Dublin, 16 July 2014
George McCutcheon discusses PRIIPs, ongoing charges and soft commissions in The Actuarial Post. According to a paper published by Financial Risk Solutions (FRS), Life Insurers need to spend more money on performance analytics to support the risk management function of their business and meet the oversight requirements of pending Solvency II.

In the Solvency II world, there will be increased focus on management reporting and analytics. This is partly driven by Article 132 of the Solvency II Directive, which requires that companies only invest in assets and instruments that can be properly identified, measured, monitored, managed, controlled and reported. This means fundamental changes to how Risk Management and Compliance functions are carried out and will require an increase in spending on risk and performance analytics in order to improve their capabilities in this area.

QRT reporting, a specific asset-reporting requirement will entail real granular detail, regardless of whether company outsources or manages the fund administration internally and asset-reporting solutions around risk and reporting data will be key to meeting this requirement. The solutions should be browser-based with the capability to either look directly into the primary investment system or to deploy tools that operate from data from the primary investment system and market vendor data sources.

As well as meeting requirements within a solvency II world, enhanced data transparency will assist insurance companies in evaluating their risk-reward profiles in investment decision-making, which will also assist managers of fund-of-funds in selecting an appropriate range of asset managers and investment funds.

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About Financial Risk Solutions (FRS)

Financial Risk Solutions Ltd (FRS) is a leading provider of unit pricing and investment administration software specifically designed for the Life Assurance industry. It was founded in 1999 by actuaries and IT specialists and is one of the leading software providers in its sector.

Its Invest|Pro™ product suite is a recognised leading benchmark in the life assurance investment administration market and clients are some of the biggest brands in Life Assurance and Third Party Administration including Accenture Insurance Services, MetLife, and IFDS.

Invest|Pro™ is a modular software system for investment administration that can manage unit pricing and portfolio valuations, asset/liability unit matching, box management, trade order management, investment accounting, financial reporting and compliance with investment mandates in a single application. Product types covered include unit-linked funds, portfolio bonds, self-invested/directed pensions, shareholder funds and with-profit funds.

For more information visit http://www.frsltd.com