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Andrew Sweetmore

Head of Business Development for pensions and insurance, Andrew has over 20 years experience within this sector. Having previously worked as a pension Scheme Actuary in the UK, Andrew now leads our pensions and insurance team.

Recent Posts

Taxonomy 2.5.0 - what's new?

Dec 23, 2020 1:56:53 PM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in EIOPA Reporting, XBRL, QRT, Solvency II reporting, Taxonomy, EU, EIOPA

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As the year end approaches, it is time to review the changes in the taxonomy for EIOPA reporting which apply from Q4, 2020.

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Fund look-through – Currency Hedging

Dec 8, 2020 11:46:18 AM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in Solvency II reporting, FOREX Hedging, Fund look-through, Currency Hedging, FX Hedging, Currency Risk

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Many investment funds are currency hedged. This is where the foreign exchange risk is eliminated or “hedged” by derivatives in the investment portfolio. In the Solvency II framework, a fully currency hedged fund can reduce currency risk by up to 25% of the funds market value. However, because of market fluctuations these funds will not always be completely currency hedged. That’s why you should calculate currency risk on all underlying instruments when stress testing the fund content as part of the solvency capital requirement (SCR). Hedging instruments will offset the risk on other investments reducing overall currency risk. Note that the risk-mitigating effect of hedging instruments may also have a significant impact on counterparty risk.

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The secret to successful reporting – it’s in the cloud

Nov 24, 2020 5:01:20 PM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in EIOPA Reporting, Solvency II reporting, Cloud Software

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Software and applications are increasingly making use of cloud storage. Almost everyone makes use of this convenient technology in their everyday lives, whether it be to backup the data on their mobile phone or store photographs and other data.

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Navigating Solvency II

Oct 19, 2020 7:38:16 AM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in XBRL, QRT, Solvency II reporting, Delegated regulation, Implementing regulation

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The three-pillar structure of Solvency II will be familiar to many, with the different pillars representing the main areas covered by the regulations. The legislation and documentation which makes up Solvency II is detailed and complex. With many elements in play it can be difficult to understand how all the pieces fit together.

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What is the NACE code?

Aug 21, 2020 11:57:28 AM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in EIOPA Reporting, Solvency II reporting, NACE

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NACE  (for the French term “ N omenclature  statistique  des  A ctivités   économiques  dans la  C ommunauté   E uropéenne ”)  is a European standard for industry grouping widely used in statistic s . It   is required for  institutional reporting like Solvency II and EIOPA reporting  for pension schemes .   It comes from  EU Regulation 1893/2006 of the European Parlament  

What is NACE? 

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Solvency II - time to review?

Jul 7, 2020 11:36:06 AM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in XBRL, QRT, Solvency II reporting, Taxonomy

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Nearly five years has gone by since Solvency II came into force. What have we learnt, and where do we go from here?

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EIOPA and ECB reporting requirements

Oct 17, 2019 2:27:00 PM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in EIOPA Reporting

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A quick Google search for “EIOPA reporting for Pensions Schemes” brings up the Data Point Model and XBRL page on the EIOPA website. This page contains an enormous amount of information and can extremely useful for those of us who need to produce and validate the XBRL reports required by EIOPA and the ECB.

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Escali clients are ready for EIOPA reporting - are you?

Oct 11, 2019 2:42:00 PM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in EIOPA Reporting

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The Bergen City Council Pension Fund (BKP) is one of the largest pension funds in Norway. With assets of nearly EUR 2bn, BKP will be required to submit EIOPA's new reports for pension schemes from Q3, 2019. BKP have successfully reported to the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway as part of a test exercise. The pension fund is now well prepared to meet the reporting requirements.

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EIOPA reporting deferred in Ireland

Oct 4, 2019 11:00:07 AM / by Andrew Sweetmore posted in EIOPA Reporting

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Given a number of technical issues, the Pensions Authority has decided to defer the collection and reporting of data to EIOPA. Pension schemes will therefore not be required to submit EIOPA data separately to the Pensions Authority for a temporary period. This period is expected to be short.

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