The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature.  The bill will:

  • Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital requirements for holding companies on a consolidated basis, the Federal Reserve is not required to include insurers to the extent they are engaged in activities regulated as insurance at the state level;
  • Provide a mechanism for the Federal Reserve, acting in consultation with the appropriate state insurance authority, to provide similar treatment for foreign insurance entities within a U.S. holding company where that entity does not itself do business in the United States; and
  • Limits the ability of the Federal Reserve to require insurers which file holding company financial statements using Statutory Accounting Principles to instead prepare their financial statements using Generally Accepting Accounting Principles.