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Robin Arnfield

Canada tailors insurance regulation

Canadas financial services regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Finan­cial Institutions (OSFI), is monitoring Solvency II and other risk-based capital regime changes to consider what best fits the Canadian regulatory framework

Uncertainty weighs down US insurers

US insurers are suffering because while the industry is aware of the regulatory burden it faces, uncertainty over the rules both domestically and internationally means it is difficult for providers to plan for growth and structure their offerings, according to research conducted by Life Insurance International

Canada’s changing pensions market

The controversy sparked by the Canadian governments decision in its March 2012 budget regarding Old Age Security (OAS) has put the countrys pensions system firmly in the spotlight. In the budget, announced on 29 March 2012, the federal government said the entitlement age for OAS will gradually rise from 65 to 67 starting from 2013.

US insurers explore social media

Social media such as Facebook provides a huge opportunity for US life insurers to communicate interactively with their customers However, lingering concerns about reputational risk and regulatory compliance have prompted most life insurers to adopt a cautious approach

Big plans to broaden pension coverage

If Canadas minister of finance has his way, all self-employed Canadians and those working for small companies will soon have access to pension schemes offered by financial institutions

On the hunt for Hispanic treasure

Not a company which regularly hits the headlines, Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) has over the past 99 years carved itself an enviable niche in the Hispanic market sectors in the US and, more recently, in Latin America

Insurers and major retailers team up

An extensive study undertaken by Finaccord reveals insurers and major retail companies in many countries are teaming up to distribute a wide range of life, health and general insurance products

Canada sees stability

Canadian life insurers weathered the global financial crisis thanks to a cautious investment stance and the strength of the Canadian economy The only dark shadow for Canadian life insurers has been their US operations, where variable annuities have done considerable damage