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US insurers invest $45.4bn in ETFs in 2021; 15% up from previous year

US insurance companies invested $45.4bn in ETFs as of year-end 2021, up by 15% from 2020, according to latest figures published by S&P Dow Jones Indices

Beazley's pre-tax profits fall by 87% as investment losses hit

Beazley’s H1 2022 pre-tax profits have fallen by 87% to $22.3m compared with a profit of $167.3mn for the first half of 2021, which it said was partly due to $193m in investment losses driven by an “unusual” trading environment.

Gothaer begins exclusive cooperation with solar supplier Ecoplant

Gothaer has begun an exclusive cooperation with solar supplier Ecoplant, as part of an initiative launched at the end of 2021 to support small and medium-sized companies in the energy transition

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Ping An upgrades AI-based ESG evaluation system to drive responsible investment

Ping An has upgraded its proprietary ESG evaluation system to meet the group’s rising demand for high quality ESG scoring data

Athora acquires Amissima Vita

Athora has completed the acquisition of Italian life insurer, Amissima Vita

Generali’s H1 result hit by Russian investment impairments

Generali’s net result fell to €1,402m in H1 2022, compared to €1,540m in H1 2021, due to impairments on Russian investments

Increasing interest rates/rising inflation major fixed income concerns for institutional investors

Eighty-five per cent of institutional investors are concerned about further rises in interest rates in the fixed income market, with 80% also worried about rising inflation

Hiscox records H1 investment loss of $214.1m

Hiscox has reported an investment result loss of $214.1m for H1 2022 compared to a profit of $61.9m a year earlier, due to interest rates rising sharply, credit spreads widening and equity markets selling off

US insurers’ mortgage loan exposure rises to $647.7bn

US insurers had $647.7bn in book/adjusted carrying value (BACV) of mortgage loans at year-end 2021, which was a 3% increase from $626.5bn in BACV at year-end 2020

Berkshire Hathaway reports $43.8bn loss due to stumbling US stock prices

Berkshire Hathaway has reported a $43.8bn loss in Q2 2022, due to tumbling US stock prices



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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

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

Infrastructure investment interest growing among insurers; supply problems remain

Europe's insurers are becoming increasingly interested in infrastructure assets, but more action is required by policymakers to unlock future potential investment, according to a survey conducted by Insurance Europe

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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DIVERSIFIED PRIVATE CREDIT
Editor Adam Cadle talks to BNP Paribas Asset Management head of pension solutions Julien Halfon about investing in diversified private credit
 

European Loans roundtable

 

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