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Build-to-rent: an emerging opportunity?

Build-to-rent: an emerging opportunity?

Within the booming UK real estate industry, where a lack of supply has inflated valuations and rental prices, the build-to-rent sub-sector offers an alternative revenue stream for insurers. Cintia Cheong reports

Building the case for investing in real estate debt

Building the case for investing in real estate debt

Real estate debt can offer a set of outcomes well suited to the needs of insurers, including a solid relative value proposition, stable cashflows, strong investor protections and transparent security against physical underlying assets. John Barakat, head of real estate finance, M&G Investments explains

Urban logistics:

Urban logistics: "the hottest game in town"

The projected growth of e-commerce and urbanisation has seen real estate investors showing increasing interest in urban logistic centres. Paul Walsh explores the nascent asset class as an opportunity for insurers.

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ETFs for sale

ETFs for sale

Insurers have been investing in exchange-traded funds (ETF) for some time. But issuing ETFs is a new phenomenon. This idea is currently taking hold in the US and it seems likely to continue to grow as the ETF market expands. So what are the benefits? Sarfraz Thind reports

FAQ: investing in infrastructure under Solvency II

FAQ: investing in infrastructure under Solvency II

Infrastructure investments are a complex topic, including the various internal and external requirements for insurance investors. Jegor Tokarevich and prof. Dr. Jens-Eric von Duesterlho from SOF Infrastructure respond to some of the common queries from insurers on infrastructure investing.

Phoenix’s Blamont on an illiquid strategy

Phoenix’s Blamont on an illiquid strategy

Daniel Blamont is leading the charge for Phoenix’s move into illiquid assets. Having started from nothing three years ago, the insurer has already built up an impressive portfolio and looks set to expand this in the future. By Sarfraz Thind

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