Analysis

Sustainability and Solvency II: Is the frog dead yet?

Sustainability and Solvency II: Is the frog dead yet?

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

Fossil fuel exclusion proves a slow burn for US insurers

Fossil fuel exclusion proves a slow burn for US insurers

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.

IAR Americas: CIOs discuss how and where to take smart risks

IAR Americas: CIOs discuss how and where to take smart risks

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

IAR Americas: Are we in an atypical credit cycle?

IAR Americas: Are we in an atypical credit cycle?

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

The cost of equity in insurers’ SCRs

The cost of equity in insurers’ SCRs

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.

Spurring sustainable investments with capital charges

Spurring sustainable investments with capital charges

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

Will BBB come back to bite?

Will BBB come back to bite?

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