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The cost of equity in insurers’ SCRs

What is the correlation between equity holdings in investment portfolios and the weight of market risk in insurers’ solvency capital requirements? Daisy Blake, Insurance Risk Data quantitative research analyst, looks for answers in European non-life insurers’ filings.

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

Insurers get defensive in the face of Brexit fears

In the three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union, the emotional pendulum has swung from hope to despair – regardless of where one stands on the issue – making fertile ground for comments. But what do the numbers say when looking at insurers' asset allocation in the years since the referendum? Vincent Huck reports.

EM debt - worth a look in the latter stages of the credit cycle?

A market downturn is deemed to have more impact on emerging markets (EM) than on developed economies. It poses the question whether EM debt is a smart investment at this stage of the credit cycle. Ian Coulman, chief investment officer at Pool Re, speaks with Vincent Huck on the topic.

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.