• Conning's Büsst on all that it takes, to be a 'good' Lloyd's AM

    04 May 2021

    Conning is Lloyd's market's most popular asset manager by engagements. Russell Büsst, Conning's chief executive and investment officer for Europe, tells David Walker about the changing face of syndicate asset management.

  • 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.

  • A year to forget? Not if you were a shareholding CIO

    16 March 2021

    One year ago today, markets reached 'peak-panic', as the Vix index hit 82.7. David Walker re-examines insurers' general accounts to show who got hit, who got hedged, and who got shot of their shares

  • IAR outlook survey: sustainability for the next ten years

    08 February 2021

    Insurance Asset Risk's outlook survey discovered that sustainability is the overarching theme that will influence insurance investor behavior—not just this year but for the next decade and probably beyond. Yet, some are more prepared than others. Sarfraz Thind reports

  • IAR's global outlook survey 2021: a foggy crystal ball

    01 February 2021

    Respondents to Insurance Asset Risk's outlook survey seem more at the mercy of the financial gods than ever before. Most agree that while the pandemic rages, 2021 will be a damn hard year to predict. Sarfraz Thind reports

  • A testing climate for munis

    20 January 2021

    US municipal bonds have been a staple asset for insurers. But as underwriters brace for the effects of climate change, some insurers are questioning if lending to states hit with increasingly frequent and more severe hurricanes and wild fires is a sensible use of their general accounts. David Walker and Sarfraz Thind report

  • Bitcoin: blowing bubbles or truly sticky?

    18 January 2021

    Bitcoin is steaming into the stratosphere—and many want in. But is this speculative bubble going to appeal to insurers? Sarfraz Thind finds out.

  • Democrat blue-ripple will lead to investment recalibration

    11 January 2021

    But balanced Senate outcome tempers prospect of radical policy overhaul

  • US insurers warmly welcome outsourced managers for climate change investing

    06 January 2021

    US insurers are buying ever more services from asset managers, data vendors and research houses to help understand climate change and inform their investment decisions, David Walker discovers.

  • US insurers follow in Europe's climate footsteps

    01 January 2021

    Scenario analysis is the primary tool for quantifying climate risks