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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.

In its latest sigma, ‘Sustaining resilience amid slowing growth: global economic and insurance market outlook 2020/21’, Swiss Re Institute (SRI) forecasts US and euro area growth next year of 1.6% and 0.9%, respectively, below consensus. The main engine of the global economy, it said, will be emerging Asia, with near 6% growth in both India and China. The contribution of insurance to resilience will be greatest in this region as well. In China, non-life premiums are forecast to grow by 9% in 2020, and life premiums by 11%


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


02//08/2019

Completed M&A in the global insurance industry rose in H1 2019, with 222 completed deals worldwide, up from 196 in H2 2018


01/08/2019

RSA’s investment income fell from £160m to £154m in the year to H1 2019, offset by investment expenses of £7m (H1 2018: £7m) and the liability discount unwind of £16m (H1 2018: £17m)


01/08/2019

Generali’s group net profit stood at €1.8bn as at 30 June 2019, up 34.6% form a year earlier, according to its latest results


01/08/2019

The US insurance industry’s overall holdings of structured securities rose for a third straight year, by nearly 7% in 2018, and now top the $1trn mark, according to a new AM Best report


01/08/2019

The Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to maintain bank rate 0.75 per cent in its latest meeting


31/07/2019

Net inflows for French life insurers were €2.4bn in February 2019


31/07/2019

Direct Line’s total investment returns decreased by £19.7m to £75.7m in H1 2019 from H1 2018 due to a reduction in investment income, primarily as a result of lower assets under management, and a reduction in realised and unrealised gains excluding hedging


31/07/2019

The California Department of Insurance and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) have launched a year-long effort to develop a Sustainable Insurance Roadmap to confront California’s climate risks


31/07/2019

MAPFRE and Swiss Life France have invested €296.1m in nine buildings across Paris, adding to a joint investment fund which was setup last year with the aim of providing a 4% return paid per annum


30/07/2019

EIOPA should consider proportionality and flexibility in any potential sustainability requirements in Solvency II, Insurance Europe has argued


30/07/2019

Maiden Life & General has continued its growth drive into 2019 with news that Maiden General Försäkrings AB (Maiden General) has extended its passporting rights to include the Republic of Ireland


30/07/2019

Institutional investors, including insurers, are increasingly seeking secure, inflation-linked cashflows from investing in European long income property


29/07/2019

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has joined the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer


29/07/2019

Investment returns at Hiscox for the first six months of 2019 have hit $147.5m, up from $19.8m in 2018


29/07/2019

Britain is being urged to seek ‘equivalence’ based market access to the EU for the reinsurance market after Brexit, the London Market Group (LMG) has said


26/07/2019

Australian insurance giant, Suncorp, will no longer invest in, finance or insure new thermal coal mines and power plants, and will not underwrite any existing thermal coal projects after 2025


26/07/2019

Concerns have been raised about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on the Irish insurance sector


26/07/2019

The French insurance industry is facing a number of vulnerabilities stemming from concentrated exposures, mostly to parent banks


26/07/2019

Moody’s Corporation has acquired RiskFirst, a leading FinTech company providing risk analytic solutions for the asset management and pension communities


26/07/2019

Risk exposures for the European insurance sector are remaining overall stable, despite macro and market risks now at a high level due to a further decline in swap rates and lower returns on investments in 2018 which put strain on life insurers offering guaranteed rates


25/07/2019

AM Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the long-term issuer credit ratings of 'bbb+' of Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Company (Oklahoma, OK) and its wholly owned life insurance subsidiaries


25/07/2019

MAPFRE’s revenues during the first half of the year totalled €15.05bn, a 6.8% increase compared to the same period the previous year, thanks to the increase in premiums, which reached €12.53bn (+4.7%), and higher financial income


25/07/2019

Swiss insurance group Vaudoise Insurance Holding has acquired the Swiss consultancy firm Pittet Associates


25/07/2019

US insurers now have around $122bn in BACV exposure to CLOs, with the majority, or 77%, held by life insurance companies


25/07/2019

EIOPA has today presented the draft opinion on supervision of remuneration principles in the insurance and reinsurance sector


23/07/2019

Moody's has today affirmed the insurance financial strength (IFS) ratings of Aspen Insurance UK Limited and Aspen Bermuda Limited (collectively, Aspen), and the Baa1 senior unsecured debt rating and Baa3(hyb) preferred stock ratings of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited


23/07/2019

The proportion of firms highlighting Brexit as a key risk to solvency has nearly doubled over the last 12 months from 33% to 64%


23/07/2019

Beazley has recorded profit before tax of $166.4m for the period ended 30 June 2019, up from $57.5m a year earlier


23/07/2019

Former Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has been announced as the new Conservative leader, succeeding Theresa May


23/07/2019

After being dubbed as the favourite by many and winning today’s Tory leadership race, deVere Group CEO and founder Nigel Green claimed the pound will “not drop too much” or “for too long”


22/07/2019

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has called on cement and construction companies to take steps against cement, the source of 7 per cent of global man-made CO2 emissions



22/07/2019

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has set out in its latest consultation paper (CP) its proposed approach to the determination of the availability of subordinated liabilities and preference shares in group own funds, and its expectations of firms in presenting relevant analysis to the regulator


22/07/2019

Asset managers are beginning to regain some initiative after having control of the market taken away from them as a result of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in Q4 2012, according to Platforum research director Richard Bradley


19/07/2019

Schroders has increased its stake from 50.1 per cent to 100 per cent in Secquaero Advisers in a bid to bolster its private assets business


19/07/2019

Italian insurance giant Generali has agreed to acquire Portuguese insurer Seguradoras Unidas and a smaller service firm AdvanceCare in a transaction worth €600m


19/07/2019

Dutch asset manager PGGM has increased its interest in offshore windfarm Walney Offshore Windfarms, acquiring a further 9.9 per cent stake


19/07/2019

Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market value, jumped 9 per cent on Thursday, despite U.S. lawmakers’ and Trump’s recent criticisms of digital assets, with the U.S. president last week tweeting they were “based on thin air”


18/07/2019

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) is broadly supportive of latest proposed changes to IFRS 17, but has highlighted a number of concerns


18/07/2019

Ireland’s largest life and pension group, Irish Life, has exited the competition to acquire the Dublin-listed property group Green Reit, according to The Irish Times


18/07/2019

German life insurers paid out almost €79bn to customers, 2.5% higher than in the previous year, according to trade body, GDV


17/07/2019

AM Best has introduced enhancements to its Solvency II SFCR filings database and analysis system, Best’s Financial Suite – Solvency II


17/07/2019

The Executive Board of the French Insurance Federation has appointed three new vice-chairs


17/07/2019

The prudential treatment of equity investments should be among the “priority objectives” of the Solvency II Review, French regulator, ACPR, has said


16/07/2019

Four of France’s biggest financial associations have partnered up to attract international investors to Paris by launching a collective association called Invest Week Paris


16/07/2019

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has said some of the regulatory concerns around ETFs are misplaced, publishing a response to the European Central Bank’s (ECB) November 2018 findings


16/07/2019

The Dutch Association of Insurers and Insurance Ireland consider the current SII reporting framework disproportionate for non-complex small and medium-sized insurers


15/07/2019

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today issued a consultation proposing important changes to the UK’s Ethical and Auditing Standards


12/07/2019

PIC has announced its intention to raise further debt capital through a benchmark issue of GBP perpetual non-call 10 year Restricted Tier 1 contingent convertible notes in reg S registered format


12/07/2019

EIOPA has launched a consultation package on supervisory reporting and public disclosure in the context of its work linked with the 2020 Solvency II Review


11/07/2019

Allianz Insurance CEO Jon Dye has been named as the new chair of the Association of British Insurers (ABI)


11/07/2019

Swiss Re has announced the suspension of its previously communicated plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of ReAssure


11/07/2019

Nordea Liv & Pension Sweden has moved SEK 22bn (€2.1bn) from traditional investments to investments with a low-carbon footprint and strict sustainability requirements in its biggest shift in investment strategy ever


11/07/2019

Fifty pension funds, asset managers, insurers, banks and their umbrella organisations have committed to the Dutch government’s climate goals


10/07/2019

The Hungarian non-life insurance sector expanded more than 12% in 2018, while the life sector grew by 3.9%, according to the Association of Hungarian Insurance Companies (MABISZ)


10/07/2019

MAPFRE and China Re have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on insuring investments related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an infrastructure plan launched by the Chinese government in 2013 to connect China with the world’s major economies


10/07/2019

Dutch pension funds, asset managers, insurers and banks today signed a commitment to follow the government’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


09/07/2019

AXA UK has been condemned for its “financing of companies involved in the illegal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territory and the production of banned weapons”


09/07/2019

The first government bond index to adjust index weights based on each country’s preparedness and resilience to climate change risk has been launched by FTSE Russell


09/07/2019

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could play a significant role in reshaping the UK’s financial services sector post-Brexit, repairing the “unprecedented damage” inflicted on the UK as a result of the uncertainty, according to deVere CEO and founder Nigel Green


08/07/2019

Proposals by the Canadian Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) to limit the ability of insurers to use reinsurance would require firms operating in Canada to more than triple their current capital base


08/07/2019

Finance Finland (FFI), Insurance Sweden, Finance Norway and Insurance and Pension Denmark have agreed on shared high-level policies in three important insurance themes


08/07/2019

Gross premium income for all insurers based in Bulgaria as at 31 December 2018 amounted to BGN 2,470m, recording an increase of 14% on an annual basis


08/07/2019

During January to April 2019, the Albanian insurance market experienced an increase by 8.30% compared to January to April 2018


05/07/2019

Foresters Friendly Society (Foresters), the mutual insurance provider, has appointed AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) to manage a £175m multi-asset mandate on behalf of its members, with capacity for the mandate to grow to £300m in the medium-term


05/07/2019

AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A and the Long-Term ICR of a+ of QBE Europe nv/sa (Belgium), QBE UK Limited (United Kingdom), and all the pooled members of QBE North America Insurance Group, with the exception of National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company (NFU P&C) (Sun Prairire, WI)


04/07/2019

Global insurance premiums topped $5trn for the first time ever in 2018, with solid growth in non-life but a subdued performance in life, according to Swiss Re


04/07/2019

The implementation of a mechanism for monitoring and assessing the climate-related commitments taken by Paris financial centre institutions, has been announced by François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France, Chairman of the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution (ACPR), and Robert Ophèle, Chairman of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)


04/07/2019

The Internal Capital Standard’s (ICS) margin is approaching the level of the Solvency II risk margin as a proportion of capital, but if borne out by field testing, could be concerning to insurers who consider the quantum of the Solvency II risk margin to be too high at present levels of interest rates, Deloitte has said


04/07/2019

The German life insurance sector continues to reduce its exposure to persistent low interest rates, supporting Fitch Ratings stable outlook for the sector


04/07/2019

Generali Insurance Asset Management (GIAM) has announced the appointment of Antonio Pilato as its new head of investments


03/07/2019

Private U.S. property/casualty insurers’ profitability as measured by their annualized rate of return on average policyholders’ surplus increased to 9.4%, the best first-quarter result since 10.8% in 2015, according to data analytics provider Verisk and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA)


03/07/2019

Investors have been concerned over the global economic outlook, leading to suffering equity UCITS funds in April, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has revealed


03/07/2019

Gross insurance premium income for life and non-life sectors in Ireland rose by 16.7% between 2016 and 2017


03/07/2019

Zurich has announced that its CEO EMEA Amanda Blanc has resigned


02/07/2019

Total GWP for both life and the non-life insurance sector in Europe grew by 4.2% on an annual basis, and now amounts to €1.3trn at the end of 2018


02/07/2019

Japan’s four major life insurers increased their total unconsolidated core insurance profit by 3.8% year on year in fiscal 2018, mainly due to better interest margins


02/07/2019

Private equity investments by the US life/health and property/casualty insurance industries have risen sharply by around 25% over a two-year span to $55.4bn and $16bn, respectively, according to AM Best


02/07/2019

The UK government has today published its Green Finance Strategy, recognising the role of the financial sector in delivering global and domestic climate and environmental objectives


01/07/2019

A no-deal Brexit could be a key risk on UK insurers because it may have important short-and long-term implications for the country’s economy, financial markets, and insurance industry, according to S&P Global Ratings


01/07/2019

The risk of a prolonged low yield environment is now “more prominent again”, and the low level of interest rates continues to pose “significant challenges for life insurers” according to EIOPA


01/07/2019

Italian insurer, Generali, is now believed to be the lead insurer to acquire Tranquilidade, the second-largest non-life insurer in Portugal


01/07/2019

More than half (55 per cent) of European institutional investors are now considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in their schemes, growing from 40 per cent in 2018, Mercer has revealed


01/07/2019

Chubb has become the first major US insurer to cease insuring and investing in coal


28/06/2019

The direct financial impact of Brexit on major financial services firms in the UK has almost reached £4bn, as of 31 May 2019, EY’s Financial Services Brexit Tracker revealed


28/06/2019

China has created a new company called Dajia Insurance Group to take over the assets of Anbang Insurance Group


28/06/2019

AM Best has removed from under review with negative implications and changed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to a non-rating designation of E from B++ and the long-term issuer credit rating to ‘e’ from ‘bbb’ of Colarado Bankers Life Insurance Company (CBL)


28/06/2019

US insurer MetLife is to sell its Hong Kong operations to FWD, owned by tycoon Richard Li, the companies said in a joint statement


27/06/2019

Following the announcement of Facebook diving into the world of cryptoassets with its own virtual currency, Libra, eToro analyst Simon Peters has predicted the value of Bitcoin could soar to $50,000 “or even $100,000” this year


26/06/2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has today published six proposed amendments to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 17, after the standard received mounting pressure from the insurance industry


26/06/2019

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has reported that worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets increased by €48.02trn, or 9.2 per cent, in the first quarter of 2019


26/06/2019

Ahead of the G20 summit taking place in Osaka, Japan, this week, deVere CEO and founder Nigel Green said leaders must take decisive steps towards a multilateral cryptocurrency regulatory framework, arguing that failure to do so would be “irresponsible and negligent”


25/06/2019

Zurich Insurance Group has updated its fossil fuel policy that details moves to wind down investments and insurance coverage for coal developers, utilities, mine operators, and companies heavily involved in tar sands and oil shale


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)


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