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Japan Post Insurance shifts approach to sustainable investing

Japan Post Insurance is shifting its approach to sustainable investing by picking companies with a technological edge to solving global problems, its investment chief has said

EIOPA calls for information on LTG measures and SII review

EIOPA has announced the request addressed to insurance undertakings of the EEA and subject to Solvency II (SII) to provide information on the Long-Term Guarantees (LTG) measures, on the dynamic volatility adjustment and on long-term illiquid liabilities

Allianz looking to combine AM arm with DWS - reports

Allianz is exploring combining its asset management (AM) arm with DWS, according to reports from Bloomberg and Reuters

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UK insurers ‘generally well prepared’ for Brexit, ratings agency says

UK insurers are “generally well prepared” for Brexit, according to U.S.-based credit ratings agency AM Best

May tells MPs she is ‘not prepared to delay Brexit beyond June’

Prime Minister Theresa May has told MPs she is “not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June, and hinted that she will quit if the UK stays beyond this period

Blanc to replace Conoscente as Scor reinsurance CEO

SCOR Global P&C has announced that Michel Blanc is to be promoted to CEO of reinsurance, following Jean-Paul Conoscente’s appointment as CEO of SCOR Global P&C with effect from 1 April 2019

Junior infra debt ‘uniquely placed’ to form key part of insurers' investment portfolios

Junior infrastructure debt is "uniquely placed" to form an important part of insurers’ investment portfolios due to its high illiquidity premium, lower risk credit risk profile, moderate tenor and unique diversification characteristics, Schroders has said.

In its latest thought-piece co-authored by insurance ALM director Clara Yan and alternatives director Claire Smith, Schroders said “junior debt offers a unique profile where investors can capture a high complexity, or illiquidity, premium for often a better credit profile compared to other asset classes of similar ratings or returns”

Munich Re expecting return on investments of around 3%

Munich Re expects an investment result of around €6.5bn for 2019, representing a return on investments of about 3%, according to its latest financial statement

Short Brexit extension ‘will be possible’ but ‘conditional on positive vote in HOC’ - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he believes a short Brexit extension ‘will be possible’ but only on the condition that MPs pass Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal in the House of Commons (HOC)

Insurance companies see 2018 GWP increase by 4.5% to 10.14bn lei

Insurance companies regulated and authorised by the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) have seen their 2018 gross premiums increase by 4.5% to 10.14bn lei, according to latest figures



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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

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

'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

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


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