Solvency II: Aiming for Adequacy

Denise Valentine, Aite Group

With American International Group’s spectacular collapse due to grossly inadequate risk management and shady accounting practices serving as a grim example of what can go wrong, European Union regulators devised the Solvency II framework to prevent any future inability on the part of a major insurer to cover client claims.

The regulation entails three pillars, in Basel II fashion:

Pillar One contains quantitative capital requirements, the first of which is the Solvency Capital Requirement, which

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