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Did you say impact?

Every investment has an impact, so what is meant by ‘impact investing’ and how can one measure the impact of an investment. Vincent Huck reports on a new measurement framework launched by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Crédit Agricole Assurances – a quiet strength

Jean-Jacques Duchamp, deputy chief executive officer of Crédit Agricole Assurances, discusses the group’s asset allocation strategy and why coal is not off its agenda yet. Interview by Vincent Huck

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.

Comment: the rules of engagement

The same day a report highlighting investors’ shortcomings in coal investment policies was published, investors with a combined $32trn in assets demanded governments increase action on climate change. Vincent Huck tries to reconcile the news

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.