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Chubb becomes first major US insurer to stop insuring and investing in coal

Chubb has become the first major US insurer to cease insuring and investing in coal

Zurich's CEO EMEA resigns

Zurich has announced that its CEO EMEA Amanda Blanc has resigned

Gross insurance premium income for Irish life/non-life sectors rises by 16.7%

Gross insurance premium income for life and non-life sectors in Ireland rose by 16.7% between 2016 and 2017

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GIAM appoints new head of investments

Generali Insurance Asset Management (GIAM) has announced the appointment of Antonio Pilato as its new head of investments

AXA IM selected by Foresters Friendly Society to manage multi-asset mandate

Foresters Friendly Society (Foresters), the mutual insurance provider, has appointed AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) to manage a £175m multi-asset mandate on behalf of its members, with capacity for the mandate to grow to £300m in the medium-term

Nordic insurance industry associations’ high-level policies shared

Finance Finland (FFI), Insurance Sweden, Finance Norway and Insurance and Pension Denmark have agreed on shared high-level policies in three important insurance themes

US P/C insurers experience record surplus growth

Private U.S. property/casualty insurers’ profitability as measured by their annualized rate of return on average policyholders’ surplus increased to 9.4%, the best first-quarter result since 10.8% in 2015, according to data analytics provider Verisk and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA)

Canadian proposals to limit reinsurance use would 'triple capital requirements and concentrate risk'

Proposals by the Canadian Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) to limit the ability of insurers to use reinsurance would require firms operating in Canada to more than triple their current capital base

Fifty financial institutions sign Dutch climate goal agreement

Fifty pension funds, asset managers, insurers, banks and their umbrella organisations have committed to the Dutch government’s climate goals

Swiss Re announces suspension of ReAssure’s IPO

Swiss Re has announced the suspension of its previously communicated plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of ReAssure

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'Double-hit' scenario to cause €160bn EU insurer balance sheet plunge

A 'double-hit' scenario across Europe is to have a negative impact worth €160bn on the undertakings balance-sheets of EU-wide insurers and for a 'low-for-long' scenario an impact of €100bn, according to EIOPA's latest insurance stress test report

Insurance Europe 'puzzled' by length of EIOPA's stress test recommendations

Insurance Europe is 'puzzled' by the long list of supervisory actions recommended by EIOPA arising from its latest stress test report

Real estate debt: how to target better outcomes from private debt investment

Careful underwriting of real estate debt can provide downside protection for insurers’ portfolios as the market cycle turns, says M&G’s Real Estate Debt Finance director Duncan Batty

Real estate debt: a compelling investment case for insurers

Insurance companies are increasingly seeking investments that offer both attractive returns and make efficient use of capital. A growing number are recognising the valuable role that real estate debt – specifically senior mortgages on commercial property – can play within a core fixed income portfolio – and the multiple benefits it can offer large-scale investors with longer investment horizons and capacity to accept illiquidity

Expert Views
New Rules, New opportunities: A return to European ABS for insurers?
At the height of the global financial crisis, insurance company investors withdrew from the securitised debt market and sold down their asset-backed securities (ABS) holdings. But a decade on, new regulation offers the potential for securitised debt to re-emerge as an attractive investment opportunity for Solvency II-regulated insurers, believes James King, Fund Manager at M&G Investments
Emerging Market Debt
Editor Adam Cadle talks to BNP Paribas Asset Management head of emerging markets debt Bryan Carter about the asset class and the opportunities in this space


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HSBC: Asian credit
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Global Asset Management global head of insurance segment Andries Hoekema and head of insurance business EMEA Deepak Seeburrun about investing in Asian credit for European insurers
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HSBC: Solvency II
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Global Asset Management global head of insurance segment Andries Hoekema and head of insurance business EMEA Deepak Seeburrun about Solvency II optimisation
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