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SEPA 2014 and Beyond: Generate the Efficiencies and Stay Engaged in the Debate

Javier Santamaría, European Payments Council (EPC) | 25 August

In this article, the European Payment Council’s (EPC) chair emphasises that the single euro payments Area (SEPA) remains a work in progress: European Union (EU) law defines the next SEPA deadlines as applicable in 2016. Corporates are encouraged to not stop at SEPA compliance, but to focus on generating the efficiencies. Last but not least, EU regulatory action intended to bring about ‘SEPA 2.0’ is now in the pipeline.

China: On its Way towards a Risk-based Insurance Solvency Regime

Dr Jianzhong Yao, ACR Capital Holdings | 18 July

Since China reopened its insurance markets in the 1980s, the Asian giant has become one of the fastest growing insurance markets in the world, with the nominal annual premium growth rate of the property and casualty (P&C) sector in the past 10 years reaching about 22%. According to industry figures, China’s premium volume of US$126bn ranked it as the third largest P&C market worldwide in 2013, only marginally behind Germany’s US$133bn (the US remains a distant leader with a P&C premium volume of US$726bn). As at the end of 2013, China’s total insurance assets amounted to US$1,338bn, of which US$177bn stemmed from the P&C sector.

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