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Insurance Company Analysis

Fitch Learning
Course summary
3 days
2,995 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Next available date: 14/07/2021 - Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

Insurance Company Analysis

The overall goal of this three-day, intermediate course is to provide a systematic approach to the credit risk and financial strength analysis of life insurance, non-life insurance and reinsurance companies.

With the threat of a pandemic and global recession, the potential impact on the insurance industry, either from elevated claims experience or capital market volatility, makes it essential more than ever to understand how to undertake a structured analysis of the key risks faced by both life and non-life companies.

Live Online Training

Since 2003, Fitch Learning’s industry experts have been delivering world-renowned virtual training programs to learners across the globe. Benefits include:

  • World-class video conferencing technology
  • Fully interactive, engage and network with peers using break out rooms, quizzes and polls
  • On-hand technical support team throughout
  • Attend from anywhere, across four time zones
  • Save time and costs on travel

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • Equity, fixed income and credit analysts
  • Insurance company treasury officers and staff
  • Insurance brokers and security analysts
  • Investment managers
  • Commercial and investment bankers
  • Bank risk, portfolio and relationship managers
  • Supervisors
  • Lawyers
  • Insurance company public relations
  • Corporate communications officers

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Credits: 24 CPD pts.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply a structured approach to identify key risks and mitigants when transacting with insurance and reinsurance companies, and to appreciate the main methods of capital-raising by insurers
  • Appreciate how economic, competitive and regulatory issues impact the risk profile, performance and financial health of an insurance company
  • Analyze financial statements in the context of differing accounting standards and reporting practices
  • Understand the business and financial risks inherent in the life and non-life insurance and reinsurance industries
  • Use qualitative and quantitative analysis and market indicators to distinguish strong and weak performers by sector and to detect early warning signals of deteriorating financial strength

Training Course Content

Day One

Analytic Overview

A structured approach to the credit analysis of insurance and reinsurance companies and an overview of how insurance companies are assessed by different market observers – Supervisors, Ratings Agencies, Debt and Equity investors.

  • Purpose/payback model: A structured approach to credit analysis and its applicability to insurance and reinsurance companies; why insurance companies borrow/issue debt (Purpose) and how it is repaid (Payback); double leverage
  • Case study: Evaluating payback sources for a major international insurance group
  • Insurance ratings: Insurer Financial Strength and credit ratings, rating of group members, derivation of various “issue ratings” from the issuer’s Insurance Financial Strength rating; PD and LGD
  • Use of debt and equity market indicators to highlight possible concerns

Operating Environment

A review of the key macro-economic, regulatory and sector trends which may impact adversely or favorably on certain insurers and business lines.

Macroeconomic and sector issues

  • Investment cycles: Stock, property and credit market levels and their volatility
  • Causes of recent fluctuations in strength of the life, non-life and reinsurance sectors
  • Underwriting cycles in various markets
  • Mortality, morbidity and longevity trends
  • Climate change; trends in insured losses from catastrophes
  • Impact of inflation and cultural changes in litigation
  • Non-life reserving issues: Redundancy or deficiency; asbestosis and environmental liabilities
  • Competitive factors: Market fragmentation; penetration levels in emerging vs. mature markets

Regulation and supervision

  • Overview of EU Solvency II and US Risk Based Capital regulation; Solvency II, Pillar 3 Solvency and Financial Condition Reports
  • SII group supervision, solvency and equivalence

Day Two

Financial Fundamentals

The derivation from the financial statements of key indicators for assessing financial strength and performance of life and non-life insurers against appropriate benchmarks.

Statement logic

  • Review of key items in financial statements
  • Key accounting methods and uses: supervisory returns, embedded value reporting for life companies, GAAP, IFRS (including overview of IFRS 17 insurance contracts and IFRS 9 hedge accounting for insurers)
  • Items subject to management discretion: write-downs, IFRS Fair Value hierarchy, temporary and permanent impairments, reserving for IBNR claims (non-life) and for investment guarantees (life)

Business risk

  • Underwriting risk: Assessing the quality and diversity of the underwriting portfolio, loss, expense and combined ratios
  • Non-life reserve adequacy: Loss reserve development triangles, calendar year vs. accident year analysis, survival ratios etc.
  • Catastrophe and reinsurance risk: Degree of reinsurance utilization; adequacy of reinsurance cover, credit and dispute risk
  • Case study: Assessing underwriting risk for an international composite insurance company
  • Investment risk: Quality and liquidity of the investment portfolio, asset and liability matching, cost of investment guarantees, use of derivatives for hedging, concentration risks; Asset Liability Management stress testing disclosures
  • Investment returns: Inclusion of realized and unrealized gains and losses, investment return requirements of the life and non-life insurance businesses
  • Life insurance risks: Persistency, mortality and expenses
  • Case study: Assessing investment risk for an international composite insurance company

Day Three

Financial Fundamentals (continued)

Performance measurement

  • Diversity and stability of income: Profitability measures and benchmarks
  • Embedded value techniques for measuring and analysing life profitability, profit margins on new business

Financial risk

  • Liquidity: Operating cash flow, liquidity of investments, liquidity shocks
  • Capital adequacy: Regulatory solvency coverage; stress testing; quality and fungibility of capital; tangible vs. intangible capital; non-risk-based capital measures: operating leverage, asset and liability leverage
  • Financial leverage, interest cover, use of hybrid capital, refinancing risk, debt servicing ability, total commitments including off-balance sheet
  • Case study: Assessing Financial Risk – leverage, solvency and liquidity – for an international composite insurance company
  • Exercise: Key financial indicators for strong and weak life companies

Management and Early Warning Signals

A structured approach to assessing management; implications of the ownership structure; and early warning signals of credit deterioration.

Management

  • Significance of ownership: Mutuals, public, state and private companies
  • Framework for assessing management, strategy and governance risk

Early warning signals

  • Recognizing financial and non-financial indicators of distress
  • Accounting discrepancies: Areas to check and questions to ask
  • Case study: A well-rated non-life insurer which failed. Quantitative and qualitative signs of weakness

Structure

Review of rating agency approach to hybrid debt types; overview of non-life and life securitisation markets.

  • Hybrid capital securities: Structure and type of capital issued; impact on credit standing and other concerns; regulatory and rating agency tolerances for hybrid capital
  • Insurance-linked securities: Securitization of catastrophe risks and of embedded value; use of Insurance SPVs and sidecars; longevity risk mitigation

Why choose Fitch Learning

93% would recommend

Over 1,600 clients worldwide

CPD recognized

Expenses

The cost of this course includes a light breakfast, lunch and two additional refreshment breaks during each day of the course.

In-house training

Fitch Learning can also deliver this course as in-house training for your company, anywhere in the world. Tailored courses by Fitch Learning are designed to reflect your goals at both a corporate and a team level and help meet your specific training requirements.

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Fitch Learning

Live Online Training Since 2003, Fitch Learning’s industry experts have been delivering world-renowned virtual training programs to learners across the globe. Benefits include: World-class video conferencing technology  Fully interactive, engage and network with peers using break out rooms, quizzes and...


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Reviews

Average rating 5

Based on 9 reviews.

Seena
(5)
The course was very insightful, useful and well structured. It really helped improve my overall knowledge - I definitely feel more confident. Seena Patel, Clydesdale Bank
Rahul
(5)
A very interesting experience - the trainer had a lot of knowledge and experience and was an excellent teacher. Rahul Vaidyanath, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
J.N.
(5)
Very thorough course providing excellent coverage of the major issues facing the industry and the major points to look at when analysing risks. J. Nash, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
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