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Few US insurers alter investment strategies in response to climate change impact considerations

Few US insurers have reported altering their investment strategy in response to considerations of the impact of climate change on investment portfolios, findings published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have revealed

Skandia invests SEK 1bn in train infrastructure

Skandia has invested SEK 1bn in train infrastructure via a bond issued by the Eurofima partner body

Ageas successfully places €500m Tier 2 notes to strengthen regulatory solvency

Ageas has successfully placed debt securities in the form of €500m subordinated fixed to floating rate notes maturing in November 2051 and with a first call date in 2031

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Growth in the US insurance industry’s exposure to bonds with NAIC 2 designations stabilises

Following gradual annual increases over the last decade, US insurers’ exposure to NAIC-2 designated bonds as a percentage of total bonds was unchanged at 30% at year-end 2019 compared to year-end 2018, latest figures published by the NAIC have shown

QIC Group appoints new CEO for Oman Qatar Insurance Company

Qatar Insurance Group has recently announced the appointment of Hasan Al-Lawati as the new CEO for its subsidiary Oman Qatar Insurance Company (OQIC)

Zurich in discussions to acquire MetLife’s US P&C business for close to $4bn

Zurich is in discussions to acquire MetLife’s US P&C business for close to $4bn

RSA agrees £7.2bn takeover from Intact and Tryg

British insurer RSA has agreed a £7.2bn takeover from Intact Financial Corporation and the Scandinavian insurer Tryg

PIC invests £65m in Welsh housing association

Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has invested £65m in debt issued by Pobl, a housing association based in Newport, Wales

Aviva to sell its entire shareholding in Aviva Vita for c.€400m

Aviva has agreed to sell its entire 80% shareholding in the Italian life insurance joint venture, Aviva Vita S.p.A. (Aviva Vita), to its partner UBI Banca

Aviva reports 13.8% decline in VNB by life insurance business

Aviva has reported a 13.8% decline in the value of new business (VNB) written by its life insurance business, which stood at £714m in the first nine months of the year

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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
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