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European insurers must be ready for swings as Solvency II launch looms


Insurers and regulators have said that European insurers and financial markets must be ready for bigger swings in regulatory safety buffers after new risk capital rules, known as Solvency II, come into force on Jan. 1, 2016, reports Reuters.

The Solvency II rules are still little understood. A majority of insurers are targeting solvency levels well above 100% of the solvency capital requirement. However, the ratios can swing widely if there are large changes in financial markets or interest rates as the new rules are more closely tied to real world market developments.

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