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Not all smart beta portfolios are created equal

Not all smart beta portfolios are created equal

Smart beta has been getting smarter. Paul Forshaw looks at the evolution of smart beta approaches and consider the relevance for insurance company balance sheet investors looking for investment efficiencies.

EU to cut Solvency II securitisation charges

EU to cut Solvency II securitisation charges "before summer"

Draft rules suggest the capital charges of securitisations could be significantly cut this year as the European Commission takes steps to bring Solvency II in line with the STS framework. So will this spur future securitisation investment? Aggelos Andreou reports.

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The case for ESG

The case for ESG

From the diesel emissions scandal to the perceived exploitation of zero-hour contracts, there have been many examples in recent years of how failures in the way companies are run can have a harmful impact on the environment, society and investor returns.

Why it's time for insurers to embrace ESG investing

Why it's time for insurers to embrace ESG investing

A growing body of evidence suggests that ESG investing fosters better investment decisions, performance and risk management. While insurers lag other institutional investors in embracing ESG investing, momentum is building and things look set to change.

Green Bonds: a primer

Green Bonds: a primer

Insurers are looking more closely than ever at the current trend of green bond investment. But is this just a fashion? And what should investors be aware of when putting money into this still nascent sector? David Turner reports

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MetLife buys €100m green bonds

MetLife Investment Management, the asset management arm of US insurer MetLife, has purchased €100m ($123m) of green bonds from WDP, a real estate investment company based in Belgium.

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