IAIS published its newsletter for March 2020. This edition of the newsletter highlights the steps that IAIS can take to provide operational relief to its member supervisors, insurers, and other stakeholders, while continuing to further a globally coordinated supervisory response in support of the maintenance of financial stability.
The IAIS Executive Committee conference held call on March 26 to discuss the activities of IAIS and the impact of COVID-19 on the global insurance sector. The Executive Committee agreed on the the initial adjustments to the IAIS work program to provide operational relief to its member supervisors, insurers, and other stakeholders. This included utilizing the framework it has developed in recent years for forward-looking risk assessment, reviewing and adjusting the timelines for the data collection for the Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) confidential reporting in 2020 as well as the Aggregation Method data collection, and postponing the development of supporting material (Issues Papers and Application Papers providing guidance on supervisory practices), with public consultations generally deferred by at least six months. The Executive Committee also
- Approved the Level 2 Document-Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) Version 2.0 for the monitoring period, for publication
- Adopted the Issues Paper on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
- Approved the publication of the 2019 Global Insurance Market Report (GIMAR) and the special topic focus of the 2020 GIMAR
- Discussed measures to encourage progress by group-wide supervisors in the public identification of Internationally Active Insurance Groups (IAIGs)
- Discussed the preliminary findings from the IAIS survey on LIBOR transition in the insurance sector
- Endorsed the recommendations set forth in the report delivered by the Cyber Underwriting Small Group, and approved the Process for the 2021-2022 Roadmap development
Among other notable developments during the month was the February meeting of the Implementation and Assessment Committee. The Committee reviewed and approved the project plan for the SIF/IAIS Application Paper on climate risk in the insurance sector an the project plan for the Application Paper on macro-prudential supervision.
Keywords: International, Insurance, Newsletter, COVID-19, Work Plan 2020, Data Collection, Climate Change Risk, ESG, ICS Version 2, IAIS
BCBS amended the guidelines on sound management of risks related to money laundering and financing of terrorism (ML/FT).
EBA finalized the guidelines on treatment of structural foreign-exchange (FX) positions under Article 352(2) of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).
FSB published a statement on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on global benchmark transition.
IAIS published the list of Internationally Active Insurance Groups (IAIGs) publicly disclosed by group-wide supervisors.
FED has temporarily revised the reporting form on consolidated financial statements for holding companies (FR Y-9C; OMB No. 7100-0128).
EC launched a consultation on the review of the key elements of Solvency II Directive, with the comment period ending on October 21, 2020.
ECB launched a consultation on the guide that sets out supervisory approach to consolidation projects in the banking sector.
PRA published a letter that builds on the expectations set out in the supervisory statement (SS3/19) on enhancing banks' and insurers' approaches to managing the financial risks from climate change.
US Agencies (Farm Credit Administration, FDIC, FED, FHFA, and OCC) finalized changes to the swap margin rule to facilitate implementation of prudent risk management strategies at banks and other entities with significant swap activities.
IAIS published technical specifications, questionnaires, and templates for 2020 Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) and Aggregation Method data collections.