• IMF looks to ruin PE-insurer party

    29 December 2023

    The International Monetary Fund has raised further warning flags on private equity-owned insurance businesses. At the heart of the concerns are the illiquid assets these insurers use which may lead to financial catastrophe, if the IMF is to be believed.

  • Asian insurers doubled foreign asset holdings in five years

    17 October 2019

    This could create new risk transmission channels, IMF warned

  • IMF calls for compulsory holdings of liquid investments amid rising risk

    17 October 2019

    Fund points to risk of cross-border contagion as life insurers seek better yields in foreign investments

  • Hong Kong flexes its regulatory muscles to compete internationally

    23 May 2019

    The pearl of the Orient has been implementing the International Monetary Fund’s recommendations for stronger regulation at a fast pace. In the first part of this two-part series, Vincent Huck looks at the progress made and what remains to be achieved.

  • IMF backs global capital standard for insurers

    10 October 2018

    Solvency II is welcome, but broader coverage is needed to minimise economic threats

  • IMF urges EU to impose borrower limits on insurers' mortgage lending

    23 July 2018

    International Monetary Fund concerned by inconsistency in macroprudential policies.

  • VA lures Dutch life insurers to copy asset mix of European rivals, says IMF

    04 April 2017

    Economic-based valuations "distorted" by VA and UFR

  • IMF questions sustainability of Ireland's variable annuities industry

    30 September 2016

    Low rates put product appeal at risk

  • Insurers safe from direct impact of Greek default

    01 July 2015

    Holdings of Greek sovereign bonds at minimal levels

  • Time is running out for Greece

    27 April 2015

    Endgame in about six weeks, says JP Morgan; Draghi stresses about banks