The end of the IBOR era is near and IBOR transitions are a big challenge for both the regulators and the insurance industry. Survey results have revealed that most of the insurance firms already have a formal transition plan in place. However, these often lack details, unified planning, and strategizing investment priorities. Nevertheless, we need to anticipate for the transition before the end of 2021.
At the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus COVID-19 disrupted the world in a manner that hardly anyone was prepared for. A vast amount of resources is required to get through this phase. For insurance companies, this means facing greater uncertainty regarding the management of financial risks on their balance sheet at a time when they are already dealing with the low interest rate environment and major regulatory changes, such as IFRS 17.
On the 28th of June, Zanders organized a breakfast session on the Solvency II Matching and Volatility Adjustment. Participants from Dutch life insurance companies joined the session to discuss the drivers and challenges to implement these measures. This article provides a summary of the session’s main conclusions.
On April 30th 2014, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published the technical specifications for the preparatory phase towards Solvency II. The technical specifi cations on the long-term guarantee package offer the insurers basically two options to mitigate ‘artificial’ fluctuations in their own funds, the Volatility Adjustment and the Matching Adjustment. What is their impact and what are the main differences between these two measures?
Due to better healthcare and a safer living environment, the average life expectancy in the developed world has been increasing. For life insurance companies this uncertainty creates ‘longevity risk’ – one of their major risks. They can use longevity swaps to hedge the possibility of people living longer. Can longevity swaps create value too?