PRA published a letter from David Rule (Executive Director, Insurance Supervision) to the Chairs of the Remuneration Committee of PRA-regulated insurers. The letter clarifies expectations of PRA from firms and Remuneration Committee Chairs in their implementation of the Solvency II remuneration requirements. The remuneration policies and practices of firms drive underwriting decisions, individual behavior, and organizational culture. This letter follows the PRA analysis of implementation by firms to date and highlights areas where firms would like further guidance. Insurers in the scope of the Solvency II regime must comply with requirements when setting remuneration policies and processes.
The key topics covered in the analysis include material risk-takers, variable remuneration, ex-post risk adjustment, and role of the Remuneration Committee. The analysis has concluded that there is a wide range of interpretations of the Solvency II remuneration requirements and that, while firms’ implementation of the rules has improved over time, inconsistencies in their approaches to implementation remain apparent. This is in line with the feedback received in the meetings with Remuneration Committee Chairs, which suggested an appetite for further clarification from PRA to help address these inconsistencies. The letter highlights that PRA will continue to focus on remuneration in the ongoing prudential supervision of firms. PRA will seek to address any inconsistencies in the interpretation of the Solvency II requirements and share any findings that may help to improve firms’ understanding. PRA will consider whether it is appropriate to provide more clarification or guidance for firms.
Related Link: Letter
Keywords: Europe, UK, Insurance, Solvency II, Remuneration Requirements, Operational Risk, Remuneration Committee, PRA
ECB published a decision allowing the euro area banks under its direct supervision to exclude certain central bank exposures from the leverage ratio.
ESAs launched a survey seeking feedback on the presentational aspects of product templates under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR or Regulation 2019/2088).
ECB published input of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) into the EBA feasibility report on reducing the reporting burden for banks in EU.
ECB finalized the guide on assessment methodology for the internal model method for calculating exposure to counterparty credit risk (CCR) and the advanced method for own funds requirements for credit valuation adjustment (A-CVA) risk.
EBA published an Opinion addressed to EC to raise awareness about the opportunity to clarify certain issues related to the definition of credit institution in the upcoming review of the Capital Requirements Directive and Regulation (CRD and CRR).
APRA is consulting on updates to ARS 210.0, the reporting standard that sets out requirements for provision of information on liquidity and funding of an authorized deposit-taking institution.
FED released hypothetical scenarios for a second round of stress tests for banks.
FED is proposing to temporarily revise the capital assessments and stress testing reports (FR Y-14A/Q/M) to implement the changes necessary to conduct stressed analysis in connection with the re-submission of capital plans, using data as of June 30, 2020.
FED adopted a proposal to extend for three years, with revision, the information collection under the market risk capital rule (FR 4201; OMB No. 7100-0314).
EBA published a voluntary online survey seeking input from credit institutions on their practices and future plans for Pillar 3 disclosures on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks.