Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Towers Watson paper on Extreme Risks - useful for Reverse Stress Testing

For anyone who has reverse stress testing on their agenda, this release from Towers Watson should help you on the "unlikely but extreme" events front.

They categorise these events into three types - Financial, Economic and "Other" (being environmental and political), and provide 15 solid risk events, some ideas on ranking, hedging and parameterising impact and likelihood., all of which are valid in the face of a lack of guidance from EIOPA on the subject at this juncture (remember ORSA requirements!).

Certainly worth using in your next FSA-driven reverse stress testing exercise if you are UK-based, and considering in the context of the forthcoming public consultation on ORSA for the rest of you Euro-landers.

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