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Italian insurers at risk from concentration in BTPs, IMF warns

An upward shift of 100bps in the yield of Italian sovereign debt would reduce the value of insurance companies’ own funds by 28%, the IMF has said

IAIS reviewing 2020 timelines for implementation of holistic framework for mitigation of systemic risk

The IAIS is to utilise the framework it has developed in recent years for forward-looking risk assessment to undertake a targeted assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global insurance sector, and will review the 2020 timelines for the implementation of the holistic framework for the mitigation of systemic risk in the global insurance sector

Gefion ordered to cease writing business

The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, Finanstilsynet, has ordered Gefion Insurance A/S to cease writing business with immediate effect

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JPMAM appoints new head of international fixed income insurance/pensions as Sharma departs

J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has appointed Bryan Wallace as head of international fixed income insurance and pensions, replacing Prashant Sharma who are seven years with the firm, has decided to pursue opportunities elsewhere

US P&C insurers strong and solvent amid interest rate/COVID-19 impacts

US property and casualty insurers will be able to remain strong and solvent during the current period of lower interest rates and other financial impacts from COVID-19, Insurance Information Institute CEO Sean Kevelighan has said

Think tank develops first COVID-19 stress test scenarios

The think tank, 2 Degrees Investing Initiative (2DII) has developed stress tests based on COVID-19 scenarios to assess the financial risks of the virus

Lloyd's in 'strong position' to respond to COVID-19 impacts

Lloyd’s of London has today confirmed that the market is in a “strong position” to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, with net resources increasing by 8.6% to £30.6bn in 2019 and a central solvency ratio of 238%

French life insurers see net inflows rise by €0.9bn

French life insurers recorded net inflows of €1.4bn for February 2020, up from €0.5bn for January 2020

Call for delay in compliance dates for initial margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives

A wide group of financial associations – including Insurance Europe – has called for a delay in the compliance dates for initial margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives to account for problems companies face due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Closing European financial markets would have ‘devastating’ impact on economy

A group of ten financial associations, including Insurance Europe, have written to several European and national policymakers to emphasise the importance of keeping European financial markets open during the COVID-19 pandemic

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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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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
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