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
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
Michael Eakins, chief investment officer at Phoenix Group, discusses the UK insurer's responsible investing strategy and how it dealt with the market turbulences on the back of the global health crisis. Interview by Vincent Huck.
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
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
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
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.
The evidence for diverse teams leading to positive financial returns is ever increasing, but changes in mindset is key ingredient to achieve greater gender diversity according to Edith Siermann, head of fixed income solutions and responsible investing at NN Investment Partners. Interview by Stephanie Harris