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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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French insurers partner up for major unlisted SME funding initiative

French insurers partner up for major unlisted SME funding initiative

From Axa France to BNP Paribas Cardif and CNP Assurances, France’s largest have helped unlock €22.2bn of fund-based investments for French small caps. Their early-stage returns may be unclear. But their ambitions for the next phase of their investment is only the greater, the heavy hitters tell Vincent Huck

Asian insurance AuM gold rush

Asian insurance AuM gold rush

Regulatory changes in Asia combined with challenging local market conditions are teasing Asian insurers’ interest in diversifying their investments abroad, this could be a gold rush for Western asset managers. Vincent Huck reports

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Pomona’s private equity niche

Pomona’s private equity niche

Where hedge funds have fallen by the wayside, private equity continues to attract insurer interest like never before. Pomona Capital’s founder, Michael Granoff explains how his own company has tapped into the niche and how it is preparing for a potential turn in the cycle. Interview by Sarfraz Thind

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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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.

Optimising capital through investment efficiency

Optimising capital through investment efficiency

What is the role of investments in insurance companies' capital optimisation? Participants discuss in part one of this two-part roundtable from Insurance Asset Risk and Aon the opportunities and challenges for insurers' investments and how it fits into life and P&C insurers' business models.

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Spotlight: on 2019

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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

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

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 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