On 20 June 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority published a Call for Input on access to insurance following the issues raised in its May 2016 Occasional Paper on access to financial services in the UK. The occasional paper discussed the problems faced by consumers when trying to find insurance to meet their needs – whether […]

PRA has published a policy statement on risk weights in the residential mortgages sector (PS13/17). The statement applies to banks and building societies who use an internal rating based (IRB) method to  calculate credit risk capital requirements relating to residential mortgage portfolios. The statement contains the final amendments to the ‘IRB approaches’ supervisory statement, which includes […]

In March 2017 FCA announced it was introducing a 29 August 2019 deadline for all PPI complaints to be submitted to firms or ombudsman services (subject to limited exceptions). This rule comes into effect on 29 August 2017 and applies to firms within the FOS’ compulsory jurisdiction (CJ). However, this rule currently will not apply to firms that […]

Philip Hammond has given the delayed Mansion House speech. He spoke of the Government’s priorities and its commitment to delivering better public services, higher real wages and increased living standards through stronger growth, and how it needs to be delivered through rising productivity. He stressed that this means more trade, and strong trade links with […]

EIOPA has published an assessment of the first supervisory experiences of how European (re)insurance companies have implemented the own risk and solvency assessment (ORSA) process under Solvency II. The key findings are as follows: The majority of (re)insurance undertakings have made good progress in implementing the ORSA process. There is a need for a greater […]

Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman of EIOPA, delivered a speech on opportunities, challenges and regulatory developments. Mr Bernardino concluded his speech with an explanation that EIOPA’s priority on Brexit is focused on the supervisory approach towards the insurers based in the UK seeking relocation of subsidiaries in the EU. He confirmed in his speech that empty shells or letter […]

EIOPA and the World Bank have entered into a further Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU is for a period of three years and replaces the MoU signed in 2013. The Parties intend to collaborate, with a focus on insurance, on the common projects and areas of collaboration as outlined in the MoU. The Parties’ […]

EIOPA has published its annual report which reviews its mandate and programme of work during 2016. Highlights of what EIOPA considers to be its top achievements in 2016 include: Developments of the KID for PRIIPs. EIOPA’s readiness for Solvency II reporting. EIOPA Insurance Stress Test 2016. Launch of an EU-wide thematic review of market conduct among […]

SFO has charged Barclays Bank and 4 individuals with conspiracy to commit fraud and providing unlawful financial assistance in relation to capital raising and loan facilities relating to Qatar during 2008.

EIOPA has responded to the Commission’s consultation on FinTech. EIPOA notes that digitalisation / InsurTech is of strategic importance for the insurance and pensions sector. It has an impact in all of the areas of the value chain. They also note that there are  some risks arising from digitalisation that supervisory authorities need to examine very […]