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This paper compares solvency capital requirements under Solvency I and Solvency II for a sample mid-size insurance portfolio. According to the results of a study, changing the solvency capital regime from Solvency I to Solvency II will lead to a substantial additional solvency capital requirement that might represent a heavy burden for the company's shareholders. One way to reduce the capital requirement under Solvency II is to increase reinsurance protection, which will reduce the net retained risk exposure and hence also the solvency capital requirement. Therefore, this paper proposes an extended reinsurance structure that, under Solvency II, brings the capital requirement back to the level of that required under Solvency I. In a step-by-step approach, the paper demonstrates the extent of solvency relief attained by the insurer by applying different possible adjustments in the reinsurance structure. To evaluate the efficiency of reinsurance as the solvency capital relief instrument, the authors introduce a cost-of-capital based approach, which puts the achieved capital relief in relation to the costs of extending the reinsurance protection. This approach allows a direct comparison of reinsurance as a capital relief instrument with debt instruments available in the capital market. With the help of the introduced approach, the authors show that the best capital relief efficiency under all examined reinsurance alternatives is achieved when a financial quota share contract is chosen for proportional reinsurance.


“Gurenko, Eugene N.; Itigin, Alexander. 2013. Reinsurance as Capital Optimization Tool under Solvency II. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 6306. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/12188 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”



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The Reinsurance Research Council – Le Conseil de Recherche en Réassurance (RRC) is an organization representing the majority of professional property/casualty reinsurers registered in Canada. RRC conducts research into all lines of property/casualty reinsurance, presenting the view of members where appropriate and providing liaison with governments, the primary insurance market and other interested parties.

The objectives of the Council are as follows.


Carry out all manner of research and studies relating to the reinsurance industry in all its branches, other than life, and generally to promote all lawful interests of the members of the Council.


Represent the members of the Council on a national basis in the preparation of briefs, resolutions and recommendations and in the submissions of the same to governmental bodies and others


Promote and assist in maintaining high standards of service and ethical business practices in the reinsurance industry.


Develop and maintain cordial relations among the members of the Council, with kindred associations and organizations and with the public.

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