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Insurance CIOs face delicate balancing act in times of uncertainty

From geopolitical risks to shifting macroeconomic sands, there is more for insurers to consider in the current investment environment than rising interest rates alone. And with the quest for returns unabating, risk management has arguably never been in sharper focus
Asset Management/Investment Europe International

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Asset management: Lloyd’s syndicates exit AAA credit in hunt for yield

Lloyd’s investment portfolios benefited from continued equity market growth and tightening credit spreads in 2017, according to the latest round of syndicate accounts. However, the ongoing quest to improve yields and the anticipation of rising interest rates saw many explore the lower end of the credit spectrum while shortening the durations of their bond portfolios

London Lloyds

Proposed Solvency II changes promise increased investment flexibility for insurers

But ignoring the implications of Eiopa's review of Solvency II could increase capital charges for companies

Asset Management/Investment Europe

Insurance CIOs grapple with the asset management challenges of M&A

Consolidating investment portfolios is rarely a key driver in M&A deal-making. However, once a deal is struck, chief investment officers face a raft of decisions, from pooling assets and exploring new strategies to potentially bringing more investment in-house

Asset Management/Investment Mergers and Acquisitions

Illiquid lunch: Ageas finesses investment strategy

With high-yield and emerging market bonds losing their shine, Ageas pushed deeper into less liquid strategies in 2017. Wim Vermeir, the firm’s head of investments, hopes Eiopa will make asset classes like infrastructure debt even more attractive for insurers

Europe Asset Management/Investment

Asset Management: Guiding the flock

Volatile equity markets are throwing up interesting questions of strategy for insurers, argues Axa Investment Managers' insurance solutions strategist Chris Price

Asset Management/Investment Axa

Insurance CIOs face a balancing act in 2018

Macroeconomic uncertainty abounds, yet the search for yield continues as chief investment officers enter the New Year. Insurance Day asked six insurance investment experts where the best opportunities lie in the year ahead and how insurers may look to reposition their portfolios to guard against potential volatility
Asset Management/Investment

How to profit from infrastructure investment

Infrastructure is an attractive asset class that offers opportunities to improve investment returns – but a strict, quality-based selection process is required

Europe North America

Stepping up equity investment without breaching solvency capital requirements

Institutional investors are beginning to question the regulatory constraints which are forcing them to buy over-valued government bonds and to diversify into more reasonably priced asset classes

Asset Management/Investment Regulation

Slimmer pickings in the private debt universe

Zurich is one of the most consistent insurers around when it comes to the allocations within its heavily outsourced $200bn balance sheet investment portfolio. However, private debt and responsible investing remain a strong focus at the margins – even though the former may have lost some of its shine

Zurich Asset Management/Investment
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