Posts Tagged ‘China’



April 27th, 2016

China’s Insurance Regulatory System

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Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on developments in China’s insurance regulatory system. 

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February 3rd, 2016

Solvency Regimes: Third-Country Equivalence

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Current capital requirements in the United States are set at a legal-entity level. Yet there are currently no global requirements for companies that operate in more than one country, and calculation formulas for capital requirements typically vary in each jurisdiction. Solvency II is the closest to mandating a group standard. Solvency II uses the concept of “equivalence” to deal with differing capital regimes between the European Union and the rest of the world including the United States, instead of forcing Solvency II standards on a third country.

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January 21st, 2016

China Risk Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS)

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The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) is instituting sweeping changes through its three-tiered China Risk Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS) framework that will dramatically impact how (re)insurers conduct business. It will strengthen capital requirements, risk management and transparency disclosures - bringing China in line with, and in some cases overtaking, global standards. The C-ROSS framework is similar to Solvency II: three tiers focusing on quantitative, qualitative and disclosure requirements.

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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

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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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