If the planet is a frog in a saucepan heated by the market, at the moment we are only taking the temperature and not reducing the heat, according to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer, and Ben Carr, analytics and capital modelling director, at Aviva Investors. Interview by Vincent Huck
US insurers say they are ready to stop investing in climate-harming coal. But only one has divested from the fossil fuel to date. Could Chubb’s move be the start of a wider transition by US insurers away from fossil fuels or is it empty talk? Sarfraz Thind reports.
At the Insurance Asset Risk Americas 2019 conference, four CIOs of insurance companies gave their views on taking smart risks. In the second of a two-part series, they discuss the processes they use and how they characterise their alternative portfolios. Compiled by Vincent Huck
At the Insurance Asset Risk Americas 2019 conference, four CIOs of insurance companies gave their views on taking smart risks. In the first of a two-part series, they discuss the nature of the current credit cycle and where they find relative value. Compiled by Vincent Huck
What is the correlation between equity holdings in investment portfolios and the weight of market risk in insurers’ solvency capital requirements? Daisy Blake, Insurance Risk Data quantitative research analyst, looks for answers in European non-life insurers’ filings.
The question of capital charges punishing ‘brown’ investments or incentivising ‘green’ investments has come to the fore. While regulators are asking for risk-based evidence, stakeholders are not all in agreement on how to proceed. Vincent Huck reports
Is the end of the credit cycle really in sight and, if so, are European insurers at risk of seeing their high yield assets coming back to bite them? A wave of credit downgrades could significantly impact solvency ratios and put insurers in the position of forced sellers. But how worried should they be? Vincent Huck reports
Following on from Eiopa's consultation on sustainability within Solvency II, a CIO at a European insurer, speaking in their personal capacity, tells Vincent Huck why Eiopa’s move is too late, and why there are a lot of ‘shams’ around sustainability initiatives.
James Wilson, chief investment officer at Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions, gives an overview of the key points he will be presenting on at Insurance Asset Risk 2019 Americas conference held in New York City on 16 September.
Rating agencies Moody’s and S&P Global have published their 2020 reinsurance outlook noting slight changes in investment risk appetite. Though marginal at this stage, the change could become significant in five to 10 years’ time. David Walker and Vincent Huck report