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European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

Solvency requirements on investments


Article number:  327

Special purpose vehicles shall invest all their assets in accordance with all of the following requirements:

(a) with respect to the whole portfolio of assets, special purpose vehicles shall only invest in assets and instruments whose risk the special purpose vehicle can properly identify, measure, monitor, manage, control and report;

(b) assets shall be invested in such a manner as to ensure the security, quality, liquidity and profitability of the portfolio as a whole. In addition the localisation of those assets shall be such as to ensure their availability;

(c) all assets shall be invested in a manner appropriate to the nature and duration of the special purpose vehicle's liabilities. All assets shall be invested in the best interest of the insurance and reinsurance undertakings transferring risks to the special purpose vehicle;

(d) the use of derivative instruments shall be possible insofar as they contribute to a reduction of risks or facilitate efficient portfolio management;

(e) investments and assets which are not admitted to trading on a regulated financial market shall be kept to prudent levels;

(f) assets shall be properly diversified in such a way as to avoid excessive reliance on any particular asset, issuer or group of undertakings, or geographical area and excessive accumulation of risk in the portfolio as a whole;

(g) investments in assets issued by the same issuer, or by issuers belonging to the same group, shall not expose the special purpose vehicle to excessive risk concentration.


RULEBOOK TOPIC:  SECTION 5 - Solvency requirements


Last update on:  03 May 2021