Analysis

World's top insurers stalling on climate change drive

World's top insurers stalling on climate change drive

While insurers are increasingly acute to environmental risks which might impact both sides of their balance sheet, new research has found that their investment strategies are not in line with the Paris Agreement. The research was published the same week Royal Dutch Shell held its AGM and shareholders, including some large insurers, were asked to vote on a climate resolution. Did they stand up to the test? Paul Walsh and Vincent Huck report

MetLife prioritises ESG over hedge funds

MetLife prioritises ESG over hedge funds

MetLife's CIO Steve Goulart talks about the continued drive towards ESG investments as well as the company's plan to develop its third-party asset management business. By Paul Walsh and Sarfraz Thind

LV=’s CIO on adapting to Solvency II

LV=’s CIO on adapting to Solvency II

LV=’s CIO Mark Laidlaw gives an insight into how the business has been impacted by Solvency II’s dictates on asset and liability management and moulded its choice of asset manager. By Paul Walsh and Sarfraz Thind

Aberdeen Standard Investments' CIO's interesting 12 months

Aberdeen Standard Investments' CIO's interesting 12 months

Rod Paris, CIO at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), talks about the company's transformational twelve months following the merger and that cancelled Scottish Widows mandate, likely to cost the company some 20% of its assets. By Sarfraz Thind

Not all smart beta portfolios are created equal

Not all smart beta portfolios are created equal

Smart beta has been getting smarter. Paul Forshaw looks at the evolution of smart beta approaches and consider the relevance for insurance company balance sheet investors looking for investment efficiencies.

EU to cut Solvency II securitisation charges

EU to cut Solvency II securitisation charges "before summer"

Draft rules suggest the capital charges of securitisations could be significantly cut this year as the European Commission takes steps to bring Solvency II in line with the STS framework. So will this spur future securitisation investment? Aggelos Andreou reports.