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US L/A industry sees 5.7% net income decline

The US life/annuity (L/A) industry posted a 5.7% decline in net income to $37.6bn in 2023, which included $15bn of net realised capital losses, according to AM Best

45% of European asset managers have already or are actively developing AI solutions

Around 45% of European asset managers have already implemented AI solutions or are actively developing applications, research from Coalition Greenwich has revealed

AllianzGI to vote against Woodside Energy’s climate transition plan

Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has announced that it will vote against Woodside Energy’s climate transition action plan as well as the election of the chair of the board

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Aviva launches BPA service for smaller schemes

Aviva has launched a streamlined bulk purchase annuity (BPA) service designed specifically to support market access for smaller schemes, typically with assets of less than £100m

Rothesay profits up following record year for pension risk transfer market

Rothesay Life generated adjusted operating profits of £1.4bn in 2023, the group has reported in its latest trading update

Swiss Life Asset Managers enters joint venture with True North Management

Swiss Life Asset Managers (SLAM) has entered a joint venture with True North Management to invest in the UK co-living sector

Institutional investors second only to banks in MSME funding

Institutional investors rank second only to banks as the primary source of funding for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), according to a new survey by Tradeteq

Nippon Life to establish Indian subsidiary in Mumbai

Japanese life insurer Nippon Life has announced that its Singapore-based Asia Pacific subsidiary will establish a new subsidiary in Mumbai, India

Just Group completes £130m buy-in with Lucite UK pension scheme

Lucite International UK Pension Fund has completed a £130m buy-in with Just Group, securing the benefits of 438 uninsured members, including 156 pensioners and dependants and 282 deferred members

Resolution Life to acquire Asteron Life

Resolution Life has announced that Resolution Life Australasia, its trans-Tasman life insurer, has entered into an agreement with Suncorp Group to acquire its New Zealand life insurance company, Asteron Life New Zealand (Asteron Life) for NZ$410m

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.
A Different Approach to Direct Lending
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Asset Management’s head of direct lending UK & Europe, Tom Green, and head of insurance business, Deepak Seeburrun, about the firm’s direct lending proposition.
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


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
Expert Views
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

Impact Investing roundtable

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
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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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