Supporting financial resilience

Walter B. Kielholz named EFR chairman

18 Dec 2011

The Members of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR) have elected Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re, as new Chairman of the EFR.

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Swiss Re expert view on the changing regulatory landscape - Philippe Brahin

15 Nov 2011

The Chief Risk Officer Assembly, a joint initiative between Swiss Re, the Geneva Association and the CRO Forum, provides a unique global platform for re/insurance CROs. Swiss Re recently hosted the 7th annual Assembly at our Centre for Global Dialogue, where the subject of regulatory reform was high on the agenda. Philippe Brahin, Swiss Re’s Head of Governmental Affairs & Sustainability, provides his perspective on some of the regulatory topics discussed at the event.

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The importance of equivalence: preserving the global competitiveness of pan-European insurance companies

13 Oct 2011

This topic was among those discussed at the September Eurofi Financial Forum in Poland, where Swiss Re CEO Stefan Lippe participated in a panel discussion on the topic of Solvency II. Extracts of his arguments appeared in the newsletter for the event. A short summary is provided below.

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International perspectives on solvency modernisation

10 Oct 2011

Solvency modernisation represents an improvement in the regulation and supervision of insurance companies. In modernising their solvency regimes, countries and regions are bringing their regulations up-to-date with the significant advances that have been achieved in risk management and in insurance over recent years. Switzerland and Europe are well advanced in their solvency modernisation efforts, with many other countries and regions moving in a similar direction. Click the countries and regions...

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Regulatory reforms in insurance: the view from Washington

06 Oct 2011

Key industry players met in Washington in September on the occasion of the annual meetings of the IMF and the International Institute of Finance (IIF) to discuss the hot topics related to insurance regulation.

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Solvency II publications: Swiss Re expertise

06 Oct 2011

A number of fact sheets and other publications are available on the topic of Solvency II. Swiss Re has produced these to provide our clients, and other important stakeholders, with insight into key elements of the new regulatory regime.

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The importance of solvency modernisation

06 Oct 2011

In modernising their solvency regimes, countries and regions are bringing their regulations up-to-date with the significant advances that have been achieved in risk management and group supervision in recent years.

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IIF report calls for greater cross-sector coordination in regulatory reform

17 Aug 2011

A new report by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) highlights the potential impact on the insurance industry of regulatory reforms in both banking and insurance. It calls for greater cross-sector coordination between the banking and insurance industries in developing regulatory reforms.

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Striking the right balance in industry regulations

16 Aug 2011

The regulatory response to the financial crisis has been unprecedented. In seeking to increase financial stability by preventing a repetition of the crisis, regulators are undoubtedly doing the appropriate thing. However, they must strike the right balance between averting future crises and ensuring that the industries affected can continue to conduct business effectively.

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Re/insurance risk transfer creates value

15 Aug 2011

Re/insurers enable many entrepreneurial activities and support the economy. Through their risk transfer services and investment choices, insurers and reinsurers contribute to innovation and economic growth.

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Balanced regulatory response a must

12 Jul 2011

Swiss Re says regulators must strike right balance between averting future crises and insuring industries affected can continue to conduct business effectively.

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Swiss Re disappointed with EU judgment on gender pricing

01 Mar 2011

On 1 March the European Court of Justice announced that the current exemption for the use of gender as a risk factor in insurance contracts will be removed with effect from 21 December 2012. Swiss Re is disappointed with the Court’s decision and believes that this will impact all consumers, particularly those low risk groups who have benefited from relatively lower insurance premiums.

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Swiss Re CEO Stefan Lippe explains industry position on systemic risk at Eurofi G20 seminar

28 Feb 2011

The recent financial crisis highlighted the need for systemic risk monitoring. It showed that some financial institutions were so interconnected with other financial companies that they posed a risk to the entire financial system.

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