Systemic Risk in the Insurance Sector: A Review of Current Assessment Approaches
Andreas (Andy) Jobst
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - European Department
April 21, 2014
The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice (Forthcoming)
The following article reviews the recent regulatory efforts in defining systemic risk in the insurance sector and the designation of systemically important insurers. Although current evidence suggests that core insurance activities are unlikely to cause or propagate systemic risk, the characteristics and business models of insurance firms vary by country and might require a more nuanced examination, with a particular focus on non-traditional and/or non-insurance (NTNI) activities. The article also includes the assessment of identified vulnerabilities from liquidity risk in the context of the Bermuda market, which provides valuable insights into systemic risk analysis in the domestic context of an insurance market dominated by non-life underwriting.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: financial crisis, insurance sector, macroprudential, systemic risk, SIFI, G-SII
JEL Classification: G01, G18, G22
Date posted: March 15, 2012 ; Last revised: May 16, 2014
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