Enterprise Risk Management And The Smaller Insurer Nov 07

  • ID: 1833365
  • November 2007
  • Standard & Poors
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Standard & Poor's Ratings Services introduced enterprise risk management (ERM) as one of the eight main categories of its analysis of insurers in October 2005. Prior to that, however, risk management had always been the focus of the analysis, although in a less explicit form. This is because risk is at the heart of what insurers do and what Standard & Poor's assesses in its credit ratings. For most insurers, ERM resulted in a reorganization of pre-existing analysis rather than the introduction of many new requirements. Since the introduction, ERM evaluation has provided a more disciplined tool to understand how the insurer manages its risks as part of the rating rationale. ERM is substantially aligned with Solvency II in Europe...

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