Chapter 17: Global financial regulatory trends and challenges for the development of the insurance and pensions sector in the Asia-Pacific region
The 2008–09 global financial crisis has prompted wide-ranging regulatory reforms to be undertaken by the international community to strengthen the resilience of the global financial sector. Some of the activities of the insurance and private pensions sector, which was relatively less affected by the crisis than other financial sectors, under certain conditions have the potential to be systemically relevant if conducted on a huge scale and with poor risk governance and supervisory oversight. Such non-core activities are closer to quasi-banking and include speculative derivatives trading on non-insurance firm balance sheets and the mismanagement of short-term funding. Therefore, the insurance industry can be considered systemically important. The regulatory reforms that have been unleashed are a part of important initiatives to reformulate the future landscape for finance, including the IAIS’s Insurance Core Principles (IAIS 2011a), the EU’s Solvency II Directive, and Basel III capital adequacy requirements. The identification of global systemically important insurers (G-SIIs) and the supervision of internationally active insurance groups (IAIGs) is also likely to place additional demands on regulators to address sub-optimal supervisory structures and prudential issues such as enhanced risk-based capital frameworks, and place greater regulatory focus on policyholder compensation schemes, group-wide supervision, and more coordinated resolution mechanisms.
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