Analysis

Regulation redefines relations between insurers and asset managers

Regulation redefines relations between insurers and asset managers

In the second part of Insurance Asset Risk's insurer-asset manager survey we examine how Solvency II has shifted the dynamic for insurance asset managers. Insurers are not always getting the tailor-made solutions, research and expertise they ask for. By Sarfraz Thind

US insurers lag in adjusting investments to low-carbon world

US insurers lag in adjusting investments to low-carbon world

New York City, USA. On the sideline of the Insurance & Climate Risk Americas conference held this week, California insurance commissioner Dave Jones spoke to Insurance Asset Risk's Vincent Huck about US insurers' assessments of climate risk and how regulators can help.

Rendez-Vous de Septembre: Clouded optimism in uncertain times

Rendez-Vous de Septembre: Clouded optimism in uncertain times

The annual reinsurance meeting in Monte Carlo is a good barometer to measure the sector's health. This year, amid successfully managing last year's losses from natural disasters, reinsurers' indicators seem to be flashing 'green'. But uncertainty still looms like black clouds in the distance. Vincent Huck reports

Insurers and asset managers: a relationship in turmoil

Insurers and asset managers: a relationship in turmoil

The relationship between insurers and their asset manager is evolving, shifted by macroeconomic changes, regulations, fee pressures and new asset dynamics. Insurers say they want more from their asset managers. But more of what precisely? And how are managers responding? IAR asks the industry. By Sarfraz Thind

Insurers call for SII change to unlock investments

Insurers call for SII change to unlock investments

In response to a European Commission consultation on proposals for a new investment programme in the EU, Insurance Europe wants a review of Solvency II rules to unlock insurers' investment potential. Vincent Huck reports

Sustainable investment needs a helping hand from regulators

Sustainable investment needs a helping hand from regulators

It is time for regulators to use all the tools at their disposal to address the risks climate changes pose to the financial stability of the insurance industry, Aviva Investors chief responsible investment officer Steve Waygood warns

Impact investing: a new dawn

Impact investing: a new dawn

As ESG issues are becoming mainstream finance and the concept of 'doing good' is overtaking the idea of 'doing no harm' investment opportunities are emerging with promises of financial returns for investors. Molly Wilson and Vincent Huck report

Austria: Eastern Promise Beckons for Asset Managers

Austria: Eastern Promise Beckons for Asset Managers

Austrians' expanding businesses in eastern Europe, a commitment to ESG and their suffering at the hands of miserable debt yields, makes the country a market worth investigating in. David Walker reports.

Insurers rate poorly on ESG reporting and integration

Insurers rate poorly on ESG reporting and integration

A new report by research and rating agency Vigeo Eiris has ranked the insurance industry 23rd out 39 for environment, social and governance related performance. In particular the report highlights the industry's weakness in dealing with climate risk on both sides of its balance sheet. Vincent Huck reports