Insurance and Issues in Financial Soundness

Author/Editor:

Udaibir S Das ; Richard Podpiera ; Nigel Davies

Publication Date:

July 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper explores insurance as a source of financial system vulnerability. It provides a brief overview of the insurance industry and reviews the risks it faces, as well as several recent failures of insurance companies that had systemic implications. Assimilation of banking-type activities by life insurers appears to be the key systemic vulnerability. Building on this experience and the experience gained under the FSAP, the paper proposes key indicators that should be compiled and used for surveillance of financial soundness of insurance companies and the insurance sector as a whole.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/138

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451856002/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1382003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

44

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