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Allianz Africa CIO: investing in nascent capital markets

In London to speak at the 2019 Africa Financial Services Investment Conference, Allianz chief investment officer for Africa Jens Köke, took the time between two meetings for a quick coffee – double expresso – with Insurance Asset Risk. Interview by Vincent Huck

Commercial mortgages close up

Strong returns, stable performance, low risk—the market for commercial mortgage loans has run on tailwinds in the last 10 years with more insurers bringing the asset onto their portfolio than ever before. But, with a looming economic downturn, is the love affair with CMLs about to run out? Sarfraz Thind reports

Aviva France’s diversification journey

Chief investment officer Philippe Taffin explains the evolution of his firm’s investment portfolio over the last six years, the relationship between the different Aviva subsidiaries and why he believes there should be a Solvency II treatment of ESG risk. Interview by Vincent Huck

Asset risk: biggest risk for Asian insurers

With a lack of domestic long dated assets to match their long-term liabilities and some restrictions on overseas investments, Asian insurers’ biggest risk exposure comes from their investments. In Hong Kong, Vincent Huck meets with regional and local stakeholders to understand how they are coping and their expectations for the upcoming changes in regulations.

The 'obscure' Solvency II co-investment rule

Recent changes to co-investing rules under Solvency II have been received with mixed feelings by European insurers. Many players are even unaware there has been a development. Vincent Huck reports

Factor investing: what are the facts?

While there has been a lot of hype around factor investing in the last decade, the jury is still out as to whether these types of strategies are of interest for insurers. David Turner looks at the state of play

Baloise CIO on navigating a negative interest rates environment

Matthias Henny, chief investment officer at Baloise Group talks about the challenges of operating in a negative interest rates environment, how the reallocation of assets has helped stabilise returns, and why he sees opportunities to grow external assets under management. Interview by Adam Leach

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.