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VIG tightens sustainability rules in asset management and underwriting

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) has tightened its sustainability rules in asset management and underwriting, whilst also establishing its own Group Sustainability Office

Majority of institutional investors turning focus to yield – MPG

A majority of institutional investors and wealth managers are turning their focus to yield as opposed to growth in response to the changing geo-political and macroeconomic environment, new research from Managing Partners Group (MPG) has revealed

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German insurers less enthusiastic about private credit, BaFin says

German insurers are becoming less enthusiastic about private credit as rising interest rates make asset classes with higher liquidity more attractive, according to the country’s top financial regulator

AIG announces sale of 20% ownership stake of Corebridge to Nippon Life

AIG is selling approximately 120 million shares of its Corebridge common stock to Nippon Life for an aggregate purchase price of $3.8bn

Sun Life announces third sustainability bond offering

Sun Life intends to issue in Canada $750m principal amount of series 2024-1 subordinated unsecured 5.12% fixed/floating debentures due 2036

US insurers’ privately rated securities nearly triple in five years

The number of privately rated securities reported by US insurance companies totalled 8,152 at year-end 2023, a 20% increase from 6,792 in 2022, and is on pace to triple the count of 2,850 in 2019 by the end of 2024, the NAIC has revealed

Phoenix Group appoints Cecile Retaureau as new head of private markets

Phoenix Group has hired Cecile Retaureau as its new head of private markets to lead Phoenix’s growing private market team of 16 investment professionals across real estate, infrastructure, public finance, corporate credit and private equity

Global investment industry urged to double resources dedicated to stewardship

The global investment industry must double the resources dedicated to stewardship, a new report from the Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI), commissioned by the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has said

Finland’s Ilmarinen returns 3.2% in Q1

Finnish pension insurance company, Ilmarinen, returned 3.2% on its investments in the first quarter of 2024, its latest data has revealed

Latest Features

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.
A Different Approach to Direct Lending
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Asset Management’s head of direct lending UK & Europe, Tom Green, and head of insurance business, Deepak Seeburrun, about the firm’s direct lending proposition.
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


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

Impact Investing roundtable

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
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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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