Analysis

Insurers' GA - cost or opportunity for affiliated asset managers?

Insurers' GA - cost or opportunity for affiliated asset managers?

Unlike banks, insurers enjoy a close relationship with their affiliated asset managers, to the point that an insurer's CIO can also be the manager's CEO. Although not prohibited by law, this arrangement raises ethical concerns - ones that regulators are well aware of. Vincent Huck reports

Allianz Real Estate COVID-proofing its property portfolio

Allianz Real Estate COVID-proofing its property portfolio

Dr. Megan Walters, global head of research at Allianz Real Estate, explains how her team studied the data of 47 cities to present the heads of acquisition with office assets that look to be secure for the future. Interview by Stephanie Harris

CEO interview: Hales the thinker

CEO interview: Hales the thinker

Steve Hales CEO at Resolution Re, talks about the challenge of the pandemic and lower rates on the asset side and the continued attraction of Bermuda for reinsurance. Interview by Sarfraz Thind

Phoenix's illiquid strength

Phoenix's illiquid strength

Michael Eakins, chief investment officer at Phoenix Group, spoke to Insurance Asset Risk on the day the UK insurer released its year end results. In part one of this interview, he discusses the results and Phoenix's appetite for illiquids. Interview by Vincent Huck

CI-O Canada!

CI-O Canada!

Raman Srivastava, chief investment officer of Great-West Life, Canada's second largest insurance company, talks about investing in Canada and the quirks and challenges of the local market. Interview by Sarfraz Thind

How ESG is playing out among Asia's insurers

How ESG is playing out among Asia's insurers

Opinion is split on whether 'general account ESG investing' in the Asia Pacific region will retain national flavours, or whether local nuances will be supplanted over time by a homogenised global investment method. David Walker reports

Gender diversity - an issue 'under the weather'

Gender diversity - an issue 'under the weather'

Are insurance investors burying their heads in the sand when it comes to gender diversity? While climate issues are clearly outlined in their investment policies, diversity considerations and, within that, gender issues, are left in the small print. Vincent Huck explores why.