Tag: Insurance

EIOPA consults on a framework to address value for money risk in the European unit-linked market

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched a consultation on value for money risk in the European unit-linked insurance market. EIOPA has previously expressed concern that while unit-linked products can offer important benefits for policyholders, costs for some products remain too high. The low interest rate environment, in addition to market shocks … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter on business interruption insurance following the Supreme Court Test Case decision

On Friday 22 January 2020, the FCA sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to insurance companies and managing general agents in order to clarify its expectations of firms in respect of business interruption claims following the decision of the Supreme Court on 15 January (see our case summary here). Executive Director of Consumers and Competition, Sheldon … Continue Reading

Brexit – Reminder from the French regulator to UK financial institutions on their obligations towards customers residing in France

On 4 January 2021, the French regulator (the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution – ACPR) issued a press release reminding UK authorised financial institutions (including those located in Gibraltar) of their obligations towards customers residing in France. As of 1 January 2021, European law is no longer applicable in the United Kingdom (UK). … Continue Reading

Brexit – France clarifies the form and content of the information to be provided by UK insurers to their French insureds and policyholders following Brexit – Update

As mentioned in our previous post published in April 2019, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance passed a decree dated 22 March 2019 (the March 2019 Decree) implementing the provisions of the ordinance n°2019-75 of 6 February 2019, introducing a contingency plan for the financial services sector in connection with the withdrawal of the … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter on its supervisory strategy for Lloyd’s and London Market Intermediary firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter to intermediaries (including Managing General Agents) that operate in the Lloyd’s and London Market. The FCA has recently started to group firms into separate portfolios. Lloyd’s and London Market intermediaries (LLMI) fall into one such group of FCA supervised firms. The FCA writes that … Continue Reading

UK regulators send ‘Dear CEO’ letter to insurers concerning preparations for the end of the transition period

The two UK financial regulators, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have sent a letter to the chief executives and branch managers of insurance firms in the UK. The letter reminds firms about the end of the transition period in December and the need to be ready for a range … Continue Reading

EIOPA outlines its approach to the supervision of insurance product governance and oversight

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published ‘EIOPA’s approach to the supervision of product oversight and governance’. The Insurance Distribution Directive ((EU) 2016/97) (IDD) contains requirements on product oversight and governance for insurance distributors. These requirements aim to ensure that customers’ interests are taken into account throughout the product lifecycle. The latest … Continue Reading

FCA reminds professional indemnity insurance underwriters to meet regulatory requirements when including pandemic exclusions

In its latest regulatory round-up, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reminded insurers offering professional indemnity insurance of its Handbook requirements. Insurance firms applying pandemic exclusions are reminded of the minimum requirements in MIPRU 3.2 and should consider whether exclusions are consistent with product governance obligations to ensure that the policy is compatible with the … Continue Reading

FCA proposes measures to address problems identified in general insurance pricing practices

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the final report in its study of general insurance pricing practices (MS18/1). The final report follows a two year study into pricing in the general insurance sector in the UK. An interim report was published in October 2019 setting out interim findings. Alongside the final report the FCA … Continue Reading

FCA sends ‘Dear CEO’ letter to insurance intermediaries on its supervision strategy for personal and commercial lines

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has sent a ‘Dear CEO’ letter from Roma Pearson, Head of Department, Retail General Insurance, to intermediary firms setting out the key risks posed by insurance intermediaries to customers. The letter asks firms to consider the extent to which the risks identified exist in their business and assess strategies to … Continue Reading

FCA publishes CP19/23: Signposting to travel insurance for consumers with medical conditions

On 15 July 2019, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published Signposting to travel insurance for consumers with medical conditions (CP19/23). CP19/23 continues the work undertaken by the FCA over the past few years on ensuring that vulnerable customers can access insurance. In June 2017 the FCA published a Call for Input on access to insurance … Continue Reading

Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates urges EIOPA to remove the recognised Solvency II barriers to IBOR transition

On 12 July 2019, the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates published a letter from Tushar Morzaria, chair of the working group, to Gabriel Bernardino, EIOPA chair, encouraging EIOPA to go beyond monitoring the IBOR transition to now actively removing the recognised Solvency II barriers to this transition. The letter expressed concerns surrounding the … Continue Reading

Greater outsourcing in German life insurance sector predicted following expected change to Criminal Code

The adoption of a draft law amending criminal law provisions protecting insurance related information will finally enable life insurers to make wider use of outsourcing by removing disclosure to service providers from the scope of Sec. 203 German Criminal Code (StGB) under certain conditions. In spite of some uncertainties, this is a major breakthrough and … Continue Reading

Product suitability obligation and intervention powers to be fast-tracked: Government responds to calls for Royal Commission into the banks

In response to Opposition calls for a Royal Commission into the banking sector, the Australian Government has announced a $127 million reform package aimed at increasing the powers of Australia’s corporate watchdog, ASIC. A key component of that package will be the accelerated implementation of two key recommendations of the Financial System Inquiry: an obligation on … Continue Reading

ASIC sounds warning on add-on insurance products: time to get your houses (and car yards) in order

In his recent speech at the Insurance Council of Australia Annual Forum ASIC’s Peter Kell delivered a scathing commentary on the state of the add-on insurance market, saying that the industry had made insufficient progress towards delivering better consumer outcomes in the area and sounded a warning: if ASIC is still raising similar concerns in … Continue Reading

ASIC raises concerns over adequacy of Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance for AFS licensees

ASIC to increase surveillance to monitor compliance with PI insurance requirements AFS licensees should check their PI policy to determine whether cover is adequate Insurers should review their PI offerings to ensure cover is compliant with RG 126 Following an eight month review, ASIC has released its findings on the PI insurance market and areas … Continue Reading

Insurance in Australia: 2015 in review

Continued market consolidation, technology driven disruption and a shift towards behavioural based conduct regulation were the standout themes in the Australian insurance sector over the last 12 months. We take a brief look at the year that was and share our thoughts on what 2016 looks like. Keep ahead or be left behind: rise of … Continue Reading

Financial System Inquiry (FSI) – Government Response: hidden pitfalls for insurance brokers and underwriting agencies?

The Government’s response to the FSI contains both good and bad news for insurers and brokers One issue of concern is the proposal that ASIC must approve all changes in control of AFS Licensees.  This will significantly expand such regulatory oversight beyond authorised insurers to a multitude of insurance brokers and underwriting agencies. The good … Continue Reading

Insurers “strongly encouraged” to improve disclosure of prudential matters

On 22 June 2015, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released a letter to all Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of general insurers, Level 2 insurance groups and life companies (collectively, the insurers) encouraging them to adopt better public disclosure practices for prudential matters. The current capital adequacy framework for insurers is based on a three … Continue Reading

Credit cards to improve travel insurance disclosure

Credit card providers have agreed to provide customers with clearer information regarding when ‘complimentary’ travel insurance is activated and to what extent cover is provided. Many credit card holders have access to ‘complimentary’ travel insurance. However, many of these do not know that they have the benefit of cover, how to activate it, how it … Continue Reading
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