Allianz is pushing full steam ahead under new chief investment officer Carsten Quitter, with infrastructure debt and equity, real estate and renewables all key components as the firm targets a 20% allocation to alternative assets
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UK-listed insurer will cut carbon intensity of its investments 60% by 2030
Large, unreconciled premium payments can lead to auditing failures for insurers, damage client relationships and, ultimately, the reputation of the insurer and that of the industry
Premiums should grow in 2021, but fierce competition could hold back rate increases in the post-pandemic recovery
The climate aspect of ESG has become central to stakeholders’ concerns about the appetite of insurers to improve their governance structures and ability to build resilience to systemic risks
Careful stewardship of insurers’ capital positions will be required next year, particularly among carriers that cannot easily access debt or acquire straightforward equity capital
A rapid market rebound has put insurers’ investment portfolios back into positive territory for 2020, but generating returns will only get harder in 2021
The fault lines in the credit sector are beginning to show, but stress and scenario testing can mitigate the financial impact on their investment portfolios and governance frameworks
Accounting and settlement in the insurance industry is still dominated by manual processes and lack of data integration, resulting in the slow transfer of funds
The insurance industry and capital markets can mitigate some of the physical impacts of climate change, but infrastructure investment and regulation will be critical in reducing the underlying risk
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