Analysis

EU recovery deal hailed by insurers, but concerns over its 'greeness' plagues some

EU recovery deal hailed by insurers, but concerns over its 'greeness' plagues some

Investors breathed a sigh of relief when the €750bn EU recovery deal was reached after five days of tense negotiations. Although it will go a long way for the stability of Europe's economy, some lamented EU leaders had missed an opportunity to advance the issue of sustainability. Stephanie Harris takes the pulse of insurers and their asset managers

ESG's negative impact on returns - myth or reality?

ESG's negative impact on returns - myth or reality?

A growing number of insurers have announced new or upgraded sustainable investment strategies in recent years. JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) and Insurance Asset Risk have joined forces to investigate the drivers behind insurers' sustainable strategies. Vincent Huck reports on the high-level key findings

Mortgages - safe as houses, or 'waiving' goodbye to repayment returns?

Mortgages - safe as houses, or 'waiving' goodbye to repayment returns?

Home loans have proved popular with Europe's insurers, to the tune of €237bn invested in 2019, but that was in the good times. As many underwriters holding them are forced to delay collecting repayments amid COVID-19, some are re-running stress tests on their portfolios, David Walker finds

Comment: Global insurance CIOs well-positioned to weather COVID-19 storms

Comment: Global insurance CIOs well-positioned to weather COVID-19 storms

Many insurers had already reduced portfolio risks in view of expensive valuations and anticipated credit cycle concerns, with the events of 2020 enabling accelerated decision making to capitalise on market dislocations, Etienne Comon writes on the back of Goldman Sachs Asset Management's annual insurance asset management survey.

Comment: Where eagles dare

Comment: Where eagles dare

On the back of five months of research on insurers' sustainable investment strategies, Vincent Huck reflects on the state of ESG integration at insurers, and why it's time for investors to 'dare'

Did the Fed kill the bond market?

Did the Fed kill the bond market?

Hopes were high at the end of March for investors to profit from the Fed's QE intervention and access a rejuvenated credit sector. The once-in-a-lifetime returns have, however, swiftly disappeared, and investors are back to staring at the ghost of bond market past. So what next? Sarfraz Thind reports

Infrastructure market still on track post-COVID-19

Infrastructure market still on track post-COVID-19

The financial crisis that unfolded on the back of the pandemic might have caused insurers to pause when it comes to allocation to infrastructure assets. But this is merely a bump in the road say asset managers, and insurers' investments in core infrastructure investments will come back stronger than ever.

IAR survey: Back to the future of interest rates

IAR survey: Back to the future of interest rates

For years insurers have been battling low interest rates. First they got used to the idea of 'low', then they got their minds around the concept of 'lower for longer', and more recently some have been saying that we are now in a 'low forever' scenario. Vincent Huck reports the findings of Insurance Asset Risk's survey.