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Insurance Asset Management Awards 2022 – winners announced

The winners of the Insurance Asset Management Awards 2022 were announced last night at a gala ceremony in London

Achmea prices green senior bond of €500m

Dutch insurer, Achmea, has printed a €500m green senior bond, the inaugural issuance under its Green Finance Framework (GFF)

Proportion of SFDR Article 8 and 9 unit-linked funds on insurers' platforms expected to grow by 15%

The proportion of SFDR Article 8 and 9 unit-linked funds on insurers’ platforms in Europe is expected to grow by an average of 15 percentage points to 32% over the next 12 to 24 months, therefore creating opportunities for external asset managers, latest research by Cerulli has shown

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AM Best maintains stable outlook on US L/A industry

AM Best is maintaining a stable market segment outlook on the US life/annuity insurance industry for 2023, citing factors that include favourable earnings, strong liquidity profiles and strong levels of risk-adjusted capitalisation among carriers

Institutional investors turn to arbitrage hedge funds

Twenty-eight per cent of professional investors believe institutional investors will dramatically increase allocations to arbitrage hedge funds, while 46% believe they will slightly increase them over the next 12 months, new research published by Managing Partners Group (MPG) has shown

Share of investments managed by German insurers based on ESG criteria rises to 88%

The share of investments managed by German insurance companies based on ESG criteria has increased to 88% up to 82% in 2021, according to latest figures published by the German Insurance Association (GDV)

Insurers sign up to PRI Advance initiative

A number of global insurers have signed up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) 'Advance', a collaborative stewardship initiative on social issues and human rights

a.s.r. issues €1bn subordinated Tier 2 capital instrument

Dutch insurer, a.s.r., has launched and priced a €1bn subordinated Tier 2 capital instrument

Zurich completes sale of Italian life and pensions back book to GamaLife

Zurich's subsidiary, Zurich Investments Life S.p.A., has completed the sale of its life and pensions back book, composed of both traditional and unit-linked policies, to the Portuguese insurance company GamaLife – Companhia de Seguros de Vida, S.A. (GamaLife)

Norwegian life insurers see profits fall from NOK 8.5bn to NOK 432m

Norwegian life insurers have recorded significantly weaker results in Q1 to Q3 2022 compared to the same period last year, with profits before tax falling from NOK 8.5bn to NOK 432m, figures published by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet) have shown



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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.
 
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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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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