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Solvency UK reforms gaining momentum

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has set out its determination to maintain the momentum of reform of the solvency regime for UK insurers following the passing of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 (FSMA).

European insurers shun infrastructure

The extent to which insurers in the European Economic Area (EEA) invest in a range of investment funds – significantly ahead of government bonds – is revealed in the latest data snapshot published by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). It also exposes the reluctance of insurers scross the continent to plough investments into infrastructure.

Should we be worried about corporate bonds?

Corporate bonds are a well-established part of the investment universe for insurers and pension funds but is this asset class starting to give rise to concerns about the risks it might pose?

Solvency II reforms still dividing EU

The long-running process of agreeing reforms to the European Union’s Solvency II regime will move into a crucial new phase in September.

Quantitative Tightening: so far, so steady

The Bank of England has been expressing quiet satisfaction about its quantitative tightening (QT) programme. It is on course to reduce the stock of gilts held in the Asset Purchase Facility by 11.6% by the end of the first year of the programme in September.

Hunt unleashes blizzard of pension consultations

The pensions industry faces months of uncertainty and consultation following the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt’s speech to City of London grandees at Mansion House on Monday evening.


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