Analysis

ESG investment: the bleeding edge?

ESG investment: the bleeding edge?

Responsible investing is increasingly mentioned in the investment process, and insurers certainly wear their ESG principles as a badge of honour. But, despite the talk, does ESG really influence investment policy? Sarfraz Thind reports

Hot property: ground rents

Hot property: ground rents

Ground rents offer insurers a way to diversify their real asset portfolios, with a low risk profile and relatively attractive yields. But market access and Solvency II treatment are significant barriers. Asa Gibson reports.

Investing where the wind blows

Investing where the wind blows

Allianz's in-house alternative asset manager has closed four tax equity investments in US wind farms in only 12 months, and plans more in 2017. Head of renewables at Allianz Capital Partners David Jones talks to Asa Gibson about the firm's American wind expansion.

Top 10 ideas for insurance CIOs

Top 10 ideas for insurance CIOs

Mercer's global insurance investment team has picked out ten initiatives to help chief investment officers navigate a changing landscape and bolster existing operations. Asa Gibson reports

Stress test or eventuality: it's time to respond

Stress test or eventuality: it's time to respond

European life insurers should reassess their investment strategies in light of Eiopa's latest stress test, which exposed vulnerabilities to a plausible 'low-for-long' interest rate environment, writes JP Morgan Asset Management's Vladimir Zdorovenin.

The unorthodox CIO behind MetLife's expansion

The unorthodox CIO behind MetLife's expansion

MetLife's CIO Steve Goulart manages one of the biggest and most diverse insurance asset portfolios in the US. While the insurer is feeling the pinch of low interest rates, its diversification has helped to calm some of the yield pressure. Sarfraz Thind reports

Taking control of credit risk

Taking control of credit risk

Regulatory changes in the US and persistently low interest rates around the world are raising the profile of credit risk management. EY's Juan Carlos Milan Sotelo says there are a number of common weak spots within a typical credit risk management framework, which insurance CIOs can address with a few fundamental steps. Asa Gibson reports

Hard Brexit and time for Trump

Hard Brexit and time for Trump

The uncertainties that flowed into 2017 as a result of the unexpected events of 2016 are beginning to become clearer, and insurers can begin to adjust their asset allocation accordingly. Asa Gibson reports

Sega drives Conning to new frontiers

Sega drives Conning to new frontiers

Rich Sega has been driving Conning towards a more diversified asset base to meet the challenges that US insurers face in the low yield environment. He talks to Sarfraz Thind about the shifting demands of US insurers.

Dark clouds gather over secondary market for MA assets

Dark clouds gather over secondary market for MA assets

The prospect of a secondary market for MA assets has taken a number of blows as comparisons are drawn to the synthetic CDO market. That may be enough for regulators to stop even a small, illiquid market developing. Callum Tanner reports

How to win mandates and influence asset allocation

How to win mandates and influence asset allocation

As the largest institutional investors in Europe, insurers represent a major market for asset managers, but they also bring Solvency II-shaped baggage. In this Q&A, Erik Vynckier breaks down the building blocks to winning the custom of European insurers