Tag Archives: Solvency 2

Extension of SM&CR to insurers: PRA consults on implementation

The PRA is consulting on proposed changes to its Rulebook, to provide for: a technical correction to the Solvency II firms: Insurance General Application Part; and consequential changes and minor administrative amendments relating to the extension of the SM&CR to insurers. The proposed amendments include the application of an ‘overlap’ rule for individuals with ‘FCA […]

PRA publishes Policy Statement on changes in insurance reporting requirements

On 6 July, the PRA provided feedback to responses to its Consultation Paper (CP) 2/18 “Changes in insurance reporting requirements” in Policy Statement (PS)16/18. CP2/18, published in January 2018, set out the PRA’s proposals to change the regulatory reporting requirements for SII firms (and mutuals). The proposals were developed by the PRA as part of […]

Changes in terminology. PRA updates its Supervisory Statements

The PRA updated a number of its Supervisory Statements (SSs) on 4 July 2018 to reflect changes in terminology, following the publication of policy statement 15/18 “Strengthening individual accountability in insurance: Extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to insurers”. A list of those SSs can be found below. SS28/15 “Strengthening individual accountability in […]

Insurance Europe’s SII conference

On 26 June, insurers, policymakers and regulators attended Insurance Europe’s Solvency II Conference.  The theme of the conference, which was held in Brussels, was ” Two years on and two reviews”. Michaela Koller, Insurance Europe director general opened the conference, which featured two panel debates. The first debate “Two years on – Solvency II in […]

PRA publishes policy statement on financial management for insurers

Following its consultation on effective financial management and planning for insurance firms and groups, the PRA has now published its final policy statement PS10/18, and Supervisory Statement SS4/18, ‘Financial management and planning by insurers’. The Supervisory Statement (which has been modified in the light of responses to the consultation) includes a framework for the: development […]

EIOPA publishes final set of advice to the Commission on Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), has published its second and final set of advice to the European Commission on the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) formula under the Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation. Highlights include: EIOPA recommends further simplifications and improvements to the calculation of capital requirements, including for fire risk and mass accidents […]

PRA responds to Treasury Committee’s inquiry into Solvency 2

PRA has published a report in response to the Treasury Committee’s inquiry into Solvency 2. The response is split into four parts: Part 1: Overview of the UK insurance industry and the rationale for the prudential regulation of insurers. Part 2: Solvency 2 and the UK insurance sector, including the development of Solvency 2. Part 3: […]

BoE speech on looking out for the policyholder

Sam Woods, Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation and Chief Executive Officer of PRA delivered a speech entitled ‘Looking out for the policyholder’ at the ABI’s annual conference. The speech focused on the policyholder, competition and competitiveness and Solvency 2 reform. With regard to PRA’s secondary objective to facilitate effective competition, Mr Woods provided practical examples of steps […]

PRA proposes changes to insurers’ reporting requirements

As part of its review into the implementation of Solvency 2, PRA has published a consultation paper on changes to insurance reporting requirements. The changes are designed to reduce the burden for Solvency 2 firms and mutuals while maintaining PRA’s ability to meet its statutory objectives and to supervise firms. The consultation paper is relevant to […]

PRA consults on internal models under Solvency 2

As part of its review into Solvency 2, PRA has published a consultation paper which proposes updated expectations of firms in respect of: the model change process set out in Supervisory Statement (SS) 12/16 ‘Solvency II: Changes to internal models used by UK insurance firms’; and the internal model change policies set out in SS17/16 […]

PRA publishes feedback on general insurance stress test 2017

PRA has sent a letter to firms that were involved in the 2017 general insurance stress test and explained that its main findings were: the UK general insurance sector as a whole and individual firms are resilient to those scenarios within the regulatory threshold of Solvency 2; and with regard to reinsurance interconnectedness, PRA found no evidence […]

Effective financial management and planning by insurance firms and groups: PRA consultation

The PRA has published a consultation paper which seeks the views on a draft supervisory statement on effective financial management and planning by insurance firms and groups.  The draft supervisory statement is of particular relevance to insurance entities in the scope of Solvency II, the Society of Lloyd’s and managing agents. The supervisory statement is […]

EIOPA delivers first set of advice to the European Commission on Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation

The European Commission requested EIOPA to provide technical advice as part of its review of the Solvency Capital Requirement. Following a public consultation, EIOPA has provided advice on the following areas: Simplified calculations; Reducing reliance on external credit ratings; Exposures guaranteed and exposures to regional governments and local authorities; Risk-mitigation techniques; Undertaking specific parameters; Look-through […]

PRA publishes framework for authorisation and supervision of insurance special purpose vehicles

Following a period of consultation, PRA has published a policy statement and supervisory statement that are relevant to all parties who wish to apply to PRA for, or have obtained authorisation as, an insurance special purpose vehicle (ISPV). It is also relevant to insurers and reinsurers seeking to use UK insurance special purpose vehicles (ISPVs) as […]

Treasury Committee report on Solvency 2

Following receipt of evidence from a range of stakeholders, the Treasury Committee has published its report on Solvency 2 and its impact on the UK insurance industry. The report covers a range of areas including the background to Solvency 2 and the way it has been implemented in the UK, concerns over Risk Margin, proportionality and […]

PRA publishes the first in a series of consultation papers on reform to the implementation of Solvency 2

Following the introduction of Solvency 2 in January 2016, PRA has launched the first of a series of consultation papers on reform to the implementation of Solvency 2. The series begins with a paper on the Matching Adjustment (MA) and sets out PRA’s proposed expectations of firms in this area. PRA has worked closely with […]

PRA issues policy statement and supervisory statement on Solvency 2: Data collection of market risk sensitivities

PRA has published a policy statement and supervisory statement relevant to PRA-regulated insurance or reinsurance firms that are most exposed to market risks. These are primarily Category 1 and 2 firms in the life sector, and any other category life firm or general insurance firm, or composite insurance firm that demonstrates material market risk exposures. The supervisory […]

EIOPA speaks on future disruption to the insurance industry

Dr. Manuela Zweimüller, Head of Policy Department at EIOPA, has delivered a speech on what will the future hold? The European insurance industry in times of major disruption. The speech highlights challenges in respect of InsurTech, Brexit and Regulatory stability. EIOPA considers that the insurance industry needs to reinvent itself in respect of InsurTech and […]

PRA consults on fees and levies for insurers and designated investment firms

PRA has published a consultation paper on model transaction fees, fees and FSCS levies for insurers and fees for designated investment firms. The consultation paper is relevant to  insurers and designated investment firms, as well as firms which have, or intend to apply in the future for, Solvency 2 or CRR models. The consultation paper sets […]

EIOPA publishes opinion on supervisory convergence in light of Brexit

EIOPA has provided an Opinion addressed to national supervisory authorities on supervisory convergence in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. EIOPA acknowledges that insurers may be seeking to relocate to or set up a new business in the EU in order to maintain access to the EU single market after Brexit. EIOPA comments […]

BoE responds to risks in life and general insurance sectors

David Rule, Executive Director of Insurance Supervision at BoE delivered a speech on 6 July at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) with a focus on risks and BoE’s supervisory priorities in the life and general insurance sectors. BoE is concerned with risk concentrations and the impact of the current market conditions. For example, in […]

PRA response on dealing with a market turning event in the general insurance sector

PRA has published a supervisory statement (SS) and policy statement, relevant to all Solvency II firms, on dealing with a market turning event in the general insurance sector. The statements follow responses to an earlier consultation paper and an industry-sponsored dry-run exercise of a catastrophic loss event. The SS is aimed at Solvency 2 firms […]

PRA publishes supervisory statement on cyber insurance underwriting risk

PRA has published a policy statement and supervisory statement on cyber insurance underwriting risk. The statements are relevant to all UK non-life insurance and reinsurance firms and groups within the scope of Solvency II including Lloyd’s and managing agents. The supervisory statement sets out PRA’s final expectations regarding the prudent management of cyber underwriting risk, […]

PRA issues policy statement on matching adjustment under Solvency 2

Following 12 responses received to the earlier consultation paper, PRA has issued a policy statement on matching adjustment – illiquid unrated assets and equity release mortgages. The policy statement includes the final supervisory statement, which sets out the PRA’s expectations. The policy statement is relevant to life insurance and reinsurance companies holding or intending to […]

EIOPA calls for recovery and resolution framework for insurers

EIOPA has published an Opinion, which proposes a minimum harmonised and comprehensive recovery and resolution framework in the area of recovery and resolution for Solvency 2 (re)insurers. EIOPA’s view is that although Solvency 2 has reduced the likelihood of insurers failing in the future, it is not designed to completely eliminate this risk. Given the […]

EIOPA consults on first set of advice on Solvency II review

 EIOPA has launched a project in a response to the call for advice by the EC and has published a consultation paper on the first set of advice. EIOPA’s focus is on the review of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35 and in particular the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) standard formula. The main goals of the review […]

EIOPA publishes first Solvency 2 statistics

EIOPA has published the first set of quarterly statistics on quantitative Solvency II reporting from insurance undertakings and groups in the EU and EEA. The statistics contain aggregated country level information about the balance sheet, own funds, capital requirements, premiums, claims and expenses and  refer to the latest information available at the extraction date.

EIOPA publishes ORSA assessment

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 […]

EIOPA speaks on Brexit – “empty shells or letter boxes are not acceptable”

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 calls for evidence following European Commission’s 2nd request for technical advice on Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation

EIOPA is seeking responses on the treatment of unlisted equity and debt without an External Credit Assessment Institution rating in the standard formula. This request is further to the European Commission’s request for advice on the same. EIOPA will prepare draft advice to the Commission following any feedback received and plans to start a consultation in November 2017 […]

PRA launches general insurance stress test 2017

PRA has asked the UK’s largest general insurers to provide information about the impact of a range of stress tests on their projected Own Funds, as well as providing additional information on their sectoral exposures to the UK economy. The purpose of the exercise is to enable the PRA to assess the potential impact of severe […]

PRA Chief Executive Officer delivers speech on insurance supervision

On 20 March 2017, Sam Woods, Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation and Chief Executive Officer of the PRA delivered a speech on insurance supervision at the PRA. Mr Woods commented that a precondition to the success of the UK’s world leading insurance sector is world-class insurance supervision, which is what the PRA aims to deliver. […]

PRA’s Deputy Governor and CEO responds to Treasury committee call for further evidence on EU insurance regulation

Sam Woods, the PRA’s Deputy Governor and CEO, has published a letter addressed to the Treasury Committee on EU insurance regulation. The letter is a preliminary response to requests by the Committee for further evidence on the following: the PRA’s view in relation to the 23 areas recommended by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) […]

Treasury consultation on distributable profits of long-term (life) insurers

The Treasury has launched a consultation on technical changes to the legal definition of life insurers’ distributable profits, in the light of the implementation of Solvency II and the necessity for consequent changes to the Companies Act 2006. As this issue has already been the subject of discussions with the industry, the consultation will close after a shorter period, […]

Market turning event in the general insurance sector: PRA consultation

The PRA issued a consultation on 21 September 2016 on a draft supervisory statement regarding its expectations of general insurance firms in circumstances where there is a general loss event which might affect firms’ solvency and future business plans.  The draft supervisory statement covers the PRA’s expectations of firms in planning for and dealing with […]

Treasury Committee to review Solvency 2

The Treasury Committee is taking the opportunity of Brexit to discuss how the perceived shortcomings of Solvency 2 might be addressed.