Risk and Actuarial Change Training

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We have officially entered the Solvency II Preparatory Phase, in which the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment, Governance, Internal Model Approval Process and Regulatory Reporting are high on the agenda! Furthermore the IAIS released its consultation on the ICS (the global Insurance Capital Standard / ComFrame). Solvency II could be aligned with ICS in the 2018 review... We see that insurance companies are working hard to meet the Preparatory Phase requirements as well as to get ready for full Solvency II implementation as of 1 Jan 2016. Furthermore insurance companies that are applying for (partial) internal model application, have submitted their partial internal model submissions to their regulator in April 2015, and are awaiting feedback.

Solvency II Delegated Acts were published in the Official Journal on 17th January, and entered into force on 18th January. Although there are tons of paper to read through, and firms are getting their actuarial and risk functions ready for the future, there are still some key topics which still lack some clarity in the market. To leverage from the experience from top experts in these areas we planned a Risk and Actuarial Change training, on 8 to 10 June 2015 in Vienna, Austria. This Training will focus on the latest developments, the hot topics and gives a good overview of current market status.

Although the title might suggest differently, this training has been delivered to around 2.000 professionals in the insurance sector over the last years with a background ranging from auditors to transaction specialists, tax experts to controllers, IT consultants and Asset Managers, and of course actuaries and risk managers.

In this setup we combine basic content and advanced topics to allow individuals from both clients and EY to participate only for those modules they are interested in.

The training program consist of six blocks of four hours each in three consecutive days covering a range of topics that are most relevant in the area of Insurance Regulation and Risk Transformation. The sessions are aimed to have an interactive character, with case studies and discussions that have a central position.


Day 1, June 8, 2015
09.00 – 13.00 (Module A)
Models and methods – calculating your MCBS and SCR under Solvency II
14.00 – 18.00 (Module B)
Audit, Finance & Control of the future

Day 2, June 9, 2015
09.00 – 13.00 (Module C)
Risk management policies, practices and effectiveness – putting the ORSA in practice
14.00 – 18.00 (Module D)
Enterprise risk management and risk transformation

Day 3, June 10, 2015
09.00 – 13.00 (Module E)
External reporting and data management 
14.00 – 18.00 (Module F)
Data quality and IT in the new regulatory environment

A. Models and methods – calculating your MCBS and SCR under Solvency II: 8 June 09.00 – 13.00
In the new regulatory environment that insurance companies are facing, there is a strong focus on market value and risk based capital. During this module, we will discuss the main balance sheet items that are affected by the transition towards market (consistent) values – the market consistent balance sheet (MCBS). We will set out the approach to derive the own fund items and the restrictions that can be applicable. Next we will discuss the treatment of the different assets and liabilities under the Solvency II Standard Formula framework, and how the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) should be derived. Furthermore the challenges that insurance companies face when performing the Group consolidation will be discussed.

Agenda module A

  • Market Consistent Balance Sheet
  • Own funds
  • SCR calculation
  • Group consolidation

Following this training module, participants should be able to get a better understanding of their figures, including the MCBS and the SCR. The module is designed for those working in the insurance industry, accountants, risk managers, actuaries as well as middle or senior management.

B. Audit, Finance & Control of the future: 8 June 14.00 – 18.00
In the last decade there has become an increased demand for risk and capital information in financial statements (economic values, market consistent values). These values are not realized gains or losses but values based on future cash flow projections, estimated and sometimes subjective parameters, model choice, (risk)data vendor selection et cetera. The range of possible reasonable outcomes could be, as a result, quite large. Is there a need for different view on 'right or wrong', and hence on materiality?

During this module an overview is given in relation to the Market Consistent Balance Sheet (MCBS) and Economic Capital (EC). EIOPAs view on external assurance will be discussed in relation to the MCBS and EC. Following this, the concept of derived value of change (DVOC) is set out, which can help to evaluate modelling differences. This module will help you dealing with three important questions to ask yourself:

  • Is your current audit approach sufficient for auditing economic values and risk model outcomes?
  • Does your internal audit department possess sufficient and appropriate expertise to do this? Are there enough people who are able to interpret outcomes of mathematical models?
  • Are the ‘new’ values and risk metrics accepted within the organization? Quality alone is not enough.

Agenda module B

  • EIOPA view on external assurance
  • Sensitivities Market Consistent Balance Sheet (MCBS) and Economic Capital
  • Materiality background
  • Derived value of change (DVOC) concept
  • Model materiality, model uncertainty and parameter uncertainty
  • SCR controls and Profit & Loss attribution

C. Risk management policies, practices and effectiveness- putting the ORSA in practice: 9 June 09.00 – 13.00
During this module we will discuss the ORSA Process and Report in detail, including emerging leading practices.

Agenda module C

ORSA Policy – framework and lessons learned

  • Governance requirements for the ORSA Process
  • ORSA Process requirements
  • Risk management, strategy and capital management for the ORSA report
  • Standard Formula and the individual Risk Profile
  • Future MCBS and Capital projections
  • Scenario setting and performing stress testing
  • IMAP and Supervisory instruments

D. Enterprise Risk management and risk transformation: 9 June 14.00 – 18.00
There is hardly any value in having a risk management framework and capability if it is not effective in operation. Most major insurance territories have explicit or implied requirements for having effective systems of governance and effective management of risk. The degree of supervisory pressure/focus on demonstrating compliance varies considerably throughout the world. Regulatory developments suggest a desire to have improved effectiveness but they are not always fully aligned / transparent. The latest guidance from EIOPA emphasizes the high-level “effectiveness” requirement. Both information and action are critical. Even in the absence of regulatory pressure, why would CEOs not want more effective management of risk? During this training module, we will go into detail regarding the integration of risk management.

Agenda module D

  • Integration of risk management
  • Risk process alignment
  • Risk Transformation
  • Structural reform and optimization
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

E. External reporting and data management: 10 June 09.00 – 13.00
The Solvency II reporting requirements are very demanding, with data requirements that are going far beyond what was asked for under Solvency I regulation. Currently all across the market insurance companies have started with their own reporting and data management projects. This module will give an overview of how insurance companies are actually dealing with these new requirements and challenges that need to be overcome. The basic Solvency II Pillar 3 requirements are assumed to be known by participants. During the training program a parallel will be made with the IFRS 4 reporting. Through a case study you will have ‘hands on’ experience on the reporting requirements.

Agenda module E

  • Pillar 3 requirements
  • Narrative reporting in SFCR/RSR
  • Quantitative Reporting Templates (QRTs)
  • Analysis of Change
  • Comparison with IFRS 4
  • Case Study: Reporting requirements
  • Pillar 3 challenges & project approach

F. Data quality and IT in the new regulatory environment: 10 June 14.00 – 18.00
In this module we will discuss the data quality and IT in the new regulatory environment. What does this means for your business? And what do you need to get your data ‘in control’? We will demonstrate data quality tools and our data governance approach, based on real world cases. This will give you practical guidance that you can apply in your daily practice.

Agenda module F

  • Data quality requirements
  • Internal controls and dealing with Excel usage and other EUC
  • IT aspects for data quality
  • Getting ‘in control’ of your data
  • Market insights & challenges
  • Demonstration: Data quality tools and data governance approach
  • Reporting systems and data vendor survey

Target group

Each module is designed for all individuals active in the insurance industry. Auditors, controllers, risk managers, actuaries as well as middle or senior management. Even when one topic is not your core focus, having learned the key take aways significantly improve the needed cooperation between the various professions.

The training is also interesting for those employed at banks, pension funds or asset/investment managers given the similarities with Basel II for banks, the potential developments of risk based regulation for pension funds across Europe as well as the impact of Solvency II on asset managers and other asset service providers.

The training modules go beyond the materials covered in the Solvency II training program we have organized for 8 years, and overlap between our Solvency II training program and Risk and Actuarial Change Training program is limited.

Inhouse training

Upon request, we organize the modules set out above, as well as the Solvency II Complete training and the Solvency II Advanced training that we have organized in previous years in house. This way we can further tailor the training program to your needs. Please contact us directly for more details.

The general EY training conditions are applicable on these training modules.

Note that the content of the training modules set out on this website gives an indication of the topics covered. EY has the liberty to make minor changes to the actual content covered, for example to take account of the latest changes in insurance regulations.