Solvency II data requirements have global implications

The last-minute rush to comply with the impending new EU regulatory framework has drawn in insurers and asset managers outside Europe as these firms hasten to revamp their data management, governance and monitoring systems. John Legrand explains

Insurers juggle the attractions and drawbacks of illiquid assets

With quantitative easing reducing the chance of any rise in interest rates soon, insurers are even more interested in higher-yielding illiquid assets to bolster their paltry returns from fixed-income, but Solvency II capital charges remain a problem. Sarfraz Thind reports

Zurich looks to boost real estate portfolio

Alessandro Bronda, Zurich's real estate investment strategist, tells Marc Jones why the asset class is performing well and why it is an important part of the insurer's overall portfolio.

Phoenix's Vidur Bahree: putting the house in order

Instilling fresh thinking into the asset strategies of legacy insurers while navigating the global financial crisis has occupied Vidur Bahree for the best part of a decade. He tells Christopher Cundy about the ups, downs and turnarounds.

Alternative assets move up the London market billing

With the London market likely to soften further in 2015, insurers will increasingly have to look beyond underwriting returns to make a profit, with many expected to revise asset strategies. Christopher Cundy explores

Fathoming out inflation hedges

The UK has set out a scenario for economic development that could lead to insurers and pension funds taking on a huge amount of inflation risk. Christopher Cundy reports