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International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
This Technical Note discusses key findings and recommendations of the assessment on the Insurance Sector for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). It is observed that 10 insurance companies, accounting for 40 percent of the nonlife market, have low solvency margins and may require supervisory action in the near future. Motor Third Party Liability insurance remains under pressure as market participants are not always compliant with the statutory tariff. It is expected that the Insurance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will enhance the harmonization of entity-level regulations within BiH as well as with the European Union insurance directives.
Mr. David S. Hoelscher, Mr. Michael W Taylor, and Mr. Ulrich H Klueh


This paper describes recently established deposit insurance systems, identifying emerging trends. In line with previous IMF work on the subject, it argues against the development of "best practices" applicable to all systems. Rather, it stresses the importance of incorporating each country’s individual objectives in adopting a deposit insurance system, as well as that country’s characteristics, to ensure an effective system that minimizes disincentives and distortions to financial sector intermediation. The paper includes a summary of the academic literature.