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Residential mortgages: a level playing field for the banking and insurance sector?

Regulatory developments are changing the shape of the European financial landscape – so to what extent will this create a level playing field for banks and insurers in the Dutch residential mortgage market? This article discusses how consistent the credit risk capital requirements under Basel III and Solvency II are for residential mortgages.

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Longevity swaps and value creation

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?

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Aren’t we going too far?

On a day to day basis I regularly hear “I have to pop to Risk to find out what they think about this”, or “What does Compliance say?” and “Does this fit in with our risk allocation?” The responsibility for a transaction seems to be split over many different levels. So who is really solely responsible for their own work?

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