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The continued lure of equity

Solvency II has punished equity investment with its 39% capital charge. But the SCR restrictions are bringing out a plethora of equity structures designed to appeal to insurers with lower volatility and capital charges. Is this enough to attract new investors? Sarfraz Thind reports

Investment challenges for insurers

Analysis

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Moving on from hedge funds: alternative risk premia

Insurers have been looking at alternative risk premia strategies as a substitute for poorly performing hedge fund investments. The strategies offer a cheap and transparent way of getting exposure to hedge fund-like returns but there are complications. Sarfraz Thind reports

Emerging market debt: fundamentally attractive

With strong and improving fundamentals underpinning emerging market debt, AllianceBernstein's Arnaud Mounier and Shamaila Khan argue that insurers should consider the asset class as a core strategic allocation, rather than an opportunistic diversifier.

'Insurers need to move from climate talk to climate action'

Axa and Vivat's investment arms recently announced coal exclusion policies, while Axa also committed to stop underwriting coal projects – could this be a model for the rest of the industry? Peter Bosshard from anti-fossil fuel NGO the Sunrise Project comments.

The fourth annual Insurance Asset Risk conference

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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

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