Analysis

Aviva France’s diversification journey

Aviva France’s diversification journey

Chief investment officer Philippe Taffin explains the evolution of his firm’s investment portfolio over the last six years, the relationship between the different Aviva subsidiaries and why he believes there should be a Solvency II treatment of ESG risk. Interview by Vincent Huck

Asset risk: biggest risk for Asian insurers

Asset risk: biggest risk for Asian insurers

With a lack of domestic long dated assets to match their long-term liabilities and some restrictions on overseas investments, Asian insurers’ biggest risk exposure comes from their investments. In Hong Kong, Vincent Huck meets with regional and local stakeholders to understand how they are coping and their expectations for the upcoming changes in regulations.

The 'obscure' Solvency II co-investment rule

The 'obscure' Solvency II co-investment rule

Recent changes to co-investing rules under Solvency II have been received with mixed feelings by European insurers. Many players are even unaware there has been a development. Vincent Huck reports

Factor investing: what are the facts?

Factor investing: what are the facts?

While there has been a lot of hype around factor investing in the last decade, the jury is still out as to whether these types of strategies are of interest for insurers. David Turner looks at the state of play

Lloyd's syndicates $100m outsourcing treasure

Lloyd's syndicates $100m outsourcing treasure

In the second part of our two-part series on Lloyd's syndicates and their investments, David Walker analyses their portfolio allocations and performance, uncovering a treasure most asset managers would want a map to.

Baloise CIO on navigating a negative interest rates environment

Baloise CIO on navigating a negative interest rates environment

Matthias Henny, chief investment officer at Baloise Group talks about the challenges of operating in a negative interest rates environment, how the reallocation of assets has helped stabilise returns, and why he sees opportunities to grow external assets under management. Interview by Adam Leach

Lloyd's syndicates open up about investment outsourcing

Lloyd's syndicates open up about investment outsourcing

Research by Insurance Risk Data reveals the 2018 winners and losers of the mandated asset managers for Lloyd's syndicates. David Walker reports on who won which mandates, who received applause and who wasn't that lucky.

Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

The difference in approach between insurers' risk and investment functions has been revealed at an event organised by the French institute of actuaries, in partnership with Schroders and Axa. This examined insurers' strategies to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Vincent Huck reports

Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

The recession is coming in 2020, according to Guggenheim Investments and will be focused on the corporate bond sector. This, coupled with increased leverage and poorer liquidity, suggests the next downturn could be worse for US insurers than 2008. Sarfraz Thind reports