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Urban logistics: "the hottest game in town"

The projected growth of e-commerce and urbanisation has seen real estate investors showing increasing interest in urban logistic centres. Paul Walsh explores the nascent asset class as an opportunity for insurers.

M&A: tipping the scales

With a squeeze on fees and increased competition, the asset management world is realising the need for scale. Insurers have already started on the M&A trail, but there appears to be much more on the way. Sarfraz Thind reports

Hot property: ground rents

Ground rents offer insurers a way to diversify their real asset portfolios, with a low risk profile and relatively attractive yields. But market access and Solvency II treatment are significant barriers. Asa Gibson reports.

Raising the stakes in fund management

Raising the stakes in fund management

Insurer-affiliated managers are punching above their weight in a competitive market, taking more than one-third of all fund managers' new business in the first three quarters. David Walker examines the evolving relationship between insurer-parents, affiliates and independent managers.