Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Solvency II and the USA - start de-risking or close the door!

Very cute article citing Moody's research on how Solvency II is already driving asset selection (and even product viability) in the United States, a jurisdiction that still hasn't made too many steps towards jumping through the "equivalence" hoops!

It is of course a given that products with embedded options and guarantees are going to be pricey under the new regime, but to hear that it is already driving capital allocation away from a country which will no doubt get equivalence (thus avoiding extra capital charges) is quite something.

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