAPFRE's asset management company, MAPFRE AM, has been listed in the ‘Avant Gardist’ category of the Hirschel and Kramer (H&K) Responsible Investment Brand Index (RIBI), which identifies the European firms in the sector who are most committed to socially responsible investment


15/10/2019

World insurance leaders have united to launch the first industry guide aimed at protecting the world’s most priceless and irreplaceable assets


11/10/2019

The PRA is proposing to expand its expectation that insurers will deduct the maximum tax charge generated on write down, when including externally issued rT1 instruments in their own funds, to reflect the maximum tax charge that could be generated on conversion of such items into ordinary shares


11/10/2019

Danish insurance company, Gefion Insurance, has closed the placement of SII-compliant subordinated notes in the aggregate principal amount of €6m with funds managed by Fermat Capital Management


11/10/2019

French life insurers’ reported SII ratios have declined in the first nine months of 2019 because of falling interest rates, reflecting pressure on future profits if rates do not increase, Moody’s Investors Service has said


11/10/2019

Total insurance industry M&A deals in August 2019 worth $4.04bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database


09/10/2019

EIOPA has launched today- as part of the 2020 Solvency II reporting and disclosure review – a field test on the revised and newly proposed templates


08/10/2019

Insurers must increase the quantity and quality of climate-related disclosures; refine disclosure metrics to determine which ones are most decision-useful; spread knowledge on how to assess strategic resilience and consider how to disclose the extent to which portfolios are ready for the transition to net zero, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has stated


08/10/2019

Florence Lustman has taken up her position as president, a position to which she was unanimously elected by the French Insurance Federation’s general meeting on 18 June last year


08/10/2019

Mapfre, through its asset-management company, Mapfre AM, has finalised a strategic alliance with Boyar Asset Management, to boost its analytical capabilities in US equities


07/10/2019

Munich Re has invested $250m in US start-up Next Insurance


07/10/2019

Green and sustainability bond issuance by insurers may continue to grow, according to AM Best


07/10/2019

The US life insurance industry is well capitalised with a median RBC ratio of 447%, however, applying a rating migration stress lowers the median RBC ratio by 69 points (15% decline), to 378%, according to Moody’s Investors Service


04/10/2019

US direct written premiums in 2018 rose by 40.7% from levels recorded in 2009, according to latest data published by the NAIC on P&C insurance companies


04/10/2019

Insurers have relatively sustainable equity holdings, and are on average investing less in carbon-intensive sectors, Dutch regulator DeNederlandsche Bank (DNB) has said


04/10/2019

Everest Insurance Ireland, DAC (EIID) has announced that its UK branch is fully operational


03/10/2019

Canopius Group has completed the merger of AmTrust at Lloyds


03/10/2019

The ABI has appointed Julian Adams, director, public policy and regulation at M&G, holding company of the Prudential Assurance Company, as deputy chair


03/10/2019

Tokio Marine Holdings has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Privilege Underwriters, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Pure Group”), a US insurance group specialised in the US High Net Worth insurance market for $3.1bn


03/10/2019

Lloyds insurer, Axis Capital, has become the latest insurer to withdraw support for the Adani Group’s plans to develop the giant Carmichael coal mine in Australia


02/10/2019

The European insurance industry’s investment portfolio remained broadly stable with 2017, with €10.3trn invested in bonds, company shares and other assets on behalf of millions of life and non-life insurance customers, making it the largest institutional investor in the EU


02/10/2019

Total life benefits paid in Europe increased by 2.6% to €705bn in 2018, equal to €1,186 per capita, partially due to a surge in life benefits paid in the UK


02/10/2019

Total European insurance direct gross written premiums amounted to €1,311bn in 2018, up 6.2% on 2017


02/10/2019

EIOPA has published an Opinion on Sustainability and Solvency II outlining how (re)insurers can contribute to identifying, measuring and managing risks arising from climate change, through their investment and underwriting activities


02/10/2019

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed Michael Meehan as its new chair


01/10/2019

Viridium Group has sold a real estate portfolio, comprising 49 office, residential and retail properties in seven German cities including Berlin and Frankfurt, to investment company Commerz Real for an undisclosed sum.


30/09/2019

Rothesay Life and Prudential have confirmed they will appeal against the UK High Court’s decision to block a £12 billion annuity transfer deal that would have involved 400,000 pension scheme members.


30/09/2019

Insurance Europe and AMICE have issued a joint call for the EC to improve Solvency II proportionality rules to ensure that insurers are not disproportionately burdened by the regulatory framework


28/09/2019

German primary insurers increased their infrastructure investments in 2018 by almost a third to €32bn, figures published by the German Insurance Association (GDV) have shown


27/09/2019

Rothesay Life has unveiled the UK’s largest pension scheme transfer deal, a bulk annuity deal worth £4.7 billion, with the telecoms firm telent. Rothesay Life will now be responsible for paying pensions to about 28,000 pensioners and 11,000 deferred members of the GEC 1972 Plan. It has also signed a £3.8 billion deal for a buy-in of Allied Domecq’s Pension Fund.


25/09/2019

M&G has said it expects its demerger from Prudential, and subsequent listing in London, will occur no later than 21 October


25/09/2019

Hymans Robertson has appointed Daniel Becker to the role of insurance investment lead within its life & financial services practice


25/09/2019

Global insurance associations are calling for a delay to IFRS 17 so improvements can be made


24/09/2019

Zurich Insurance Group is taking new steps to address climate change after its latest assessment shows the world is still not on course to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement


24/09/2019

The world needs much more investment in infrastructure, and greater risk sharing of climate risks, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, with insurers having a unique ability to meet both needs


24/09/2019

The PRA has been asked to clarify its expectations on the definition of risk limits within an insurer’s liquidity risk appetite framework and the role of the board in managing liquidity risks


24/09/2019

The PRA has today published a supervisory statement on liquidity risk management for insurers, particularly focusing on the development and maintenance of proper policies; the identification of material liquidity risk drivers, effective contingency planning and considerations for the inclusion of highly liquid assets in the liquidity buffer


23/09/2019

Royal London has announced that the PRA has approved its group and solo partial internal model application under Solvency II


23/09/2019

DWS has announced the appointment of Peter McGloughlin as head of UK & Ireland Insurance


23/09/2019

US multinational, Travelers Insurance Company, has received approval to transfer its European business to Dublin


20/09/2019

A large group of financial industry associations – including Insurance Europe – has raised serious concerns in a joint letter to the EC regarding the current application timeline for new EU disclosure rules for sustainable investments and sustainability risks


20/09/2019

Groupama Group, Crédit Agricole Assurances and Banque des Territoires have signed an agreement under which Banque des Territoires and Groupama will enter the capital of Predica Energies Durables (PED), Crédit Agricole Assurances’ dedicated subsidiary for investments in renewable energy production assets alongside Engie, the French market leader for solar and wind power generation


20/09/2019

Brit Re is to expand its reinsurance portfolio in 2020 after receiving a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and a stable outlook from AM Best


19/09/2019

Finnish insurer, Varma, has invested €200m in the ETF it has developed together with LGIM and index investment company Foxberry


19/09/2019

French insurers are currently relying on non-life to mitigate the pressure on their life results, according to latest analysis


19/09/2019

Taiwan’s life insurers are likely to speed up activities to top up capital and adjust their product mixes following recent draft changes to capital adequacy retirements, Fitch Ratings has said


19/09/2019

Hong Kong-listed Chinese life insurers net profits have risen strongly by 50%-130% yoy in H119 due mainly to higher investment income from invested-asset growth


18/09/2019

Active managers recognise the importance of benchmark data to their business, but asset management executives think they can and should be deriving even more value from index providers’ vast databases and analytic expertise, according to a new study from Greenwich Associates gauging the perception of index providers by active investment managers


18/09/2019

Lloyd’s has recorded a profit before tax for the first six months of 2019 of £2.3bn (June 2018: £0.6bn), underpinned by a combined ratio of 98.8% and investment income of £2.3bn, as the market benefited from unrealised gains due to reducing US and UK bond yields as well as robust returns from equities in the first six months of 2019


18/09/2019

The PRA has today set out its proposed expectations for investment firms in accordance with the Prudent Person Principle (PPP) relating to a firm’s investment strategy, investment risk management and governance system


17/09/2019

Assets managed in Europe amounted to €23.1trn in 2018, an increase of 71% since end-2007, with insurance companies having a share of 25% of total European AUM, according to EFAMA


16/09/2019

The European Commission’s technical expert group’s (TEG) proposal for the usability of the EU environmental taxonomy should be made more useful for insurers’ investment decisions in different asset classes, especially public equity, corporate bonds and government bonds


16/09/2019

Former Insurance Ireland CEO Kevin Thompson has been appointed CEO of RSA Ireland, after being approved by the regulator Central Bank of Ireland


16/09/2019

Generali Group has announced a buyback offer for three series of subordinated notes for an amount up to €1bn with first call dates in 2022


12/09/2019

The Superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance testified today on behalf of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) before the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affaira, outlining concerns of state insurance regulators in the development of an Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) and a holistic framework for systemic risk in the insurance sector


12/09/2019

The median return on investment in the European insurance sector decreased significantly in 2017 to just 1.95%, compared to 2.83% in 2016, according to a report published by the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)


12/09/2019

UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) is carrying out the first research study on the risks of plastic pollution, marine plastic litter and microplastics to the insurance industry in its roles as risk managers, insurers and investors


11/09/2019

The reinsurance market has stabilised after a difficult period marked by declining profitability, lower return-on-equity (ROE) and significant natural catastrophes, the industry has said


11/09/2019

A joint call for further improvements to be made to IFRS 17 has been issued by Insurance Europe and CFO Forum


11/09/2019

Legal & General (L&G) has announced a £35m buyout for the US owned law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s UK pension scheme


10/09/2019

AM Best is maintaining its negative outlook on the China non-life sector, owing to persistent pressure on the motor business, execution risks as the market turns toward a non-motor-focused business model and the industry’s dependence on investment returns to support earnings


10/09/2019

Rothesay Life has written £3.7bn of new pension bulk annuity business in H2 2019, and year-to-date new business is totalling around £4.4bn


10/09/2019

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is to expand its suite of impact investment portfolios by launching a private market strategy focusing on opportunities that address the basic needs of emerging consumers across regions including Latin America, South and South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa


09/09/2019

Polish insurer, PZU, recorded a return on equity in H1 2019 of 20.3%, nearly twice as high as the average ROE for other European insurance companies


09/09/2019

Swedish insurance company, Folksam, is setting a new goal of increasing its real estate investments by another SEK 20bn, having previously communicated an expansion target of SEK 10bn for property holdings


09/09/2019

The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) has invited public comment on a proposal to establish capital requirements for certain insurance companies supervised by the Board


06/09/2019

AM Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ and the long-term issuer credit ratings of bbb+ of ERGO Insurance Pte. Ltd. (ERGO Insurance)(Singapore)


06/09/2019

Romanian insurance companies collected gross premiums amounting to almost RON 5.44bn (€1.15bn) in H1 2019, up 7.8% over the same period of 2018, according to a report published by the Financial Supervisory Authority


06/09/2019

Direct Line Insurance Group will no longer form part of the elite roster of FTSE 100 firms from 23 September, according to FTSE Russell


04/09/2019

Total reinsurance capital at H1 2019 has increased by 8%, driven by strong investment markets, Willis Re has said


04/09/2019

Mapfre, the third largest insurer in Spain and Latin America, has signed a strategic deal with Abanate Asesores, to create an independent platform for financial advisory services and the distribution of the most competitive products in the Spanish market


04/09/2019

SCOR has today unveiled its ‘Quantum Leap’ strategy, which aims to pursue strong growth of around 4% to 7% per year


03/09/2019

The outlook for the global reinsurance sector in 2020 is stable, Fitch Ratings has said


03/09/2019

Polish insurer PZU is “risking its business, reputation, and the health of tens of thousands of people across Poland’s southern border on a coal project dismissed by its competitors”, according to civil society organisations


03/09/2019

French life insurance net inflows amounted to €1.6bn for the month of July 2019, according to the Fédération Française de l’Assurance


03/09/2019

The PRA has today issued proposals designed to assist parties in better understanding the regulator’s approach and expectations in relation to the authorisation and supervision of insurance special purpose vehicles (ISPVs), consistent with Solvency II requirements


02/09/2019

As much as £61bn of insurance business is shifting to rival financial centres in the EU, due to Brexit


02/09/2019

The Personal Finance Society has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the think Tank for Chinese Insurers (TTCI) and the Peking University to build a professional standards framework


29/08/2019

Over 109,000 petition-signers and protestors have descended on the Australian offices of insurer, AIG, demanding that the company backs out of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine


29/08/2019

Operating results of Italian insurers remained strong in H119 as non-life technical margins were supported by stable prices in motor and by lower claims frequency that more than offset higher weather-related claims compared with H118


28/08/2019

Chinese insurer, Ping An, has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the first Chinese asset owner to participate in the initiative


28/08/2019

Insurance market activity in Luxembourg continues its “strong growth” in Q2 2019 with premiums increasing by 53.8% compared to the same period last year, the Commissariat Aux Assurances has said


28/08/2019

Insurance Europe and the Pan-European Insurance Forum (PEIF) have written to European Commission (EC) vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, to stress the need for a global level playing field for all internationally active insurance groups and all participating jurisdictions in the monitoring period of ICS 2.0


27/08/2019

South Korea’s non-life insurers are in a better position than their life counterparts to weather the impact of the IFRS 17 accounting standard and K-Insurance Capital Standard (K-ICS) solvency regime when they take effect, AM Best has said


27/08/2019

Total income in the US life/annuity industry essentially remained flat in the first half of 2019, dropping slightly to $422.4bn compared with $424.6bn in the same prior-year period


27/08/2019

UK life insurers seeking to reduce their exposure to annuity risks by offloading portfolios to other insurers may have to rethink their plans as a result of the High Court’s decision in August to block Prudential Assurance Company’s proposed £12bn transfer to Rothesay Life, Fitch Ratings has said


27/08/2019

Insurance premiums written in Finland increased by 3% to a total of €23.6bn between 2017 and 2018


27/08/2019

Gross written premiums of insurance companies in the Republic of Croatia at the end of 2018 amounted to €1.329.306.989, a rise of 8.8% from the previous year, of which non-life insurance premiums accounted for €906.573.735 or 68.2% (+9.9%), while life insurance premium was €422.733.254 or 31.8% (+ 6.6%)


22/08/2019

Assets placed in Swiss investment funds in July increased by CHF 18.4bn, or 1.6%, according to data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar


22/08/2019

The largest French insurers conducting business in the UK “have made good headway” in implementing their continuity plans in the face of Brexit, the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority has said


21/08/2019

IFRS 17 should be implemented without further delay by 2022, and any proposed changes to the regulations should only be taken into account if they are essential for the modelling of the business model and can be implemented in the given timeframe, German trade body, GDV, has argued


21/08/2019

Everest Insurance has announced the appointment of Kyle Adams to lead the Everest Insurance Bermuda operations


21/08/2019

A greater focus by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) on potentially systemic activities of the insurance sector as a whole is warranted, Insurance Europe has argued


21/08/2019

Below-average catastrophe losses in H1 2019 boosted non-life reinsurers’ underwriting profitability, offsetting mixed results for life reinsurers, according to Fitch Ratings


20/08/2019

Assets of Dutch investment funds have reached a new all-time high of €924m, due to two quarters of continuous positive returns on equity investments, according to the Dutch regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


20/08/2019

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published its draft response to IASB ED/2019/4 amendments to IFRS 17, broadly agreeing with proposals but underlying concerns around the element addressing accounting mismatches between “reinsurance contracts held and onerous underlying insurance contracts”


20/08/2019

Finnish insurer, Varma, has recorded its most profitable first half of the year in 20 years with a return on investments of 6.9% or €3bn


20/08/2019

Avid Insurance Services has sold a majority stake to Beech Tree Private Equity (BTPE)


19/08/2019

RBC Capital Markets lowered its target price for shares in Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) from 210p to 205p, highlighting that institutional net flows tended to be driven by the firm’s three-year track record, which remains weak


19/08/2019

The estimated financial impact of the Ogden rate change on insurers has so far reached over £160m, with those insurers that have reported their interim results for H1 2019 incurring hits of varying sizes


19/08/2019

Florida-based insurance broker Brown & Brown announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of CKP Insurance


16/08/2019

Recent activity in Bermuda relating to regulatory assignment of capital credit for certain securities raises questions given certain conflicting language between the debt offering documents and Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) Tier 3 regulatory requirements, Fitch Ratings has said


16/08/2019

American International Group (AIG) has announced that Richard Olsen will join the company as chief actuary, GI, effective immediately


15/08/2019

Aegon Netherlands has seen its estimated Solvency II ratio in the Netherlands decrease to 152% on 30 June 2019 from 181% on 31 December 2018, mainly driven by adverse market impacts


14/08/2019

Alternative insurance products such as “parametric solutions that use an index-based trigger on windspeed, rainfall, the burned area or even smoke haze” could assist governments, businesses and individuals to deal with the increased operational costs associated with climate trends, Swiss Re’s head of Australia and New Zealand Mark Senkevicks has said


14/08/2019

Prudential has today announced that M&GPrudential intends to list its shares under the name M&G plc when it demerges from Prudential plc later this year


14/08/2019

The deal value of M&A activity in the insurance world totalled more than $20bn through the first half of 2019, according to S&P Global Ratings


13/08/2019

Insurance brokers Aon and Marsh are being called to retract their advisory roles in the proposed $2.6bn Vietnamese coal-fired power station, which has been linked to “excessive” environmental, health and human rights impacts


13/08/2019

Premiums in the Italian life and non-life business amounted to €37.7bn, slightly up
(0.8%) compared to 2018, according to IVASS


13/08/2019

Sun Life has become the first life insurance company globally to offer a sustainability bond


12/08/2019

Prudential Insurance Company of America (PICA) and the HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Scheme have agreed to a £7bn longevity swap, advised by Aon


12/08/2019

David Knibbe is to succeed Lard Friese as CEO of NN Group[


12/08/2019

Financial institutions’ leveraged loan and CLO exposures are manageable to sector capital but risks may rise sharply in a stress, Fitch Ratings has said in a new report


09/08/2019

Italy’s Cattolica Assicurazioni has presented a non-binding offer for the life insurance business of UBI Banca, chief executive Alberto Minali said.


09/08/2019

Pictet Asset Management has added a new fixed income strategy to its $10bn actively managed total return franchise in the form of the Pictet TR-Sirius fund


09/08/2019

Life insurer, Rothesay Life, has agreed a £520m buy-in with the Cadbury Mondelēz Pension Fund


08/08/2019

Aviva has delivered strong general insurance results with a combined ratio of 95.9%


08/08/2019

A global coalition of 32 environmental, indigenous and citizen groups is calling on insurance companies listed on the insurance certificate for the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline to drop their policies ahead of the 31 August renewal deadline


07/08/2019

Phoenix Group has seen strong cash generation of £287m in H1 2019 and expects to be towards the upper end of its cash generation target range of £600m to £700m for full year 2019


07/08/2019

Former DWS CEO, Nicolas Moreau, has been appointed as the new CEO of HSBC Global Asset Management


07/08/2019

Legal & General’s SII coverage ratio has fallen from 188% to 171% between FY 2018 and H1 2019, according to latest figures, with the insurer attributing the impact to discounting the balance sheet at lower interest rates


06/08/2019

LV= has seen its profit before tax from continuing operations hit £35m for HY2019 up from £12m in HY2018, despite life business PVNBP sales taking a £260m hit in the same period


06/08/2019

The Prudential Insurance Company of America is to insure around £7bn of pensioner liabilities for The HSBC Bank (UK) pension scheme


06/08/2019

Insurers stand to lose business in the short term from their anti-coal stance, but the long-term benefits to the industry could be considerable, data and analytics company, GlobalData, has said


05/08/2019

A degree of positive correlation exists between AM Best’s proprietary capital model – Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) and Solvency II’s quantitative risk-based assessment of capitalisation, with those companies attaining higher BCAR scores generally also having better Solvency II SCR coverage


05/08/2019

Over 90 per cent of insurers based in and serving the Irish market have solvency ratios that are at least 1.5 times the regulatory minimum, the Central Bank of Ireland has said


05/08/2019

Insurance company, ReAssure, has announced the acquisition of Quilter UK Heritage business for £425m, which will see 200,000 customers from Old Mutual Wealth Life Assurance and its subsidiary Old Mutual Wealth Pensions transfer to the life insurer


05/08/2019

Portugal’s Autoridade da Concorrência has applied a fine totalling more than €54m on insurance companies, board members and directors involved in the ‘insurer cartel’


02/08/2019

Insurance Ireland’s Kevin Thompson has advised the board that he is resigning his position as CEO to take up a senior role within the industry


02/08/2019

777 Re, a newly formed Bermuda-based reinsurance company, has announced the completion of a $307m annuity block reinsurance transaction with a US based insurance company


02/08/2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (Board) has published proposed narrow-scope amendments to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements and IFRS Practice Statement 2 Making Materiality Judgements to help companies provide useful accounting policy disclosures to users of financial statements