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
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The macroeconomic tides are shifting and Roland Vogel is determined to keep the reinsurer one step ahead. Having sold the reinsurer’s equity positions, he is now positioning the bond portfolio for rate hikes while pushing further into high-yielding private equity and real estate assets
The German giant is reported to be looking to sell MEAG
Insurers in Latin America are leveraging new technologies to gain an edge in market environments struggling under the pressures of rising inflation
With interest rates set to rise and cat losses fresh in the memory, liquidity is front of mind for Bermudians. However, the island’s re/insurers remain committed to diversification and growth assets having enjoyed a strong year of returns in 2017
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
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