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Korean trade body calls for IFRS 17 delay

South Korea is one of the most advanced jurisdictions for IFRS 17 implementation as it has tied in the implementation of the standard with that of its new risk-based capital regime

Lloyd's syndicates $100m outsourcing treasure

Lloyd's syndicates $100m outsourcing treasure

In the second part of our two-part series on Lloyd's syndicates and their investments, David Walker analysis their portfolio allocations and performance, uncovering a treasure most asset managers would want a map to.

Baloise CIO on navigating a negative interest rates environment

Baloise CIO on navigating a negative interest rates environment

Matthias Henny, chief investment officer at Baloise Group talks about the challenges of operating in a negative interest rates environment, how the reallocation of assets has helped stabilise returns, and why he sees opportunities to grow external assets under management. Interview by Adam Leach

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Outlook: Flatlining at The New Neutral

Outlook: Flatlining at The New Neutral

Are markets right to assume the federal funds rate has peaked? Is China the swing factor for growth? Is the trade war passé. These and other questions are answered in PIMCO’s latest outlook.

Lloyd's syndicates open up about investment outsourcing

Lloyd's syndicates open up about investment outsourcing

Research by Insurance Risk Data reveals the 2018 winners and losers of the mandated asset managers for Lloyd's syndicates. David Walker reports on who won which mandates, who received applause and who wasn't that lucky.

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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.

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Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

The difference in approach between insurers' risk and investment functions has been revealed at an event organised by the French institute of actuaries, in partnership with Schroders and Axa. This examined insurers' strategies to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Vincent Huck reports

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Focus on USA

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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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