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Largest French insurers ‘making good headway’ with Brexit continuity plans

The largest French insurers conducting business in the UK “have made good headway” in implementing their continuity plans in the face of Brexit, the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority has said.

In its 2018
Annual Report, the ACPR said some entities are in “wait-and-see mode”, in response to statements made by the British government. The situation looks to be similarly well in hand in the case of UK entities using European passports to do business in France

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

IFRS 17 delay would lead to ‘significant additional costs”, GDV warns

IFRS 17 should be implemented without further delay by 2022, and any proposed changes to the regulations should only be taken into account if they are essential for the modelling of the business model and can be implemented in the given timeframe, German trade body, GDV, has argued

Swiss fund market value rises by 1.6% in July

Assets placed in Swiss investment funds in July increased by CHF 18.4bn, or 1.6%, according to data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar

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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

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

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

Everest Insurance appoints new Bermuda insurance operations lead

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

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

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%

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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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