Tag: Insurance

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

ASIC runs over No Claims Discount schemes

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) has continued its campaign for improved disclosure by insurers and their agents – this time in the motor vehicle insurance sphere. On 26 February 2015, ASIC published a report that examines the operation of no-claims discount (NCD) schemes for motor vehicle insurance and concluded that the schemes do not … Continue Reading

Insurance in Africa

There are many opportunities in Africa because the insurance market is largely untapped.  Below are some of the legal issues you need to be mindful of when doing business in the continent. For more detail read our Introduction to insurance business in Africa: Ten things to know. 1. Jurisdiction Africa is made up of 55 … Continue Reading

ASIC turns up heat on AFSL breach reporting

ASIC has reminded AFS licensees of their obligation to report significant breaches to ASIC promptly and of the need to ensure that internal risk management systems are sufficiently robust to identify, assess and escalate breaches and report significant breaches to the regulator. In an open letter to the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia, and a … Continue Reading

Crucial next steps for the Murray Inquiry

The next few months provide a crucial opportunity for participants in the Australian financial services industry to influence the final report of the Australian Financial System Inquiry, headed by David Murray. The Interim Report has generated a lot of debate around the role of vertically integrated groups, the favourable funding and regulatory position of the … Continue Reading

Conglomerates on APRA’s radar

Major financial institutions should prepare for group wide regulation as Australia’s peak prudential regulator gears up for stricter supervision of conglomerates. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA) planned framework for supervising conglomerates arises from its concern around the potential contagion risks faced by APRA-regulated entities within conglomerate groups.  APRA is concerned that the current arrangements … Continue Reading
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