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European Commission provides the sustainability weapon... ammunition to follow

European Commission provides the sustainability weapon... ammunition to follow

Investment professionals have given a mixed reaction to draft EU rules on integrating sustainability in the fiduciary duty of investment firms and insurers. These rules are tied to another piece of legislation currently being designed and whose outcome could lead to significant change… or further greenwashing. Vincent Huck reports

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Capital optimisation: assets versus liabilities

Capital optimisation: assets versus liabilities

Even if returns on insurers' traditional investments are lower now than they were 10 years ago, the insurance companies profitability is driven by investments. However that is not always integrated in the firms' business model, as participants discuss in part two of this roundtable from Insurance Asset Risk and Aon.

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Comment: the rules of engagement

Comment: the rules of engagement

The same day a report highlighting investors’ shortcomings in coal investment policies was published, investors with a combined $32trn in assets demanded governments increase action on climate change. Vincent Huck tries to reconcile the news

US P&C sector expected to shun riskier assets in 2018

US P&C sector expected to shun riskier assets in 2018

Increased volatility, lower growth and tighter monetary policy conditions are likely to see a shift away from riskier assets by US property and casualty (P&C) insurers in the next twelve months, according to a report by AM Best. By Sarfraz Thind

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Spotlight: 2019 outlook

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"The Answer Is Simple: Take Smart Risk"

Lisa Longino, head of insurance asset management at MetLife Investment Management, argues that while it is prudent to keep a close eye on the horizon, uncertainty and volatility create opportunities for investors willing to take smart risks.

Asian equities & ESG outlooks 2019

Asian equities & ESG outlooks 2019

Hilde Jenssen, product manager for fundamental equities at Nordea Asset Management provides a 2019 outlook for equities in the Asian region as well as latest trends in environmental, social and governance factors (ESG). The outlook is based on views from Nordea Asset Management emerging markets portfolio management team.

Outlook 2019: Diversification is the only free lunch left in town

Outlook 2019: Diversification is the only free lunch left in town

Prashant Sharma, head of international fixed income insurance at JP Morgan Asset Management, predicts a slowdown in growth for 2019, but all is not lost for insurers’ assets and a bit of forward thinking and preparation could help the resilience of their investments in the case of a downturn.

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Insurance & Climate Risk EMEA

Discuss the disruptive cascade effect of physical environmental risks and their impact on insurance risk as well as the threats and opportunities for investments

Insurance Risk & Capital EMEA

Discuss the most pressing issues in insurance risk and capital management and the future challenges facing the industry at InsuranceERM's flagship event for for insurance C-level executives and risk teams