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Insurance Asset Management Awards 2022 open for entries

The Insurance Asset Management Awards 2022 are now open to entries from firms across the insurance asset management space serving clients in the UK

Generali’s net result decreases by 9.3% due to impairments on Russian investments

Generali’s net earnings decreased by 9.3% to  €727m in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021 due to the impact of €96m related to Russian fixed income instruments directly held by the group and €40m for the stake in Ingosstrakh

EU directive is credit positive for Spanish, Italian, French and German covered bonds – Moody’s

The new EU covered bond directive and associated amendments to national laws will strengthen credit standards for Spanish, Italian, French and German covered bonds, Moody’s has stated

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Reinsurance buyers have faced ‘near-perfect storm’

Reinsurance buyers faced “a near-perfect storm” during the renewals period in June, a report published by Aon has stated

Macif takes new step in fossil fuel exit strategy

French insurer, Macif, is excluding from its future investments the main companies developing new oil and gas production capacities, as well as those whose turnover is more than 5% from unconventional hydrocarbons

Investors unclear on FCA’s changes to MiFID II research rules

The FCA’s changes to MiFID II research rules have left investors unclear as to how they implement them practically, the European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA) has warned

Columbia Threadneedle completes brand integration of BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA)

Columbia Threadneedle has completed the rebrand of BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA), bringing together its products and savings plans, website and legal entities under a single global brand

Mexico’s general insurance industry to reach $26.1bn by 2026

Mexico’s general insurance industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5%, from $18.2bn in 2021 to $26.1bn in 2026, according to latest figures published by GlobalData

AXA pledges further commitment to ORRAA

AXA is further committing to its membership of the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)

Phoenix announces €60m investment in Italian gas network

Phoenix Group has invested €60m in Italian gas network, Societa Gasdotti Italia S.p.A (SGI)

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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
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

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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