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European Commission provides the sustainability weapon... ammunition to follow

Investment professionals have given a mixed reaction to draft EU rules on integrating sustainability in the fiduciary duty of investment firms and insurers. These rules are tied to another piece of legislation currently being designed and whose outcome could lead to significant change… or further greenwashing. Vincent Huck reports

Outlook 2019: Diversification is the only free lunch left in town

Prashant Sharma, head of international fixed income insurance at JP Morgan Asset Management, predicts a slowdown in growth for 2019, but all is not lost for insurers’ assets and a bit of forward thinking and preparation could help the resilience of their investments in the case of a downturn.

Emerging markets: opportunities beyond headline risk

Despite a lot of negative headlines in the summer, emerging markets are still a strategically important asset class for insurers, Sanjay Yodh and Kevin Daly of Aberdeen Standard Investments tell Vincent Huck. But the asset class is tainted by prejudices.

IFRS 17 & 9 series: a fork in the road

In the final part of this series on the impact of the international financial reporting standards (Ifrs) on insurers' financial reporting, Vincent Huck looks at the potential impact of the standards on risk appetite, and why insurers want to postpone implementing them.

Penn Mutual AM targeting the smaller insurer

Penn Mutual Asset Management is on the lookout for insurer assets. Since it rebranded in 2014, the Penn Mutual affiliate has been saying it is on a push to target the small-tier US insurance market that it believes to be poorly catered for by larger asset managers. But does it have what smaller insurers want? By Sarfraz Thind

Q&A with Mohamed El Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz

What to make of the current insurance investment markets? How should insurers approach the issue of market liquidity? What kind of volatility might one expect in the next twelve months? IAR's US editor Sarfraz Thind asks Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz.