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Solvency II, or how to sweep the downside risk under the carpet

Stefan Weber

Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 2018, vol. 82, issue C, 191-200

Abstract: Under Solvency II the computation of capital requirements is based on value at risk (V@R). V@R is a quantile-based risk measure and neglects extreme risks in the tail. V@R belongs to the family of distortion risk measures. A serious deficiency of V@R is that firms can hide their total downside risk in corporate networks, unless a consolidated solvency balance sheet is required for each economic scenario. In this case, they can largely reduce their total capital requirements via appropriate transfer agreements within a network structure consisting of sufficiently many entities and thereby circumvent capital regulation. We prove several versions of such a result for general distortion risk measures of V@R-type, explicitly construct suitable allocations of the network portfolio, and finally demonstrate how these findings can be extended beyond distortion risk measures. We also discuss why consolidation requirements cannot completely eliminate this problem. Capital regulation should thus be based on coherent or convex risk measures like average value at risk or expectiles.

Keywords: Solvency II; Group risk; Corporate networks; Risk sharing; Distortion risk measures; Value at risk; Range value at risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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