Results for Analysis
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.
With negative-yielding domestic bonds, a back book with high return guarantees and a prudential solvency regulation on the horizon, Japanese life insurers are caught between a rock and a hard place. David Turner reports.
Former CRO at Police Mutual, non-executive director and independent risk management advisor Vicky Kubitscheck discusses the evolving role of the investment function and the CIO against a changing regulatory and governance landscape.
With a squeeze on fees and increased competition, the asset management world is realising the need for scale. Insurers have already started on the M&A trail, but there appears to be much more on the way. Sarfraz Thind reports
Ground rents were talked up as a great diversifier for insurers, with stable and very long term cashflows, but the UK government's consultation paper and media scrutiny in the past week may be a death knell for the asset class. Asa Gibson reports
European insurers pass the buck onto asset managers for lack of reporting data, but Eiopa pursues a hard line with underwriters facing difficulty getting hands on investment data. David Walker reports
Private debt seems the perfect fit for insurance investors with its long-term horizon, better-than-average returns and graspable risk for those used to dealing with fixed income. Yet the regulatory stance on the asset has not been overly clear so far. Sarfraz Thind reports
Commissioner Dave Jones was threatened with legal action from 12 Republican attorney generals who oppose his fossil fuel investments disclosure initiative. The threats appear to have spurred Jones on, however. Callum Tanner reports
As insurers push further into the asset management space, investment technology will become ever more critical to business performance. Klaus Holse, CEO of SimCorp, talks to Sarfraz Thind about how the firm is helping insurers grow their investment operations.
The matching adjustment (MA) is a vital element of the Solvency II package to annuity underwriters, but making the most of it is challenging. In this article, James Sharpe, developer of optimisation tool OptiMA, and Ed Rayson of insurer LV=, describe how MA benefits have been improved in practice
Many loans and mortgages offer resilience to interest rate volatility, and with talk of rising rates becoming more frequent – whether through optimism or anticipation – IAR unmasks the largest life insurers' allocations to the lesser-used asset classes. David Walker Reports