Solvency II Fields

This whitepaper addresses the following openfunds fields:

OFST500010 Has Tripartite Report
OFST500012 Last Tripartite Report Date
OFST500020 SCR Market Interest Rate Up
OFST500022 SCR Market Interest Rate Down
OFST500031 SCR Market Equity Type I
OFST500032 SCR Market Equity Type II
OFST500040 SCR Market Property
OFST500045 SCR Market Spread Bonds
OFST500050 SCR Market Spread Structured
OFST500055 SCR Market Spread Derivatives Up
OFST500056 SCR Market Spread Derivatives Down
OFST500065 SCR Market FX Up
OFST500066 SCR Market FX Down

Solvency II and the Tripartite Report

The increased regulatory reporting requirements by the introduction of the Solvency II framework in 2016 had an immediate effect on the investment management industry. Fund managers need to provide high quality holding-level information of their portfolios to insurance companies. BVI in Germany, club AMPERE and The Investment Association in the UK have taken the initiative to develop the Tripartite Template (TPT) to assist fund managers in Solvency II reporting. The TPT contains reference and risk data of holdings within a fund’s share class. A share class rather than a fund view is necessary to e.g. capture currency risk adequately.

This white-paper introduces the fields of the openfunds format to allow asset managers to provide share class level risk information for Solvency II reporting based on the fields defined in the Tripartite Template. The current implementation of the openfunds SCR (Solvency Capital Requirements) fields reflects the version 3 of the Tripartite Template.

Note that in contrast to the TPT which is designed to be on a holdings level of a share class, the Solvency II fields of openfunds are specified on share class level. The two descriptive fields and eleven analytical fields contain a minimum level of information that allows for improved transparency under the Pillar III requirements of Solvency II. The openfunds fields are therefore not to be understood as an alternative to the established TPT standard but much more as ‘high-level’ fields: they provide information of the availability of the latest TPT report as well as aggregate SCR figures. By reducing the over 130 TPT fields on position level to 13 openfunds fields per share class, we compress information in a meaningful manner which improves transparency in the reporting process.

Descriptive Fields

The introduction of the openfunds fields “OFST500010 Has Tripartite Report” and “OFST500012 Last Tripartite Report Date” is necessary to allow for a high-level screening process of the availability and last update of a share class’s TPT report.

Analytical Fields

The eleven openfunds SCR fields are based on the definitions of the TPT template. In the TPT template all SCR fields are defined as a percentage of the total net assets of the portfolio. Hence, one can calculate the openfunds SCR figures of the share class by summing up the holding level SCR fields from the TPT.

To provide a background of an insurance company’s overall SCR calculation methodology consider the figure below.

The orange rectangle shows that only a subset of all SCR modules is covered by asset managers’ standard TPT report. Note that the SCR aggregation for the various sub-modules covered by the TPT can also be performed for share classes and not only on the aggregate company level. (The aggregation across sub-modules is however not as straight forward for a share class as discussed later.)

The “OFST500020 SCR Market Interest Rate Up” (“OFST500022 SCR Market Interest Rate Down“) openfunds field shows the aggregated capital requirement for the risk of an increase (decrease) in the term structure of interest rates for a given share class.

To obtain these two figures, the values in the following TPT’s columns have to be summed up “97_SCR_Mrkt_IR_up weight over NAV” (for “OFST500020 SCR Market Interest Rate Up”) and “98_SCR_Mrkt_IR_down weight over NAV” (for “OFST500022 SCR Market Interest Rate Down”). The details of the calculation is set out in Subsection 2 of Section 5 of the Delegated Regulation 2015/35.

The “OFST500031 SCR Market Equity Type I” and “OFST500032 SCR Market Equity Type II” fields represent the equity risk of the share class. Type I equities are defined as equities listed on regulated markets of countries from the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Developments (OECD). The corresponding SCR equals 39% plus the value of the symmetric adjustment. Type II equities are defined as equities listed on regulated markets of all other countries. Moreover, this category also contains commodities and other alternative investments. The capital charge for type II equities is equal to 49% plus the value of the symmetric adjustment. The details of the calculation are set out in Subsection 3 of Section 5 of the Delegated Regulation 2015/35. Furthermore, the Delegated Regulation 2016/467 introduced a third equity subtype called qualifying infrastructure equities. As the openfunds standard fields are reflecting the fields in the TPT version 3, this category is currently excluded. Further revision is expected to this field in accordance to changes of the TPT.

To obtain these two figures, the values in the following TPT’s columns have to be summed up “99_SCR_Mrkt_Eq_type1 weight over NAV” (for “OFST500031 SCR Market Equity Type I”) and “100_SCR_Mrkt_Eq_type2 weight over NAV” (for “OFST500032 SCR Market Equity Type II”).

The “OFST500040 SCR Market Property” field shows how the value of the share class would change as a result of an instantaneous decrease of 25% in the value of immovable properties of the portfolio.

To obtain this figure, the values in the TPT’s column “101_SCR_Mrkt_Prop weight over NAV” (for “OFST500040 SCR Market Property”) have to be summed up.

The “OFST500045 SCR Market Spread Bonds“, “OFST500050 SCR Market Spread Structured“, “OFST500055 SCR Market Spread Derivatives Up” and “OFST500056 SCR Market Spread Derivatives Down” fields show the spread risk of the share class based on different calculation methodologies for asset classes like bonds, loans, securitization positions and credit derivatives. The details of the calculation are described in Subsection 5 of Section 5 of the Delegated Regulation 2015/35.

To obtain these figures, the values in the following TPT’s columns have to be summed up “102_SCR_Mrkt_Spread_bonds weight over NAV” (for “OFST500045 SCR Market Spread Bonds”), “103_SCR_Mrkt_Spread_structured weight over NAV” (for “OFST500050 SCR Market Spread Structured”), “104_SCR_Mrkt_Spread_derivatives_up weight over NAV” (for “OFST500055 SCR Market Spread Derivatives Up”) and “105_SCR_Mrkt_Spread_derivatives_down weight over NAV” (for “OFST500056 SCR Market Spread Derivatives Down”).

OFST500065 SCR Market FX Up” and “OFST500066 SCR Market FX Down” fields show the foreign exchange risk of the share class based on Subsection 7 of Section 5 of the Delegated Regulation 2015/35. The risk figures are calculated based on the assumption that EUR is the accounting currency of the respective insurance company.

To obtain these two figures, the values in the following TPT’s columns have to be summed up “105a_SCR_Mrkt_FX_up weight over NAV” (for “OFST500065 SCR Market FX Up”) and “105b_SCR_Mrkt_FX_down weight over NAV” (for “OFST500066 SCR Market FX Down”).

It is important to note that the above SCR sub-modules are not aggregated into e.g. one market SCR number per share class. This is due to the fact that aggregation of the different sub-modules has to be performed on the company level and that an aggregation on share class level typically leads to a loss of information: a fund’s contribution to a company’s overall SCR has to be seen in a balance sheet context where all assets and liabilities along with potential diversification benefits need to be taken into account.
In the working paper “Solvency II Reporting: How to Interpret Funds’ Aggregate Solvency Capital Requirement Figure” by SolvencyAnalytics, a simple aggregation methodology of sub-module SCR figures into one SCR figure per share class and more importantly, its interpretation are provided. Interested readers may refer to the research section of SolvencyAnalytics’ website (http://solvencyanalytics.com/research/).

 

Document information

Title: Solvency II Fields
Author(s): Bryce Kovacs; SolvencyAnalytics
Daniel Niedermayer; SolvencyAnalytics
Balazs Mezofi; SolvencyAnalytics
Language: English
Confidentiality: Public

Revision History

Version Date Status Notice
1.0 2017-05-27 Draft First Version.
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