• Curious and curiouser - the quirky and weird risks, that Lloyd's syndicate CIOs are backing

    15 May 2024

    Got a satellite, a nuclear reactor, a Degas, or a body part to insure? A Lloyd's syndicate will do that - and back the risk in its GA. David Walker peers inside Lloyd's cabinet of insured curiosities

  • 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

  • "Bonds are back" - Goldilocks appears for Lloyd's syndicates' fixed income holdings

    18 April 2024

    Not a big bad bear was in sight when syndicates published annual reports in March, but many warned of elevated geopolitical instability risks

  • Chaucer appoints Simon Tighe as group head of ESG

    16 May 2023

    Previously worked on the firm's ESG Balanced Scorecard

  • 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

  • Heading for a fall? Sovereign CDS prices, and investor nerves, leap

    06 January 2023

    In the past year, investors' concerns about sovereigns defaulting have, on average, doubled - or so say CDS prices

  • Chaucer and Moody's launch ESG Balanced Scorecard

    07 September 2022

    Which uses 158 data points to assign scores for corporates across ESG factors

  • The insurance investor's tale on ESG

    23 March 2022

    Simon Tighe came 600 years late to feature in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th century classic, The Canterbury Tales - but his story of the eponymous re/insurer's ESG development is as engaging for David Walker

  • Lloyd's - an investor in all but name?

    10 August 2020

    The 330-year-old institution might have made its name with insurance, but in recent years its investments, with the help of third-party asset managers, have countered heavy losses from the liability side of the balance sheet. Is the old dog learning new tricks, David Walker asks