Inflation challenges

We thought these two charts prepared using recent data from the UK Office for National Statistics tell an interesting tale: unstable and possibly declining inflation over the last few years coupled with a decline in real average weekly earnings over the period since the financial crisis broke. How best to capture this in pricing, reserving… Continue reading>

Tip of the Iceberg?

The recent high-profile announcement by QBE has prompted us to set down some thoughts on reserving and capital issues raised here. An open question, outside the scope of this article, is whether, it signals the first concrete sign of an approaching wave of soft-market bad news in the sector. Reserves are inherently uncertain The first… Continue reading>

Advisor rotation

This article is about whether audit and actuary rotation need to be items on a CRO’s agenda Most insurance organisations have had the same auditing firm for many years. Very few audits are actually put out to tender. As far as we can tell, in only 3 countries is there a mandatory requirement to change… Continue reading>

Top trends to look out for in 2013

What do we do now? With Solvency II being put back for two, three, four or maybe more years, firms now have a chance to scale back their programmes and focus on the usual business objectives of making profits and looking after customers. We think it will prove a mistake for firms to pull the… Continue reading>