Europe Insurer's Buffers May Give Share Buyback Hints: Chart

Solvency II ratios, a measure of European Union insurers’ ability to withstand shocks, may have an additional benefit for traders. The capital levels will also help investors gauge which insurers are best placed to return capital through dividends or share buybacks, according to Charles Graham, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in London. The EU introduced the stricter capital requirements for insurers in January. Reported ratios are not fully comparable as insurers can apply transitional measures and use internal models, Graham said.

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