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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Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Structuring, GC Securities*
Over the past few years, the capital markets have become increasingly involved in (re)insurance risk. The capital providers have participated in sidecars, catastrophe bonds and more recently in hedge fund-backed reinsurance companies and collateralized reinsurance vehicles. They also have considerable appetite for subordinated debt as they strive for additional yield in today’s low interest rate environment. The attractiveness of (re)insurance market risk to the capital markets is clear. They obtain higher yields and the opportunity for diversification into risks that are not completely correlated with financial market risk. The way capital markets access (re)insurance risk is either through investing via specialists funds or setting up their own in-house teams to better understand and analyze (re)insurance risk.
European insurers are facing a more complex regulatory environment from national, regional and superregional authorities. The approaching date for implementation of Solvency II, January 1, 2016, is taking center stage. Member states are expected to transpose the directive requirements into local requirements with equivalence decisions this year.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has been continuously engaged in the formulation of the regulatory standards that the International Association of Insurance Supervisors is developing, but has expressed several concerns due to the different legal, regulatory and accounting systems that exist. The NAIC does not want the Insurance Capital Standard (ICS), which is to be a consolidated group-wide standard, to undermine the legal entity capital requirements in the United States. As a result, the NAIC is trying to ensure that any ICS be supplemental to jurisdictional capital requirements and include a common methodology by which it achieves comparable (substantially similar) outcomes across jurisdictions. The NAIC is working through the ComFrame Development and Analysis (G) Working Group (CDAWG), which was formed early last year, to provide on-going input with respect to all developments in this regard.
(Re)insurers are being challenged as the regulatory environment becomes more complex, with regulation increasing considerably at multiple levels in numerous jurisdictions throughout the world. Insurers are facing new costs and pressures in their efforts to manage the regulatory landscape.
In the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008, significant regulatory change aimed at preventing/mitigating future crises was implemented. While the U.S. insurance regulatory framework did remarkably well in the protection of insurance consumers and companies in the United States during the financial crisis, it was, and will be affected by these reforms. Today, the results are having a profound impact on companies’ balance sheets and risk management practices. Although primarily aimed at larger, global insurers, the changes are so extensive that they may impact medium and small insurers to some extent. The question that most (re)insurers are asking today is how can they cope with the myriad regulatory, legislative and ratings changes and continue to maximize opportunities and maintain profitable growth.
Frank Achtert, Managing Director, and Markus Mueller, Senior Vice President, GC Strategic Advisory℠
After a long period of discussion and many delays, the new European insurance regulatory regime, Solvency II, will commence in January 2016. The rules will be compulsory for all insurance and reinsurance companies and groups in the European Economic Area. The Solvency II rules were developed over a period of more than 15 years, and there are many reasons for the long delay. Two notable reasons are differing business models from country to country and pressure on long-term guarantee products in the private pension system created by the low interest rate environment.
Changing Regulatory Landscape, Capital Requirements Will Impact (Re)Insurers’ Balance Sheets, Guy Carpenter Reports
Guy Carpenter today released its 2015 Mid-Year Report on the (re)insurance landscape. In addition to providing a brief recap of renewal activity highlighted in their release on July 9, the report assesses key industry trends, including a detailed assessment of mergers and acquisitions activity and highlights other notable themes such as cyber security risk, increased regulation and public-private partnerships.