Analysis

Comment: the rules of engagement

Comment: the rules of engagement

The same day a report highlighting investors’ shortcomings in coal investment policies was published, investors with a combined $32trn in assets demanded governments increase action on climate change. Vincent Huck tries to reconcile the news

US P&C sector expected to shun riskier assets in 2018

US P&C sector expected to shun riskier assets in 2018

Increased volatility, lower growth and tighter monetary policy conditions are likely to see a shift away from riskier assets by US property and casualty (P&C) insurers in the next twelve months, according to a report by AM Best. By Sarfraz Thind

IFRS 17 & 9 series: a fork in the road

IFRS 17 & 9 series: a fork in the road

In the final part of this series on the impact of the international financial reporting standards (Ifrs) on insurers' financial reporting, Vincent Huck looks at the potential impact of the standards on risk appetite, and why insurers want to postpone implementing them.

Penn Mutual AM targeting the smaller insurer

Penn Mutual AM targeting the smaller insurer

Penn Mutual Asset Management is on the lookout for insurer assets. Since it rebranded in 2014, the Penn Mutual affiliate has been saying it is on a push to target the small-tier US insurance market that it believes to be poorly catered for by larger asset managers. But does it have what smaller insurers want? By Sarfraz Thind

IFRS 17 & 9 series: Asset allocation considerations

IFRS 17 & 9 series: Asset allocation considerations

In the second of a three parts series on the impact of the international financial reporting standards (Ifrs) on insurers' financial reporting, Vincent Huck looks at the potential impact of the new accounting standards, Ifrs 17 and 9, on asset allocation.

Q&A: EC's proposals on reduced capital charge for qualifying unrated debt

Q&A: EC's proposals on reduced capital charge for qualifying unrated debt

The European Commission has published for consultation a draft delegated act on amendments to the implementing rules on solvency applicable to insurers. The proposals aim to facilitate investments in private debt amongst others. Jegor Tokarevich from Substance Over Form and Frank Dornseifer from Bundesverband Alternative Investments summarise the key points for Solvency II investors.

Q&A with Mohamed El Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz

Q&A with Mohamed El Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz

What to make of the current insurance investment markets? How should insurers approach the issue of market liquidity? What kind of volatility might one expect in the next twelve months? IAR's US editor Sarfraz Thind asks Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz.

African insurance - a premium led business

African insurance - a premium led business

Hurdles remain to generate investment returns in Africa for insurers, panellists tell the audience at a London event held under the Chatham House rule and attended by Vincent Huck.

US not changing on climate

US not changing on climate

New York, US. The US insurance industry has been a laggard when it comes to embracing investments to mitigate climate change. Many insurers remain suspicious of the need for it unlike their European counterparts. It is a deeply divisive, political issue, according to professionals. Sarfraz Thind reports