Looking For Balance In Principle-Based Reserving

Law360, New York (August 23, 2016, 12:20 PM EDT) -- Frederick J. Pomerantz

Aaron J. Aisen Since the financial crisis in 2008, financial institutions and their regulators have engaged in a difficult balancing act. On one hand, financial institutions need to be competitive and profitable in the 21st century. On the other hand, these institutions need to remain solvent and be able to meet their financial obligations to their customers. For insurance companies, these discussions are largely centered on required reserves and the ability to pay claims.

In recent years, life insurers have expressed concern that the current formulaic (or rule-based) methodology for calculating product reserves does not take into account...

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