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The Insurance Asset Management Awards 2023 are now open to entries from firms across the UK, European and global insurance spaces

Lloyd's resigns from NZIA

Lloyd’s has resigned as a member organisation from the Net Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA)

Aegon UK launches Climate Roadmap

Aegon UK has launched its ‘Climate Roadmap’, which sets out how the firm plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its investments and support its customers’ financial wellbeing in relation to climate change

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Slovakia’s regulator petitions to liquidate parts of Novis as insurer fights back

Slovakia’s regulator, Národná banka Slovenska (NbS), is to petition for the liquidation of parts of Novis Group, claiming that from October to July 2022, the insurer had performed insurance activities “imprudently in a way that harms interests of its clients and in a way that threatens its financial situation”

US bulk annuities market hits $6bn total volume for Q1 2023

The US bulk annuities market is expected to finish Q1 2023 with around $6bn in total market volume and surpass last year's record of $5.3bn, according to Legal & General Retirement America's (LGRA) Q1 2023 Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) Monitor

Total assets of Chinese insurance companies at ¥29.4trn

Total assets of Chinese insurance companies were ¥29.4trn at the end of Q1 2023, an increase of ¥1.22trn from the beginning of the year, according to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC)

Illiquid assets account for around 22% of UK life insurers’ investments

Illiquid assets, including property, mortgage debt and private equity holdings, account for around 22% of UK life insurers’ investments compared with 13% in 2017, Moody’s has revealed

Small increase in US insurers’ exposure to RMBS in 2022

US insurers’ investment in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), including both agency-backed (agency) and private-label, totalled about $341bn in book/adjusted carrying value (BACV) as of year-end 2022, according to the NAIC, which was about 4% of total cash and invested assets, a 1.5% increase from 2021

EU watchdogs highlight greenwashing across financial sector

Insurers, banks, and investment firms across the EU have made "misleading claims" about their sustainability credentials to investors, EU watchdogs said in progress reports on Thursday to crack down on greenwashing

Aegon UK pension scheme completes £160m buy-in with Scottish Widows

The trustee of the Aegon UK Staff Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme has completed a £160m partial buy-in with Scottish Widows, covering the interest rate, inflation and longevity risk relating to around 500 members

Latest Features

Sustainability stays strong in emerging debt markets

In an otherwise ugly environment for bond issuers and investors, the future for emerging market debt looks unquestionably green

Time for insurers to embrace the ESG opportunity

Sustainability is rapidly becoming a core focus in investment strategies and access to reliable data is key to putting money to work with the right fund managers

Bond investors need to understand the volatility cycle

Fixed income markets have become increasingly volatile, a trend that looks set to continue. Investors need to adapt themselves

Strategic Credit: a nimble approach for an uncertain world

What are the advantages of active credit allocation in portfolios now that government bonds no longer serve their traditional purpose?

Navigating credit markets
Adam Cadle speaks to Jon Mawby, Head of Investment Grade Credit at Pictet Asset Management, about navigating the credit markets given yields have fallen to low levels over the past decades, whilst interest rate duration risk has continued to rise.
Portfolio optimisation in today’s challenging market environment
Adam Cadle speaks to Dr Laura Ryan, Head of Research at Ardea Investment Management, about the firm’s insurance asset allocation optimisation tool and the reasons for developing it
Opportunities in alternative fixed income
Adam Cadle speaks to Frank Meijer, Head of Alternative Fixed Income at Aegon Asset Management, about the key opportunities within the alternative fixed income space and how insurers can access these.
Why are government bonds so important when thinking about climate change?
Adam Cadle speaks to Dr Laura Ryan, Head of Research, Ardea Investment Management, about the importance of government bonds and climate change, and how the scope of impact and potential for change couldn't be greater

Impact Investing roundtable

Expert Views
How can we rethink insurance investment to solve the complexity challenge?
The model of insurance investing has been upended since the financial crisis by a confluence of challenges. New assets, strategies and partnerships have the potential to help insurers cut through this complexity and deliver sustainable solutions
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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

Absolute Return Fixed Income roundtable

The role ETFs can play in the ESG journey for insurers
Justin Wheeler, Head of UK iShares Asset Owner Distribution at BlackRock, and Mark Guirey, Head of EMEA Insurance Segment and UK Asset Owner Client Coverage at MSCI, discuss the drivers behind growth in this area, market reactions to COVID-19, and the role of indexing
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