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Applying lessons learnt from deficiencies in the basel accords to Solvency II

Johann Jacobs, Gary van Vuuren
Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences | Vol 6, No 2 | a262 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jef.v6i2.262 | © 2018 Johann Jacobs, Gary van Vuuren | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 June 2018 | Published: 31 July 2013

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Johann Jacobs, School of Economics, North-West University, South Africa
Gary van Vuuren, School of Economics, North-West University, South Africa

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Solvency II is the new European Union (EU) legislation that will review the capital adequacy regime for the insurance industry. Considerable progress has been made in the banking sector with the implementation of the Basel Accords (Basel). The implementation of Solvency II, therefore, brings with it an opportunity for the insurance industry to assess the successes, weaknesses and shortcomings experienced by the banking sector's implementation of Basel so as to learn from them and ensure that Solvency II's implementation duplicates the successes and avoids the failures of Basel's. This article critically explores weaknesses and failures of Basel which were exacerbated and/or exploited by the financial crisis of 2007-2010 and provides advice on how these might be mitigated or avoided in the implementation of Solvency II.


basel, banks; regulatory capital; Solvency II; financial crisis; insurance; regulation


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