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The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has recently provided feedback to the industry on the first batch of published Solvency and Financial Condition Reports (SFCRs). The findings are based on observations from a sample of the 2016 group SFCRs and also from similar reviews of solo SFCRs by various national supervisors.
In order to support the industry in preparing future SFCRs, EIOPA has published a Supervisory Statement with its findings. It should be noted, however, that the findings are nonbinding on companies. Nonetheless it is reasonable to expect that supervisors might expect the industry to at least consider these findings when drafting their next reports.
This blog post outlines some of the highlights from the supervisor’s feedback:
• Where a reporting item is not applicable, it is important to have a clear indication that the information is not applicable. Examples would include pointing out that an internal model, the matching adjustment or the volatility adjustment are not applicable for a given company.
• Companies should take care in setting the content and language styles of the reports, particularly the Summary section. Policyholders should be the main addressees of the Summary, and EIOPA has outlined the minimum content it expects to see in this section of the report. The remaining sections can be addressed to analysts and investors, so it is not expected that legislative definitions or detailed requirements need to be explained in the main body of the SFCR.
• While it is good practice to include Quantitative Reporting Templates (QRTs) in the Appendix to the SFCR, it should not prevent companies from including quantitative information in the body of the report. If appropriate, parts of the QRTs should be repeated or complemented by the narrative information in the SFCR.
• It is expected that the sensitivity to different scenarios or stresses is disclosed in a structured format. Within the chapter on Risk Profile, information on the overall impact should be provided under each risk section.
• EIOPA would like to see more undertaking-specific information regarding valuation of investments, valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities and valuation of technical provisions.
• Within the section on Valuation of Technical Provisions, the SFCR should provide a description of the level of uncertainty in the calculations. The degree of uncertainty should be at least linked to the assumptions underlying the calculation, such as economic and noneconomic assumptions, future management actions and future policyholder behaviour.
• Undertakings should also include comparative information against the previous year’s submission in certain areas of their 2017 SFCRs. EIOPA recommends that companies provide comparative information in table format as much as possible. Qualitative information on material differences between two reporting years is also expected to be included in the report.
Companies should, where possible, bear this feedback in mind when preparing their next SFCRs.