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IAR's global outlook survey 2021: a foggy crystal ball

Respondents to Insurance Asset Risk's outlook survey seem more at the mercy of the financial gods than ever before. Most agree that while the pandemic rages, 2021 will be a damn hard year to predict. Sarfraz Thind reports

A testing climate for munis

US municipal bonds have been a staple asset for insurers. But as underwriters brace for the effects of climate change, some insurers are questioning if lending to states hit with increasingly frequent and more severe hurricanes and wild fires is a sensible use of their general accounts. David Walker and Sarfraz Thind report

Sunlife CIO on the art of catching flying daggers

COVID-19 was the 'known unknown' that Randy Brown, CIO at SunLife, has been preparing for the best part of the last five years. So, when markets went into turmoil in H1 2020 the only question that remained was one of timing: when to catch the falling knife? Interview by Vincent Huck

US insurers timidly assessing climate risk

From increasingly fierce wildfires in California to recurring hurricane hits to the country's southern and eastern seaboards, US insurers are only too familiar with some intensifying effects of climate change, but are they doing anything about it? David Walker takes the temperature.

Western & Southern: The equity pusher

The idea that insurers can only invest in fixed income is a myth for Cincinnati's Western & Southern CIO, Brendan White. The insurer has been stretching the mould by investing in equities for nigh on 30 years. White explains why it invests in stocks and how successful this has been in the torpid world of insurance investing. Interview by Sarfraz Thind

US Election result: Georgia on investors' mind

The great US election of 2020 is done and it has changed little for insurance investors. Biden's win with a slim majority in Congress, and the likelihood of a gridlock means any major reforms are improbable. Unless Georgia delivers the Senate to the Democrats. Sarfraz Thind reports

USA insurers Q3 investments: dare to dream

Second quarter insurance results were not quite as savage as many had been predicting earlier in the year. With Q3 looming on the horizon what risks can the industry expect to face up to and are we out of the woods yet? Sarfraz Thind reports