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New EU Capital Market Rules To Ease Insurance Investment

Law360, London (March 8, 2019, 1:55 PM GMT) -- Insurers will be allowed to hold smaller reserves of capital before they invest in equity and private debt under new rules designed to encourage institutional investors to fuel the economy and reduce the bloc's reliance on banks, the European Commission said on Friday.

The European Union’s executive arm is easing the demands of the Solvency II directive, the EU’s capital rulebook, as it seeks to push institutional investors to help fund small and midsized businesses. The move will help align the prudential rules that govern insurers and the banking industry, and marks a watering-down of Europe’s controversial capital regime.

“Insurers were highlighting...

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