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IAIS must focus on systemic activities of insurance sector ‘as a whole’, body argues

A greater focus by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) on potentially systemic activities of the insurance sector as a whole is warranted, Insurance Europe has argued

Everest Insurance appoints new Bermuda insurance operations lead

Everest Insurance has announced the appointment of Kyle Adams to lead the Everest Insurance Bermuda operations

US insurance industry’s holdings of structured securities rise by almost 7%

The US insurance industry’s overall holdings of structured securities rose for a third straight year, by nearly 7% in 2018, and now top the $1trn mark, according to a new AM Best report

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Former DWS CEO Nicolas Moreau joins HSBC Global Asset Management

Former DWS CEO, Nicolas Moreau, has been appointed as the new CEO of HSBC Global Asset Management

Insurance companies urged to drop policies in Trans Mountain Pipeline

A global coalition of 32 environmental, indigenous and citizen groups is calling on insurance companies listed on the insurance certificate for the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline to drop their policies ahead of the 31 August renewal deadline

Leveraged loan and CLO exposure risks for insurers understated

Financial institutions’ leveraged loan and CLO exposures are manageable to sector capital but risks may rise sharply in a stress, Fitch Ratings has said in a new report

Finnish insurer records most profitable first half of year in 20 years

Finnish insurer, Varma, has recorded its most profitable first half of the year in 20 years with a return on investments of 6.9% or €3bn

Aviva delivers strong general insurance results with combined ratio of 95.9%

Aviva has delivered strong general insurance results with a combined ratio of 95.9%

Cattolica Assicurazioni submits offer for UBI’s Banca’s life insurance business

Italy’s Cattolica Assicurazioni has presented a non-binding offer for the life insurance business of UBI Banca, chief executive Alberto Minali said.

Adverse credit spreads decrease Aegon Netherlands SII ratio from 181% to 152%

Aegon Netherlands has seen its estimated Solvency II ratio in the Netherlands decrease to 152% on 30 June 2019 from 181% on 31 December 2018, mainly driven by adverse market impacts

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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

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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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