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The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Insurance Sector and Policy Responses

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This special report assesses the impact of the crisis on the insurance sector and reviews policy responses within OECD countries. It is based to a large extent on a quantitative and qualitative questionnaire that was circulated to OECD countries in 2009. The report shows that generallythe insurance sector demonstrated resilience to the crisis, though with some variation across the OECD, and concludes with a number of policy conclusions.

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Governmental and Supervisory Responses to the Crisis in the Insurance Sector

Public authorities, at the outset of the crisis in mid-2007, focused on the liquidity positions of banking institutions given the remarkable and unprecedented seizure of international interbank lending markets in August 2007 and the sudden high risk aversion displayed by capital markets toward banking institutions due to concerns about bank exposures to sub-prime mortgage assets and the ability of some banks to manage their funding and liquidity risks. Central banks responded with the provision of large amounts of liquidity to the banking system.

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