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Preparing for Solvency II

Following a public consultation earlier this year, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) recently published the final Guidelines on preparing for Solvency II. Why have these guidelines been issued? What is their coverage and how will it affect insurers?

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Ultimate Forward Rate: does it create more risk?

Since its introduction in 2012, there has been a great deal of debate about the merits of the Ultimate Forward Rate (UFR). The UFR makes insurers and pension funds less dependent on long-term interest rates and increases funding ratios. However, the recent studies by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the European regulator EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) illustrate that the UFR also brings with it new risks. Does the UFR spell the end of the practical problems associated with market-consistent valuation, or does it actually make them worse?

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The relative world of correlations

Kurt Winkelmann (MSCI) on macro risk, trend growth and pension schemes

To many people, MSCI is known for its World Indices. But as a leading provider of investment decision support tools, MSCI offers software to companies, helping them to analyze financial markets such as the pension market. In December of 2012, Kurt Winkelmann, global head of research at MSCI, visited the Netherlands and the Zanders head office – a perfect opportunity to introduce this world player to the readers of Zanders Magazine.

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Mortgage lenders’ behavior models require updating

In 2012 the Dutch Minister of Finance informed the Lower House of a number of measures concerning the interest rate policy of providers of mortgage credit.

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A quality seminar

Effective capital management

Its expert speakers promised a lot and the number of early registrations demonstrated just how much interest there is for this year’s theme: effective capital management – once a quality, now a necessity. The Zanders Risk Management Seminar 2012, held in Amsterdam on 1 November, was a success.

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