Analysis

Lloyd's syndicates open up about investment outsourcing

Lloyd's syndicates open up about investment outsourcing

Research by Insurance Risk Data reveals the 2018 winners and losers of the mandated asset managers for Lloyd's syndicates. David Walker reports on who won which mandates, who received applause and who wasn't that lucky.

Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

The difference in approach between insurers' risk and investment functions has been revealed at an event organised by the French institute of actuaries, in partnership with Schroders and Axa. This examined insurers' strategies to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Vincent Huck reports

Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

The recession is coming in 2020, according to Guggenheim Investments and will be focused on the corporate bond sector. This, coupled with increased leverage and poorer liquidity, suggests the next downturn could be worse for US insurers than 2008. Sarfraz Thind reports

Is it really a small world after all? Protectionism strikes back

Is it really a small world after all? Protectionism strikes back

Most insurers’ chief investment officers and asset managers have grown up investing during the long trend of beneficial globalisation. The trend was their friend. But as evidence of its unravelling builds, they are asking if the elastic is just stretching or about to snap back. Vincent Huck went in search of answers

The BBB effect: apocalypse or opportunity?

The BBB effect: apocalypse or opportunity?

US insurers are holding bigger volumes of BBB-rated corporate debt than at any time in the past. A turning credit cycle could tip significant amounts of these to junk. But while the headline figures look startling, is this really a precursor to the apocalypse or just another bad news story? Sarfraz Thind reports

French insurers partner up for major unlisted SME funding initiative

French insurers partner up for major unlisted SME funding initiative

From Axa France to BNP Paribas Cardif and CNP Assurances, France’s largest have helped unlock €22.2bn of fund-based investments for French small caps. Their early-stage returns may be unclear. But their ambitions for the next phase of their investment is only the greater, the heavy hitters tell Vincent Huck

Asian insurance AuM gold rush

Asian insurance AuM gold rush

Regulatory changes in Asia combined with challenging local market conditions are teasing Asian insurers’ interest in diversifying their investments abroad, this could be a gold rush for Western asset managers. Vincent Huck reports