Goodbye gilts as Solvency II shifts asset allocation

Prompted by Solvency II, some insurers have moved out of government bonds and into swaps and short-dated government or corporate bonds. But the swap-based approach is not without its challenges, as Sarfraz Thind reports

Why asset managers should care about TAS

Complying with the FRC's technical actuarial standards is ultimately the responsibility of insurers but asset managers can help ensure that the data used in Solvency II calculations meets the TAS, explains Pamela Hellig

Talanx's CIO Thomas Mann focuses on idiosyncratic risk

Diversification is key to defending your company against the unknowns like the ones that Mann faced during the 2008 crisis. That experience was crucial. "You learn how to protect your assets," he tells Sarfraz Thind

Generali embarks on more active investment policy

Generali has been seeking to expand its investment horizons in a bid to combat the impact of low European interest rates. But the pace of change is slow and Solvency II's stringent capital rules are partly to blame, as the company's EMEA CIO, Andreas Hoffmann, explains to Sarfraz Thind

Asset management in the Solvency II transition

Preparing for Solvency II is one thing, but living with it will involve further refinements in how insurers approach asset management, as participants in part one this InsuranceERM/Standard Life Investments roundtable attest

Insurers' asset management arms target other insurers' assets

Such are the yield and regulatory pressures, insurers are not necessarily deterred by asset managers' links to competing insurers. In fact, shared experience of the insurance business is a plus. And insurers' asset managers are looking further afield for new clients. David Turner reports

Designing asset strategies for the new business environment

Many insurers have been reassessing their investment portfolios in light of low rates and Solvency II. In the first part of this InsuranceERM/bfinance roundtable, participants discuss concerns about diversification and liquidity, and whether they can be opportunistic enough in today's fast-moving markets

Resolving insurers' current equity dilemma

The search for yield among insurers would suggest some shift to riskier assets such as equities, were it not for impending Solvency II capital charges inhibiting this. But there's still time to take advantage of the equity grandfathering provision, explains Elodie Laugel