Will Economic Crisis in Eurozone Affect Solvency II?

Many industry observers consider Solvency II to be a worthy attempt by European regulators to forge a more uniform approach to safety and soundness supervision. Its impact extends beyond Europe: It has influenced global-standard setters at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and has even had an impact here in the U.S. at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

That said, many people, particularly at the NAIC, have voiced concerns that Solvency II so far is largely a theoretical exercise rather than a tried-and-true regulatory regime. The European Commission’s willingness to develop a full regime largely on paper differs from the NAIC’s approach of “tweaking” the U.S. regime via the Solvency Modernization Initiative.

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