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Spurring sustainable investments with capital charges

Spurring sustainable investments with capital charges

The question of capital charges punishing ‘brown’ investments or incentivising ‘green’ investments has come to the fore. While regulators are asking for risk-based evidence, stakeholders are not all in agreement on how to proceed. Vincent Huck reports

Will BBB come back to bite?

Will BBB come back to bite?

Is the end of the credit cycle really in sight and, if so, are European insurers at risk of seeing their high yield assets coming back to bite them? A wave of credit downgrades could significantly impact solvency ratios and put insurers in the position of forced sellers. But how worried should they be? Vincent Huck reports

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Risk management and asset valuation when investing in illiquid credit

Risk management and asset valuation when investing in illiquid credit

Investing in illiquid credit brings about a whole set of challenges in terms of risk oversight and valuation of the assets. In part two of this roundtable from Insurance Asset Risk and NN Investment Partners participants discuss why relying on rating agencies’ assessment is not an option and how to reflect the illiquidity premium in the asset valuation.

Illiquid credit attractiveness in late cycle

Illiquid credit attractiveness in late cycle

As insurers increasingly position their portfolio for a turn in the cycle, is illiquid credit an investment of choice? In part three of this roundtable from Insurance Asset Risk and NN Investment Partners participants discuss how to build resilience in illiquid credit portfolios as well as the as the current regulatory considerations on illiquid investments.

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Spotlight: Emerging Markets

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EM debt - worth a look in the latter stages of the credit cycle?

EM debt - worth a look in the latter stages of the credit cycle?

A market downturn is deemed to have more impact on emerging markets (EM) than on developed economies. It poses the question whether EM debt is a smart investment at this stage of the credit cycle. Ian Coulman, chief investment officer at Pool Re, speaks with Vincent Huck on the topic.

What's behind the wall: US insurers' investments in EM debt

What's behind the wall: US insurers' investments in EM debt

Emerging markets should be an attractive option for US insurers as the Federal Reserve looks to cut rates, making opportunities at home less attractive. But, as the Trump government continues building trade barriers, are US government policies stymying enthusiasm for the asset class? Sarfraz Thind reports

Focus on Asia

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Q&A: Introducing risk-based capital in Hong Kong

Q&A: Introducing risk-based capital in Hong Kong

David Alexander, head of P&C reinsurance Hong Kong & Taiwan at Swiss Re, and chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers taskforce on RBC has been directly involved in liaison with the Insurance Authority on the introduction of the new regulation. Interview by Vincent Huck.

Events

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Insurance Risk & Capital Bermuda 2019

The third annual Insurance Risk & Capital Bermuda conference will take place on 28 October. More details will be available soon. For more information please contact rachel.narborough@fieldgibsonmedia.com

Insurance ERM Americas

InsuranceERM and Environmental Finance are pleased to announce that the third annual Insurance & Climate Risk EMEA conference, will take place on 14 December 2019 in London.

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