OpRisk Insurance as a Net Value Generator
Wilhelm K. Kross and Werner Gleissner
Insurance coverage has historically been somewhat neglected in real-life OpRisk initiatives, partially due to the fact that the early versions of the Basel II framework did not accept insurance as a permissible means of minimum regulatory capital reduction. Moreover, proponents of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to date believe that insurance implies no net value generation, given that only capital market-related aspects captured in the beta factor truly count in the description of the risk position of an enterprise.
Change is happening, however, for good reasons. This chapter < presents why and how the understanding of and the traditional approaches to OpRisk management can and should be enhanced to better reflect what truly counts in operational and enterprise risk management; and in how far insurance can play a role. In presenting the findings, we also demonstrate that in the real world, with a limited risk-bearing capacity, the reduction of risk-adjusted capital and the consequential decrease of the cost of capital through operational risk transfer mechanisms cannot be explained with the CAPM.


Historically, the integration of insurance solutions into enterprise-wide or beyond-enterprise risk management frameworks left a lot to be desired. The introduction of operational risk (OpRisk) as a new set of risk factors to be addressed under the new ...

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