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Sustainability and Solvency II: an imprudent regime

Sustainability and Solvency II: an imprudent regime

Aviva Investors' Steve Waygood and Ben Carr, discuss integrating sustainability risk to Solvency II capital requirements, and why in some respect the prudential regulation is ‘imprudent’. Interview by Vincent Huck

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Expected Returns: Escaping the hall of mirrors

Expected Returns: Escaping the hall of mirrors

Central banks should stop pandering to market expectations and escape the 'hall of mirrors' that this creates. That's the central theme of Expected Returns 2020-2024, our latest five-year outlook for asset classes, macroeconomic themes and other vital issues for investors.

MetLife’s sustainability man

MetLife’s sustainability man

MetLife made Tim Ring its first head of sustainability late last year. There is no doubt he has a task on his hands, particularly when shareholders begin to divest because of ESG-related concerns. He tells Sarfraz Thind about creating a path to better ESG.

The insurer investment management insights - October 2019

The insurer investment management insights - October 2019

Interest rates have fallen to historic lows. Volatility within equity markets has risen. And geopolitical risk continues to be the catalyst for global market sentiment. So, how should insurers adapt their investment strategies to overcome these challenges, particularly in the face of tougher regulation?

Spotlight: Outsourcing by Insurers

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Webinar: Partnering With Third-Party Asset Managers

Three senior investment executives from European insurers joined Insurance Asset Risk in September to discuss outsourcing of their investments. Investment decision-makers from Pool Reinsurance, PZU and Qatar Re covered benefits and drawbacks of outsourcing entire general accounts, partial delegation and insourcing. They also discussed picking and monitoring external managers. Click here to hear the webinar

Insurance affiliates hold their own at top table of Europe's asset managers

Insurance affiliates hold their own at top table of Europe's asset managers

Many insurers’ affiliated managers have been sent out by their parents to gather third-party assets in recent years – with varying success. The managers might put their affiliation to an underwriting group forward as a credential to win more insurance mandates, but a European CIO questions whether this can be a universal truth. David Walker reports

The days of an easy life for European non-life investment teams are over

The days of an easy life for European non-life investment teams are over

As many non-life insurers come to rely on their investment performance for an ever greater slice of their total profits, or to make up for underwriting losses, investment teams are looking at new asset classes with the help of external managers. Far greater transparency about the insurers' business practices is offering a unique glimpse into what they want and to whom they outsource this key task. David Walker reports

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Sustainability and Solvency II: Is the frog dead yet?

Sustainability and Solvency II: Is the frog dead yet?

If the planet is a frog in a saucepan heated by the market, at the moment we are only taking the temperature and not reducing the heat, according to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer, and Ben Carr, analytics and capital modelling director, at Aviva Investors. Interview by Vincent Huck

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Focus on the USA

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IAR Americas: CIOs discuss how and where to take smart risks

IAR Americas: CIOs discuss how and where to take smart risks

At the Insurance Asset Risk Americas 2019 conference, four CIOs of insurance companies gave their views on taking smart risks. In the second of a two-part series, they discuss the processes they use and how they characterise their alternative portfolios. Compiled by Vincent Huck

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Insurance & Climate Risk EMEA

InsuranceERM and Environmental Finance are pleased to announce that the third annual Insurance & Climate Risk EMEA conference, will take place on 2 December 2019 in London.