• Core competency - Lloyd's syndicates go outsourcing, and not just for peripheral assets

    08 May 2024

    Lloyd's syndicates hire external help for the core of their general accounts, even if delegating makes more headlines when non-mainstream assets are involved

  • CIOs act further on climate investing in 2023, as Nat Cats give underwriters a 'breather'

    02 May 2024

    In severe 'Nat Cat years' before 2023, CIOs at Lloyd's acted as 'cash registers', disgorging cash to meet steep property claims. Last year, a 'break in the weather' let them 'take stock', and many seized that 'down-time' to progress climate-investing with managers and funds

  • Old dog, new(ish) tricks? Lloyd's CIOs get all esoteric

    05 April 2023

    Lloyd's syndicates have held onto non-mainstream investments even as yields have risen - with some mixed results, David Walker finds

  • The Famous Five - How CIOs trumped underwriters, again, at Lloyd's

    26 April 2021

    If you want to know when the underwriters at Lloyd's last beat its investors, cast your mind (all the way) back to 2015. The bad luck of Lloyd's underwriters is clear. The good run of its investors is largely to plan, David Walker finds.

  • Lloyd's syndicates $100m outsourcing treasure

    18 April 2019

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

  • Outsourced or in-house: the great asset management debate

    26 November 2015

    In part 2 of this InsuranceERM/bfinance roundtable, participants discuss their approaches to managing assets in-house and using external asset managers

  • Designing asset strategies for the new business environment

    20 November 2015

    Many insurers have been reassessing their investment portfolios in light of low rates and Solvency II. In the first part of this InsuranceERM/bfinance roundtable, participants discuss concerns about diversification and liquidity, and whether they can be opportunistic enough in today's fast-moving markets