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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
But ignoring the implications of Eiopa's review of Solvency II could increase capital charges for companies
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
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
Volatile equity markets are throwing up interesting questions of strategy for insurers, argues Axa Investment Managers' insurance solutions strategist Chris Price
Infrastructure is an attractive asset class that offers opportunities to improve investment returns – but a strict, quality-based selection process is required
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
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
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