Results for Analysis
With some firms withdrawing their own investments from coal-related businesses, environmentalists are pressuring insurers to act on third-party assets. Cintia Cheong reports
With insurers showing greater appetite for private credit, authorities are keen to ensure firms are applying robust credit risk assessments – but the lack of rating agencies in the space is giving regulators and insurers a headache. Asa Gibson reports.
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
The ageing population in Europe, often viewed as a great risk for the life sector, may also provide attractive investment opportunities through retirement and care home properties. Axa’s real estate business is already active in the space. Asa Gibson reports
Within the booming UK real estate industry, where a lack of supply has inflated valuations and rental prices, the build-to-rent sub-sector offers an alternative revenue stream for insurers. Cintia Cheong reports
Infrastructure investments are a complex topic, including the various internal and external requirements for insurance investors. Jegor Tokarevich and prof. Dr. Jens-Eric von Duesterlho from SOF Infrastructure respond to some of the common queries from insurers on infrastructure investing.
Daniel Blamont is leading the charge for Phoenix’s move into illiquid assets. Having started from nothing three years ago, the insurer has already built up an impressive portfolio and looks set to expand this in the future. By Sarfraz Thind
Insurance Risk Data’s analysis of the first SFCR submissions reveals information goes far beyond fundamental insights of quantitative reporting templates. David Walker reports
In the second part of this 2018 investment outlook, stakeholders share their views on the negotiating rising rates, inflation and what asset managers should be doing to help insurers. Sarfraz Thind reports
The current year was relatively benign for the insurance investment industry. But 2018 holds new challenges. What risks and what opportunities should investors be looking at in the coming year? Sarfraz Thind reports
With European insurers showing increasing interest in allocating to senior secured loans – a more popular investment for US counterparts – David Turner explores how and why insurers either side of the Atlantic are approaching the asset class.
Schroders' global head of insurance asset management Paul Forshaw discusses the benefits of adding absolute return funds to the portfolio mix in an anticipation of a bear market
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.