Analysis

US yield curve inversion - run for the hills?

US yield curve inversion - run for the hills?

Like a bad tarot card, an inverted US yield curve normally means economic doom. March’s inversion has now morphed into the most inverted yield curve since 2007. It is likely to have insurers gazing into their charts to see how to tackle their investments. Sarfraz Thind reports

Steering investments at Hong Kong's flagship insurer

Steering investments at Hong Kong's flagship insurer

Mark Konyn, chief investment officer at AIA Group, meets with Insurance Asset Risk in Hong Kong and explains how the insurer centralised its group-wide investment function and the potential impact regulatory changes that are sweeping through the region might have on its asset allocation. Interview by Vincent Huck

Q&A: Introducing risk-based capital in Hong Kong

Q&A: Introducing risk-based capital in Hong Kong

David Alexander, head of P&C reinsurance Hong Kong & Taiwan at Swiss Re, and chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers taskforce on RBC has been directly involved in liaison with the Insurance Authority on the introduction of the new regulation. Interview by Vincent Huck.

Navigating the seas of illiquidity

Navigating the seas of illiquidity

Benjama Serra, senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Services, explains why illiquid investments in insurers’ portfolios are like brackish seawater, and why allocation to them is bound to increase. Interview by Vincent Huck

Allianz Africa CIO: investing in nascent capital markets

Allianz Africa CIO: investing in nascent capital markets

In London to speak at the 2019 Africa Financial Services Investment Conference, Allianz chief investment officer for Africa Jens Köke, took the time between two meetings for a quick coffee – double expresso – with Insurance Asset Risk. Interview by Vincent Huck

Commercial mortgages close up

Commercial mortgages close up

Strong returns, stable performance, low risk—the market for commercial mortgage loans has run on tailwinds in the last 10 years with more insurers bringing the asset onto their portfolio than ever before. But, with a looming economic downturn, is the love affair with CMLs about to run out? Sarfraz Thind reports

Aviva France’s diversification journey

Aviva France’s diversification journey

Chief investment officer Philippe Taffin explains the evolution of his firm’s investment portfolio over the last six years, the relationship between the different Aviva subsidiaries and why he believes there should be a Solvency II treatment of ESG risk. Interview by Vincent Huck