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Art Anselm Kiefer: Transcendent Myth and Postmodern Vision

Anselm Kiefer: Transcendent Myth and Postmodern Vision

Anselm Kiefer is renowned for his use of unusual and evocative material and the dense texture and size of his paintings and constructions. He uses a range of methods and materials that give his work a relief-like density which, combined with the impressive size of the works, results in some [...]

Business Solvency II Assets Valuation Methodology Debate

Solvency II Assets Valuation Methodology Debate

There is quite a lot of noise amongst thought leaders on the asset side of the fence when it comes to ‘valuation methodology’ which is a data element needed for Solvency II reporting. For this field insurers are forced to choose from a closed list of possible values, being: Quoted [...]

Politics The Mid-eastern Roots of Western Democracy

The Mid-eastern Roots of Western Democracy

It was not the rediscovery of Greek thought that brought equality, human rights and democracy to Modern Europe, but the re-thinking of Monotheistic ideas that leveled both civil and religious hierarchy and made thinking democracy possible. Europe’s debt is to a North African-Iberian Jew, exiled in Holland, by the name [...]

Technology Big Data for a Small World: SMEIoT

Big Data for a Small World: SMEIoT

The world is a great big database and algorithmic wizards and mad data scientists are burning the midnight oil to mine the perplexing infinities of ubiquitous data points. Their goal is to put data to use to facilitate better governance, initiate pinpoint marketing campaigns, pursue revelatory academic research and improve [...]

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Big Data for a Small World: SMEIoT
Technology

Big Data for a Small World: SMEIoT

The world is a great big database and algorithmic wizards and mad data scientists are burning the midnight oil to mine the perplexing infinities of ubiquitous data points. Their goal is to put data to use to facilitate better governance, initiate pinpoint marketing campaigns, pursue revelatory academic research and improve [...]

Solvency II Processes and End State Financial Reporting
Business / Regulation & Compliance

Solvency II Processes and End State Financial Reporting

With the somewhat softer preparatory or interim phase fast approaching this provides a not to be missed opportunity to look at how well optimized insurers processes really are. Given unlimited time most can probably produce a set of numbers that are broadly palatable but given the same challenge with considerably [...]

MEP – Member of the Eurosceptic Parliament?
Business / Regulation & Compliance

MEP – Member of the Eurosceptic Parliament?

Across Europe, established political parties, and their candidates, were given a rough ride on 25 May as the 2014 European Election results emerged. A long night has been followed by much soul-searching as leaders from all the major nations were forced on to the defensive over their stance on the [...]

Solvency II Assets Reporting – Chasing the Data
Business / Regulation & Compliance

Solvency II Assets Reporting – Chasing the Data

Insurers across the EEA are working towards implementing the EIOPA preparatory phase requirements comprising 2014 year end and Q3 2015 for a limited subset of the Solvency II Quantitative Reporting Templates (QRTs). From 2016 other more interesting and technical challenges exist particularly in relation to look-through and firms should ideally [...]

Operational Risk: Is Your Data Good Enough?
Business

Operational Risk: Is Your Data Good Enough?

What is the biggest single issue in risk? I have worked with clients all over the world – banks, insurers, hedge funds, asset managers and they all ask about methodologies, reporting, instrument pricing models, Monte Carlo engine capabilities and they are important. But underpinning all other risk management is the [...]