Posts Tagged ‘Asia Pac’



February 8th, 2016

Rating Agency Developments, Part II; Europe and Asia Pacific

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In anticipation of the January 2016 rollout, the European insurance industry focused squarely on Solvency II. Rating agencies refrained from instituting any new criteria.

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January 25th, 2016

Developments in Asia Pacific: Indonesia

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The average balance of payments in Indonesian reinsurance transactions over the past five years has been in a deficit of IDR5.65 trillion (USD455 million) per year. This has been a point of frustration for the Indonesian government. As such, the Indonesia Financial Services Authority (OJK) has instructed insurers to retain more risk and to reinsure more business with domestic reinsurers, including the recently-formed state reinsurer, Indonesia Re, to “improve and optimize capacity in the country.” The OJK has also encouraged all domestic reinsurers to obtain an international rating in order to improve competitiveness with foreign reinsurers. However, it is anticipated that high cessions to other unrated, domestic companies will increase credit risk charges and pressure capital adequacy ratios.

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January 20th, 2016

Developments in Asia Pacific: Overview, Part II

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Other countries, such as the Philippines and Indonesia, have instituted rules that may, conversely, impede the development of a healthy, profitable insurance market. The Indonesian regulator’s recent steps to reduce capital outflows, with a focus on reinsurance premiums ceded to international reinsurers, remain highly debated and will be explored in greater detail later. The Philippines, in addition to a risk-based capital (RBC) framework, has instituted a minimum paid-up capital requirement (starting in 2006 and revised in 2013) that increases every two years and will result in a PHP2 billion (approximately USD44 million) minimum threshold in 2020. This will put minimum capital levels in the Philippines well above those of more developed markets, including Australia, Japan and Singapore. The policy applies uniformly across the industry regardless of premium volume, line of business or geographic scope and therefore its impact is more strongly felt by smaller carriers that will most likely be forced out of the market or into the arms of larger players. The Philippines Insurer and Reinsurer Association (PIRA) has been outspoken against the minimum capital requirement and stated a preference for a standalone RBC metric.

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January 19th, 2016

Developments in Asia Pacific: Overview, Part I

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Asia Pacific is a diverse mix of countries encompassing nearly one-third of the earth’s landmass and more than one half of its population. Given the broad spectrum of economic and regulatory sophistication across the region, the approach to insurance regulation has varied on a country-by-country basis as each regime adapts solvency principles to their own needs and political realities.

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December 23rd, 2015

Update on China Counterparty Risk Charges for Offshore Reinsurers: Part II

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eva-zheng-sm1001graham-jones-951Eva Zheng and Graham Jones

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It is anticipated that the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) will recognize cash deposits (including premiums withheld), letters of credit (LOC) and certain other forms of collateral. LOCs must be issued by domestic banks with a capital adequacy ratio of no less than 11 percent or by overseas financial institutions with credit ratings equal to or higher than AA-. Cedents will be required to report and re-value their counterparty risk on a quarterly basis and adjust collateral positions accordingly.

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December 22nd, 2015

Update on China Counterparty Risk Charges for Offshore Reinsurers: Part I

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eva-zheng-sm100graham-jones-95Eva Zheng and Graham Jones

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China’s developing insurance market is a potential bright spot for growth in an otherwise challenging landscape for global reinsurers. Driven by a maturing economy and expected increases in household penetration ratios, property/casualty insurance premium, totaling USD 121.6 billion in 2014 (1), is projected to increase to roughly USD 300 billion by 2030 (2).  

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November 2nd, 2015

Guy Carpenter Report Evaluates (Re)Insurance Regulatory Advancement in the Asia Pacific Region

Posted at 3:30 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today published an assessment of the development of solvency requirements and regulatory initiatives that are impacting (re)insurers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. According to the report, these developments are driven by four key motivators, including the need to improve resiliency post-catastrophic loss; to increase oversight in a post-Great Recession world; to follow best practices from the banking and international insurance sectors; and finally, to satisfy domestic political pressures.

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November 1st, 2015

In 2015, Growth and Innovation Demonstrated in Asia Pacific, according to Guy Carpenter Report

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Guy Carpenter today published a new report finding that prevailing market conditions continued to allow buyers in the Asia Pacific region to achieve favorable pricing, terms and conditions as capacity exceeded demand.

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October 12th, 2015

Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities for (Re)insurers, Part IV: Asia Pacific

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In Asia, solvency requirements are increasing in many territories. Hong Kong and Singapore are developing new standards around risk and capital regulations. China is developing an approach similar to Solvency II via a three tiered approach like the “three pillars.”

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September 29th, 2015

Disruptive Forces to Merger & Acquisition Activity: Globalization

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Globalization in the insurance industry has historically been characterized by North American companies seeking to expand their business models to Europe, with Asia and South America as their secondary focus. European companies have sought to expand into North America, Asia and Latin America (for Spanish and Portuguese speaking companies).

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