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Raising the stakes in fund management

Insurer-affiliated managers are punching above their weight in a competitive market, taking more than one-third of all fund managers' new business in the first three quarters. David Walker examines the evolving relationship between insurer-parents, affiliates and independent managers.



Industry turns up the heat on MA reform

The industry’s opportunity to recommend changes to EU regulation in a post-Brexit world has delivered a comprehensive criticism of the MA. David Walker and Asa Gibson report.

Equities and treasuries pumped on Trump

As the dust settles after Donald Trump's surprise election win, investors and economists assess the likely consequences of his administration on financial markets. Asa Gibson reports

Going back to normal

Scor Global Investments' chief executive François de Varenne explains to Asa Gibson how the group's asset management policy has moved away from its conservative, post-crisis stance.

Investing against terror

Pool Re's chief investment officer Ian Coulman speaks to David Walker about investing on behalf of the UK's terrorism reinsurance pool.



Diversification and the outsourcing conundrum

While insurers are keen to diversify their portfolios, this often requires the outsourcing of asset management – and then the question of fees arises. Investment and risk managers discuss these and other issues in part two of this Insurance Asset Risk/Royal London Asset Management roundtable

Fixed income strategies in a Solvency II and low-yield world

Fixed income assets comprise the majority of insurers' investment portfolios, but within the asset class there are a multitude of options. In part one of this Insurance Asset Risk/Royal London Asset Management roundtable, investment and risk managers discuss how they are approaching fixed income, given the challenges of a low-yield environment and the constraints of Solvency II

The realities of investing in illiquid assets

In the second part of this InsuranceERM/Insight Investment roundtable, participants discuss some practical aspects of investing in illiquid assets: valuation, managing liquidity, putting the money to work and fee structures

Finding the opportunities in illiquid investments

Illiquid assets can be an attractive match for insurance liabilities, but firms have to be picky over how they invest, and the burden of governance threatens to diminish the allure, as participants in part 1 of this InsuranceERM/Insight Investment roundtable discuss

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