Results for Analysis
The projected growth of e-commerce and urbanisation has seen real estate investors showing increasing interest in urban logistic centres. Paul Walsh explores the nascent asset class as an opportunity for insurers.
Liquidity management is an ever-growing focus for insurers since the financial crisis. But how well do insurers understand it? Sarfraz Thind reports
AllianceBernstein's Stuart Davies explains how (re)insurers can access alternative return streams in a transparent and capital efficient way
Renewable energy is a popular asset class for insurers within the alternatives universe, and the trend is likely to continue based on the industry’s growth forecasts. But challenges remain for insurers looking to grow exposure in unfamiliar territory. Asa Gibson reports
The lack of significant change in the UK’s proposals to reform the Solvency II matching adjustment has led stakeholders to question the country’s ability to act on industry feedback while under Eiopa’s jurisdiction. Asa Gibson reports
Last week’s interest rate hike by the Bank of England was highly anticipated, but the Bank’s longer-term strategy has come under scrutiny in light of Brexit and rising inflation. Practitioners share their take on what UK insurers can expect. Asa Gibson reports
The European authority published its recommendations to the European Commission on changing the standard formula, with positives to be found on the scope of look-through, regional government bonds and internal credit assessment.
Insurers seeking capital efficient returns are looking closely at private real assets, lured by attractive yields with underlying security and strong borrower protections. Real estate finance may fit the bill with advantageous capital treatment under Solvency II, as Aviva Investors’ Iain Forrester explains.
With the end of the current credit cycle in sight, insurers are presented with challenges and opportunities that require a nimbleness and flexibility to negotiate. JP Morgan Asset Management’s Bhupinder Bahra and Bryan Wallace explain
As tensions rise between the Spanish government and pro-separatists in Catalonia, the country's life insurers must prepare for bond market turbulence. Asa Gibson reports
With huge competition and a small pool of opportunities, infrastructure investment is not easy in the UK. And things are likely to be even less stable post-Brexit. But could the divorce from the EU actually be a boon for insurance investors? Sarfraz Thind reports
Having facilitated some £2bn of direct investment in UK rail in less than two years, Rock Rail is helping to ease the industry’s infrastructure woes with a steady pipeline of projects insurers can gain direct exposure to. Asa Gibson reports
An economic slowdown in China and the oil price crash of 2014-15 put many investors off emerging market assets, but Paul Forshaw, global head of insurance asset management at Schroders, believes insurers may be enticed by their relative value compared to developed markets.
Solvency II reports are giving investment managers a goldmine of data and narrative by which to analyse underwriters and win a competitive edge. David Walker explains how.
Michael Kjeller, chief investment officer of Swedish pensions and insurance provider Folksam, discusses his firm’s decision to raise its target for green bond investment
Blackrock's 2017 Global Insurance Survey reveals some telling figures regarding insurers' attitudes towards the role of the investment function, and how they plan to manipulate their activities to improve profitability. Asa Gibson reports
Insurers are under increasing pressure to manage the sensitivity of solvency ratios to their asset mix, but even sophisticated internal models may not be up to this task. Steven Morrison describes an alternative approach using proxy modelling
Scott Skowronski explores how core fixed income strategies are far from a commoditised space, and how the size of the asset manager has an influence on returns
The group's chief investment officer, Guido Fürer, explains why he feels that adopting the ESG benchmarks has been the most meaningful and strategic step in its journey to integrate ESG considerations
Some investors and analysts have been surprised by the calmness of financial markets at a time of political and economic uncertainty. Sarfraz Thind talks to seven senior investment professionals working with insurance assets about their prognosis for the future.