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Allianz Africa CIO: investing in nascent capital markets

Allianz Africa CIO: investing in nascent capital markets

In London to speak at the 2019 Africa Financial Services Investment Conference, Allianz chief investment officer for Africa Jens Köke, took the time between two meetings for a quick coffee – double expresso – with Insurance Asset Risk. Interview by Vincent Huck

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Commercial mortgages close up

Commercial mortgages close up

Strong returns, stable performance, low risk—the market for commercial mortgage loans has run on tailwinds in the last 10 years with more insurers bringing the asset onto their portfolio than ever before. But, with a looming economic downturn, is the love affair with CMLs about to run out? Sarfraz Thind reports

Focus on USA

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Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

The recession is coming in 2020, according to Guggenheim Investments and will be focused on the corporate bond sector. This, coupled with increased leverage and poorer liquidity, suggests the next downturn could be worse for US insurers than 2008. Sarfraz Thind reports

The BBB effect: apocalypse or opportunity?

The BBB effect: apocalypse or opportunity?

US insurers are holding bigger volumes of BBB-rated corporate debt than at any time in the past. A turning credit cycle could tip significant amounts of these to junk. But while the headline figures look startling, is this really a precursor to the apocalypse or just another bad news story? Sarfraz Thind reports

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Insight Report

Spotlight: ESG/Sustainable Investing

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Japanese insurers get to grips with ESG

Japanese insurers get to grips with ESG

Three major Japanese insurers – Tokio Marine Group, MS&AD Insurance Group, and Nippon Life Insurance – are beginning to integrate climate risks and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their strategies, each with its own focus area. Elena K. Johansson reports.

Climate Change at the crossroads

Climate Change at the crossroads

Matt Christensen, AXA IM’s Head of Responsible Investment, talks about how insurers today are leading the way with smarter investments.

ESG Considerations for the Insurance Industry

ESG Considerations for the Insurance Industry

There are many types of risks insurers must consider, and the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks that swarm the industry are no exception. Read our insight to understand why ESG criteria is crucial for the insurance space, and items to consider up front.

Events

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Insurance Asset Risk EMEA 2019

Insurance Asset Risk EMEA 2019

Insurance Asset Risk is pleased to announce that our sixth annual Insurance Asset Risk conference will take place in London on 12 June 2019.

Insurance Asset Risk Americas 2019

Insurance Asset Risk Americas 2019

The second annual Insurance Asset Risk Americas conference will take place in New York in September 2019. More details will be available soon. For more information please contact rachel.narborough@fieldgibsonmedia.com

Insurance & Climate Risk Americas 2019

The second annual Insurance & Climate Risk Americas conference will take place in New York in September 2019. More details will be available soon. For more information please contact rachel.narborough@fieldgibsonmedia.com