The word ‘change’ conjures up a myriad images and expectations. For some, it represents a threat. For others, it is possibility and potential. Which one it turns out to be for Swiss non-life insurers depends on how they grasp the need for transformation amid current challenges to the status quo.
Beginning in financial year 2016, Swiss insurance companies will have to meet new minimum disclosures requirements. The rules – set out in the FINMA circular 2016/02 "Offenlegung Versicherer" – are part of the Swiss regulators’ ongoing policy of bringing Swiss supervision into line with its European Union peers under the Solvency II equivalence framework.
Following the recent issue of a new FINMA circular on ORSA, KPMG Switzerland surveyed leading Swiss insurers to evaluate their response to the new requirements and assess preparedness to comply. Results varied significantly, but one thing is clear: there is still work to be done!