April 03, 2019

PRA proposed (CP7/19) amendments to its expectations from firms investing in equity release mortgage portfolios. These amendments are related to Chapter 3 of the supervisory statement SS3/17 on matching adjustment under Solvency II and have been set out in the Appendix to CP7/19. The proposals aim to provide additional clarity on how PRA expects firms to conduct the Effective Value Test (EVT). The consultation closes on July 03, 2019 while the proposed implementation date for these amendments is December 31, 2019. Also published was a letter—from David Rule, the Executive Director of Insurance Supervision—highlighting key factors associated with the consultation.

CP7/19 is relevant to the insurance and reinsurance companies holding equity release mortgages. SS3/17 presents an EVT to help PRA determine whether firms appear to be taking inappropriately large matching adjustment benefit from the restructured equity release mortgage held within the matching adjustment portfolios. Earlier, in December 2018, PRA had revised SS3/17 to clarify its expectations about how firms could perform the EVT, with this policy taking effect from December 31, 2019. The policy statement PS31/18, which was issued alongside the revised SS3/17, noted that PRA would consult in 2019 on additional proposals. CP7/19 is now addressing these proposals, which are on the following topics:

  • Review and update of the deferment rate and volatility parameters
  • Treatment of assets other than equity release mortgages held by the special purpose vehicle used to restructure equity release mortgages
  • Treatment of equity release mortgage loans where the amount of principal and/or accrued interest at a given future date is uncertain
  • Frequency with which EVT would be assessed
  • Principles for assessing equity release mortgage risks in internal model Solvency Capital Requirements

 

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Comment Due Date: July 03, 2019

Effective Date: December 31, 2019 (Proposed)

Keywords: Europe, EU, Insurance, Solvency II, Equity Release Mortgage, CP7/19, Matching Adjustments, Effective Value Test, PRA

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