Systemic Risk in the Insurance Sector: A Review of Current Assessment Approaches

The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice (Forthcoming)

34 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2012 Last revised: 16 May 2014

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Andreas (Andy) Jobst

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - European Department

Date Written: April 21, 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords: financial crisis, insurance sector, macroprudential, systemic risk, SIFI, G-SII

JEL Classification: G01, G18, G22

Suggested Citation

Jobst, Andreas A., Systemic Risk in the Insurance Sector: A Review of Current Assessment Approaches (April 21, 2014). The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2022062 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2022062

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