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Wraps - a gift to infrastructure investment?

Insurance 'wraps' can boost the credit rating on infrastructure debt to make the asset more attractive to investors, especially underwriters grappling with Solvency II. Christopher Cundy reports



The insurance asset management gold rush

Enticed by lucrative revenues, insurers are pushing into the asset management business like never before. Insurer-affiliated managers are currently some of the fastest growing in the world. With regulations and low rates driving increased insurer third-party asset outsourcing, the industry is in a prime position to pick up more business. Sarfraz Thind reports

Premiums 4 Good: QBE's unique approach to responsible investment

Insurance Asset Risk this month will feature a number of analysis and thought leaderships on responsible investment. In this article, Tom Herbstein and Andrew Voysey from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership discuss QBE’s initiative that allows its customers to have up to 25% of their premiums invested responsibly.

The fourth annual Insurance Asset Risk conference


Insurance Asset Risk 2017

Insurance Asset Risk is pleased to announce that the fourth annual Insurance Asset Risk conference will take place in London on 12 June 2017.

More than 150+ Asset managers from insurance companies all over Europe will gather in London to deliberate the asset management and investment challenges brought on by Solvency II and Brexit, and to discuss persistent issues, such as low returns, volatility, heightened regulation and increased competition.

Date: 12 June 2017

Location: London

Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel

2016 highlights

Insurance Investment Frontrunners


Establishing and managing insurer investment strategies

The changing regulatory landscape and current market environment are creating challenges for the establishment and management of insurers’ investment strategies, including: understanding the impact of investment strategy on regulatory capital requirements, identifying new investment strategies to enhance yield, accessing alternative or illiquid assets, and designing a framework for more integrated modelling of assets and liabilities.



Diversification and the outsourcing conundrum

While insurers are keen to diversify their portfolios, this often requires the outsourcing of asset management – and then the question of fees arises. Investment and risk managers discuss these and other issues in part two of this Insurance Asset Risk/Royal London Asset Management roundtable

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2017: Brave new world

Why active managers are well placed to take advantage of social, economic and political regime change.

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