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CIOs turn from managing investments to managing expectations

A panel of chief investment officers told the audience of Insurance Asset Risk's 2020 Americas event that their job coming out of the COVID-19 crisis will be as much about managing expectations of how much their investment portfolios can actually deliver, as it is about managing the investments themselves. Compiled by Stephanie Harris

USA insurers search for the golden age of credit

For the harried insurer, dealing with a projected lifetime of low interest rates, is there any value left in the corporate bond market? Some believe there is, and particularly so in that much-derided BBB segment. Sarfraz Thind reports

The year USA investors woke to social investing

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the most vulnerable parts of society and highlighted social inequalities globally. In the USA, this combined with the death of George Floyd and the revitalisation of the Black Lives Matter movement, has prompted insurers to embrace 'social investing'. But is this a long-term trend or a one-off? Sarfraz Thind asks.

Investing in the midst of pandemic and civil unrest

Aware Asset Management is based in Minnesota, which has been caught in the storm this month. Post-pandemic and an explosion of civil anger at the death of George Floyd marks an even more vituperative crisis for the US. The asset manager shares its views on the current events. Sarfraz Thind reports

Regulating fear and greed in COVID-19

Asset managers are reporting tales of firms gearing up to take advantage of the opportunities in the market. But when push comes to shove how easy is it to react? Sarfraz Thind explores the psychology of investing in a COVID-19 environment.

Asset risk: Open hunting season or fool's gold?

Sarfraz Thind takes a deep dive into how Covid-19 has distorted the market. In part one of this two part series he looks at commercial mortgage-backed securitisations (CMBS), collateralised loan obligation (CLO) and municipal bonds.

Coronavirus slump: the good, the bad and the ugly

Not a single day passes without some new market revelation. Insurers are battening down the hatches but how bad is it and what damage has there been so far? Sarfraz Thind presents the good, the bad and the ugly of the market crash.

US Outlook 2020: an encore for investors

Many had bet on the market staging a final whimper last year before recession. But the talk of a global downturn suddenly vanished in the last few months of 2019. Now investors are looking at the market with rosy spectacles and hoping for more rewards in 2020. Sarfraz Thind reports