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Spurring sustainable investments with capital charges

The question of capital charges punishing ‘brown’ investments or incentivising ‘green’ investments has come to the fore. While regulators are asking for risk-based evidence, stakeholders are not all in agreement on how to proceed. Vincent Huck reports

Will BBB come back to bite?

Is the end of the credit cycle really in sight and, if so, are European insurers at risk of seeing their high yield assets coming back to bite them? A wave of credit downgrades could significantly impact solvency ratios and put insurers in the position of forced sellers. But how worried should they be? Vincent Huck reports

Investing in venture debt: pros and cons

David Turner looks at why venture debt might be an attractive investment for insurers, bearing in mind the constraints around size of the deals and the regulatory treatment incurred.

IAR EMEA conference: questions from the audience

The audience for the chief investment officer panel at Insurance Asset Risk’s European conference asked a lot of questions that couldn’t be answered in the time available. Vincent Huck caught up with Massimo Di Tria, CIO at Cattolica Assicurazioni, to get his responses.

Prudential planning

Ken Tanji assumed the role of CFO at Prudential in December. He gives a wide-ranging interview covering all aspects of the insurer’s business from the much derided Sifi designation, to investment risk and impact investing. Interview by Sarfraz Thind

IAR’s European conference: CIOs' outlook

At Insurance Asset Risk EMEA 2019 conference, three CIOs of European insurers gave their outlook on the current environment. In the third of a three-part series, they discuss considerations in the late stage of the cycle. Compiled by Vincent Huck

IAR’s European conference: the CIO’s take on MA and capital models

At Insurance Asset Risk EMEA 2019 conference, three chief investment officers (CIOs) of European insurance companies gave their outlook on the current environment. In the second of a three-part series, they discuss the matching adjustment rules and their take on capital modelling. Compiled by Vincent Huck

Insurers are becoming specialists in private markets

In their search for yield, insurers have become so accustomed with private assets they are now able to generate their own deals and perform in-depth analysis in-house, according to panellists at Insurance Asset Risk EMEA 2019 conference. Vincent Huck reports