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Panthers get claws into life office regulation

The FSA this week outlined plans to radically overhaul life office regulation, including drafting in former senior industry executives dubbed “grey panthers” to provide expertise.

The move follows the critical internal report by Ronnie Baird into the regulator&#39s handling of Equitable Life.

The Tiner project – run by FSA managing director John Tiner – will tighten up solvency and life office reporting requirements. Life offices will be subject to more “proactive and challenging regulation than in the past”.

As recommended in the Baird review, the changes brought in by the Tiner project will tighten up existing solvency requirements such as the use of future profits, financial reinsurance, subordinated debt and contingent loans.

Life offices will have more onsite visits and the responsibilities of senior management will come under greater scrutiny. A full report on Tiner&#39s progress will be made by September 2002.

FSA managing director John Tiner says: “Supervisors need to be proactive, apply judgement, think laterally and use market knowledge to challenge behaviour and assertions of firms and act quickly wherever they identify a potential issue. This will amount to a major and radical overhaul of insurance regulation. Our new approach will boost the regulator&#39s ability to identify possible issues earlier on and nip problems in the bud.”


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Neil Jones is technical support manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team. Canada Life offers a range of wealth management solutions, including retirement income planning, estate planning and investment solutions from a choice of jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. The residential nil-rate band (RNRB) was first announced in […]


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