December 2011 Insurance Briefing: Interest Rate Environment

December 2011 Insurance Briefing: Interest Rate E...

With the pace of change in the global economy, it is hard to stay current on the business trends and developments impacting the insurance industry. Insurance Briefing has been created as a vehicle to bring timely briefings and insights that will help insurance professionals make more informed business decisions. Our ambition is to be highly relevant and publish issues when there is a need for perspective on significant events that are shaping the insurance sector.

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Historically low interest rates are compelling boards and management of insurance companies across industry sectors to take a forward-looking and proactive approach to managing their business operations and risks. Although outright solutions are elusive due to the convergence of economic, financial, and regulatory forces shaping the industry landscape, we offer a number of ideas that, taken collectively or individually, may mitigate the impact of persistently low rates. The approach we offer may be best viewed across four inter-related dimensions, involving risk management imperatives, the organization’s asset-portfolio strategy, its product-portfolio strategy, and its operating model.

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