Corporate governance principles

The impact of the financial crisis on the insurance sector and policy responses


Date of publication
23 February 2011


Browse online for free or buy a paper copy

Access for subscribers to iLibrary

Access for government officials with OLIS accounts 

Access by password for accredited journalists


This special report assesses the impact of the crisis on the insurance sector and reviews policy responses within OECD countries. It is based to a large extent on a quantitative and qualitative questionnaire that was circulated to OECD countries in 2009. The report shows that generally the insurance sector demonstrated resilience to the crisis, though with some variation across the OECD, and concludes with a number of policy conclusions.


Table of contents

  • Impact of the financial turmoil (pdf)
    - Key balance sheet and investment indicators
    - Premiums
    - Claims
  • Combined ratio
    - Profitability
    - Solvency
    - Impact of the crisis on credit insurance markets
    - Interpretation of statistical data
  • Governmental and supervisory responses to the crisis in the insurance sector
    - Liquidity and short-term financing arrangements and the special case of AIG
    - Capital levels and arrangements
    - Corporate governance, risk management, investments, and reporting and disclosure groups and financial conglomerates
    - Policy holder protection schemes, restructuring and insolvency regimes
    - Credit insurance markets
  • Key policy and regulatory issues in the insurance sector
  • Key policy conclusions from the crisis
  • Policy and regulatory responses to the financial crisis 



Related Documents