The Risk Dashboard presents EIOPA's quarterly risk assessment of the European Union insurance industry. With the implementation of the Solvency II regime in January 2016 substantial improvements as regards the risks' quantification and the reporting standards were introduced. The enhanced data of all (re)insurance undertakings subject to the Solvency II regime is the basis of the newly developed and improved analytical Risk Dashboard.
Risk Dashboard – Second quarter 2017
The results of the second quarter 2017 show that the risk exposure of the insurance sector in the European Union remains overall stable with some slight improvements in the solvency ratios of groups and life solo undertakings. Profitability of the sector has shown some positive signs both for life and non-life. Inflation rate forecast is decreasing inverting the positive trend observed till March 2017, whereas unemployment rates continue to decrease. Despite some positive developments, the continuing low-yield environment and the observation that market fundamentals might not properly reflect the underlying credit risk, are still important concerns for the European insurance industry. Recent natural catastrophe events have not yet been reflected in the data, therefore no impact on the industry is reflected at this stage. Market perception, driven by the outperformances of the insurance stocks and the reduction of the Credit Default Swap Spreads, improved. Ratings and rating outlooks remain stable.
This Risk Dashboard based on Solvency II data summarises the main risks and vulnerabilities in the European Union insurance sector through a set of risk indicators of the second quarter of 2017. This data is based on financial stability and prudential reporting collected from 93 insurance groups and 3,076 solo insurance undertakings.
- Reference date for company data is Q2-2017 (data extracted on 26/09/2017), while the cut-off date for most other indicators is end-September 2017
- Risk Levels are based on a 4-level scale from Low (green) to Very high (red). Risk trend reports the quarter on quarter variation of the risk based on a 5-level scale from Substantial Decrease to Large Increase.
- EIOPA Risk Dashboard – October 2017