Analysis

Not all smart beta portfolios are created equal

Not all smart beta portfolios are created equal

Smart beta has been getting smarter. Paul Forshaw looks at the evolution of smart beta approaches and consider the relevance for insurance company balance sheet investors looking for investment efficiencies.

EU to cut Solvency II securitisation charges

EU to cut Solvency II securitisation charges "before summer"

Draft rules suggest the capital charges of securitisations could be significantly cut this year as the European Commission takes steps to bring Solvency II in line with the STS framework. So will this spur future securitisation investment? Aggelos Andreou reports.

What next for Scottish Widows’ asset portfolio?

What next for Scottish Widows’ asset portfolio?

Scottish Widows’ decision to dump asset manager Aberdeen marked a rare public announcement by an insurer to change third-party managers. Gavin Stewart, director of asset allocation at Scottish Widows, shares insights on its next asset manager selection process with Sarfraz Thind

Equity volatility: how safe is your portfolio?

Equity volatility: how safe is your portfolio?

Equity volatility is back. After a muted 2017, things went a little haywire for equities in February. But are these tremors or the start of something bigger? And how should insurers react? By David Walker

Green Bonds: a primer

Green Bonds: a primer

Insurers are looking more closely than ever at the current trend of green bond investment. But is this just a fashion? And what should investors be aware of when putting money into this still nascent sector? David Turner reports

ETFs for sale

ETFs for sale

Insurers have been investing in exchange-traded funds (ETF) for some time. But issuing ETFs is a new phenomenon. This idea is currently taking hold in the US and it seems likely to continue to grow as the ETF market expands. So what are the benefits? Sarfraz Thind reports