Insight Investment
Fixed income manager of the year
Insurance Asset Risk Awards 2019 - UK & Europe

Accounting for the bulk of insurers investments, fixed income is the most critical of asset classes when it comes to matching liabilities with assets. But with ongoing concerns over interest rate rises and the end of the credit cycle looming large among insurers investment outlook, finding the right manager can be tricky.

From active government bond strategies to emerging market debt portfolios, Insight Investment provides a diverse range of fixed income strategies that cater to the varied liability-matching needs of different types of insurer.

Through the development of specialist modelling tool AYLA, which builds on the standard credit-review process, Insight Investment has made the process of constructing buy-and-maintain portfolios both more effective and efficient.

The tool also enables the firm in supporting its clients' mandates with full Solvency II-matching adjustment compliance.

With an investment team of 116 fixed-income professionals managing £127bn, it provides clients with both the scale and expertise to maximise returns across corporate and index-linked bonds, money markets and foreign exchange derivatives.

"Insurers need investment strategies that are designed to suit their liability profiles, and which incorporate regulatory constraints, while retaining flexibility to deal with changing economic conditions," said Heneg Parthenay, head of insurance at Insight Investment.

"Our dedicated insurance specialists have helped our clients do this for many years, making the most of our expertise across both fixed income and financial solutions."

Noting that it exceeded its benchmark in most instances, the judges praised Insight Investment for having both a well defined investment process and a good understanding of the liability driven investment restrictions that insurers face.