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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

Green bond strategies split French CIOs and CROs

The difference in approach between insurers' risk and investment functions has been revealed at an event organised by the French institute of actuaries, in partnership with Schroders and Axa. This examined insurers' strategies to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Vincent Huck reports

Next recession to hit US insurers’ assets harder than 2008 crisis

The recession is coming in 2020, according to Guggenheim Investments and will be focused on the corporate bond sector. This, coupled with increased leverage and poorer liquidity, suggests the next downturn could be worse for US insurers than 2008. Sarfraz Thind reports

Is it really a small world after all? Protectionism strikes back

Most insurers’ chief investment officers and asset managers have grown up investing during the long trend of beneficial globalisation. The trend was their friend. But as evidence of its unravelling builds, they are asking if the elastic is just stretching or about to snap back. Vincent Huck went in search of answers