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13.11.2018 15:01 Age: 31 days
Category: Press Releases

EC PROPOSAL TO AMEND SOLVENCY II EQUITY CALIBRATIONS: AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN TO WELL-PERFORMING LONG-TERM LIFE INSURANCE PRODUCTS

Solvency II equity-to-own funds calibrations to be reduced to 22% in some cases to support long-term investments.


BETTER FINANCE’s (and others’) unabated efforts to convince the EU Authorities to recalibrate the capital requirements for equity have started to bear fruit.

On 9 November 2018, with the input of BETTER FINANCE and other stakeholders, the Commission tabled targeted amendments to the Solvency II delegated regulation, in particular to the equity calibration. The amendment creates a derogatory provision for “long-term strategic investments in equity”, for which the capital requirement (SCR) is smaller. Such a provision would ensure that the capital requirement for a stock that qualifies for the abovementioned category would only be of 0.22€ for each stock worth €1.

The so-called Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) is a ratio determining the amount insurers need to keep as capital for each euro invested in capital markets. This ratio is meant to ensure that an insurer’s technical provisions are sufficient to cover future liabilities over a 12-month period in case a certain situation results in losses. Basically, it guarantees that the company has the capacity to absorb losses without altering the claims of policy holders.

In the calculation of the SCR, special attention is given to equity investments, which are considered riskier. Up to now, the Solvency II Regulation and the implementing acts provided that insurers must set aside 0.39€ and 0.49€ respectively for each 1€ invested in listed and private equity. In other words, buying a 1€ share costs the insurer 1.39€/1.49€.

This is detrimental to both insurers and long-term and pension policyholders, since the long-term return to policy holders is tied to the performance of the actual investments. But with very low equity investments over the past 14 years, one cannot expect good long-term net real returns.

Read the full press release here.


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