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Asset Management

UK insurers remain reluctant converts to convertible bonds

Offering a compelling risk-return profile and interest rate hedging, convertibles appear increasingly attractive and allocations from insurers are increasing across Europe. However, convertibles do not always fit neatly into insurer portfolios, and remain an afterthought for many in the UK
Europe United Kingdom Asset Management/Investment

Soaring equities remain an uncomfortable fit for insurers

Equities performance has been stellar for more than a year, yet insurers refuse to be lured: with equity indices still rising, many are banking profits and reinvesting in capital efficient alternatives

Asset Management/Investment
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Why investment in infrastructure has lost some of its shine

Offering an attractive suite of portfolio benefits, infrastructure has been at the top of insurers' thoughts for some time. But with project supply in the UK limited and loan yields on the decline, some are asking whether now is the right time for small and medium-sized insurers to follow major groups into the asset class
Asset Management/Investment

Insurance companies must be nimble with the fixed income investments

Companies should look beyond the short term and try to determine what risks and rewards are in store

Asset Management/Investment

Swiss Re's bold move on ethical investing

The reinsurance giant’s $130bn commitment to ethical indices took courage, conviction and consideration. Chief investment officer Guido Fürer hopes the move will encourage more insurers to follow suit, and convince a wider audience that ESG offers enhanced performance over the long term
Asset Management/Investment Europe

A more flexible approach to capital setting

The recently revised catastrophe models for North American earthquakes mean London market companies face a number of challenges in terms of making the required changes to their  internal capital models under Solvency II

Europe London

Rearranging the building blocks of property portfolio management

The changing trends in the global property investment market have very definite implications for insurers both as investors in property assets and as underwriters of property portfolio investment risks

Asset Management/Investment International

Fixing the roof while the sun is shining

On the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, insurers should seriously think about future proofing their investment portfolios against the inevitable financial market  dislocations and traumas lying in wait 
Focus Solvency II

Managing capital is not the same as managing investments

Even the most agile capital model cannot deliver the granularity to accommodate real-world investment market behaviour

International Solvency II

Periodical payment orders put motor insurers in a quandary

With PPOs altering motor insurers' liability profiles, many investment chiefs are still unsure of the true nature of their exposures –  making it difficult to adjust their investment strategies
United Kingdom Casualty

Asset management: Insurers warm to multi-asset funds

While look-through concerns persist, insurers are beginning to realise the diversification benefits of multi-assets under Solvency II. Meanwhile, managers in the strategy are adopting an increasingly insurer-friendly approach

Asset Management/Investment United Kingdom
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