Life Insurance CFO Survey #25: evolving capital management practices

Life Insurance CFO Survey #25: evolving capital management practices
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Towers watson
Towers Watson
Date of publication
1 May 2010
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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This article presents the findings of the first installment of Towers Watson's Life Insurance CFO Survey of 2010 which focused on issues relating to capital management. Specifically, the survey explored how companies are determining, managing, monitoring, funding and allocating capital in light of the popularity of economic capital methodologies, ongoing regulatory changes, rating agency requirements and economic turmoil. The survey found that respondents did not significantly alter their approach to determining required capital as a result of the financial crisis, but changes are anticipated over the next 12 months. As might be expected, the financial crisis has spurred increased attention to capital management practices. Economic capital is a key capital management tool currently used or planned to be used by 90% of the respondents. Companies have also increased the frequency with which they monitor their current capital position and project their future capital position, and they show no signs of going back to 'business as usual.' Finally, respondents foresee increased securitization activity over the next 12 months.  

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