Analysis

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

Aviva gets real on illiquid assets

Aviva gets real on illiquid assets

Five months into Aviva Investors’ strategy to merge its real assets teams under one leadership, Mark Versey and Iain Forrester discuss the new strategy and how it fits with the firm’s approach to servicing third-party insurers. By Vincent Huck

Italian insurers' path to diversification

Italian insurers' path to diversification

Industry veteran Michele Gaffo, formerly the CIO of Allianz Italia and Poste Vita now at asset management firm DWS, tells David Walker how Italian reinsurers are reacting to the latest spike in volatility and getting ready for the next one.