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‘German life sector run-off deals could grow to €180bn by 2022’ – Fitch

Generali’s agreement to sell 89.9% of Generali Leben to Viridium reinforces expectations that disposal of closed funds will be a growing theme in the German life insurance market, with run-off deals expected to grow to €180bn, Fitch Ratings has said.

The transaction would be the largest run-off deal in Germany to date, covering traditional-business reserves of about €37bn

Insurers urged to take stand against coal plant in Czech Republic

Insurers should take a stand against coal expansion and refuse to insure a new 660MW coal plant in the Czech Republic, NGOs supporting the Unfriend Coal campaign have argued

Insurance Asset Management Awards 2018 – Enter Now

Now in their second exciting year, the Insurance Asset Management Awards are designed to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK and global insurance investment space among insurance companies, providers and individuals

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EXCLUSIVE: Will cryptocurrency ever be seen as a major asset class for insurers?

The cryptocurrency market is still very much immature and anyone looking at performance within it can only describe it as having the 'yo-yo' effect. Indeed, these constant spikes and troughs make it quite a volatile asset class for institutional investors such as insurers

Cost of insurance coverage for M&A deals 39% cheaper than in 2015

The cost of insurance coverage for M&A deals is 39% cheaper than in 2015 due to a rise in competition among insurers and a continued growth in use of policies, according to the fourth annual Global M&A Insurance Index by JLT

United Nations-backed insurance industry initiative to build resilient and sustainable cities

Following a year-long global consultation involving insurance industry leaders, mayors and key stakeholders, the insurance industry development goals for cities were launched today at the ICLEI World Congress 2018, with the goals setting the global agenda for the industry and cities in relation to economic, social and environmental sustainability

Generali to sell majority of life insurance unit to Viridium

Italian insurer Generali is to sell 89.9 per cent of its German life insurance unit Generali Leben to Viridium in a deal that would value the company at up to €1bn

Insurers looking to use acquisitions and partnerships to fuel growth

The majority of insurers intend to make acquisitions that could transform their organisations for the future, rather than “merely” enhancing their current business and operating models, according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG International

Monument Re acquires €500m run-off portfolio from Metlife Europe

Monument Re has acquired a run-off portfolio of linked and traditional business from Metlife Europe, initially through reinsurance to Monument Re, followed by the transfer of the portfolio to its European subsidiary Laguna Life upon receipt of court approvals

SCR for life insurers at 223%; non-life insurers record value of 207%

The Solvency Capital Requirement ratio for the median company is 223% for the life and 207% for the non-life insurance sectors, with the overall insurance sectors showing robust results in 2017, EIOPA has said

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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

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

Infrastructure investment interest growing among insurers; supply problems remain

Europe's insurers are becoming increasingly interested in infrastructure assets, but more action is required by policymakers to unlock future potential investment, according to a survey conducted by Insurance Europe

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