The Implications of the China Risk-Oriented Solvency System on the Life Insurance Market
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AbstractThe China Risk-Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS) was fully implemented in 2016. We analyse the effects of C-ROSS on the financial position, product mix and asset allocation of life insurers in the Chinese insurance market. Based on a data set of 66 life insurers, we find that the solvency position of life insurers specialising in writing long-term traditional life products with heavy protection elements improves under C-ROSS, but that the insurers are more vulnerable to decreases in interest rates. In contrast, the solvency position of life insurers specialising in writing short-term endowments and high cash value products deteriorates. C-ROSS also incentivises life insurers to consider asset–liability duration matching, accounting classification of fixed-income assets and underlying risks of equity investments when formulating their investment strategies. Life insurers may find it difficult to manage interest rate risk under C-ROSS due to the lack of available long-term bonds in the Chinese financial market. A stock market boom has a slightly negative effect on life insurers’ solvency ratios, and most life insurers can survive a severe market crash due to the pro-cyclical component embedded in the minimum capital requirements.
Acceptance Date19/07/2017
All Author(s) ListDerrick W. H. Fung, David Jou, Ai Ju Shao, Jason J. H. Yeh
Journal nameGeneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice
Volume Number43
Issue Number4
Pages615 - 632
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChina Risk-Oriented Solvency System, risk-based supervision, insurance industry

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