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Athora’s assets under administration rise by €68bn; BSCR ratio of 242% recorded

Athora’s assets under administration grew to €83bn during the year ending 31 December 2020, a rise of €68bn

67% of institutional investors expect increased allocation to commodities

Over two thirds of institutional investors (67%) expect the level of allocation into commodities to increase during 2021, according to new research with 150 European institutional investors and wealth managers with a combined AUM of $292.8bn

Länsförsäkringar's investments in sustainability-oriented bonds increased by SEK 7.5bn in 2020

Länsförsäkringar's investments in green, social and thematic (sustainability-oriented) bonds on behalf of customers increased by approximately SEK 7.5bn in 2020

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SSGA appoints Lagerwaard as head of continental Europe

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has appointed Gerben Lagerwaard as head of continental Europe, global institutional group, effective immediately

Willis Towers Watson commits delegated investment portfolios to net zero

Willis Towers Watson Investments is targeting net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, with at least a 50% reduction by 2030, in its fully discretionary delegated investment portfolios

US life insurers’ statutory capital grows by 5.8%

Statutory capital for Fitch Ratings’ universe of life insurance companies grew 5.8% in 2020 to $437bn from $413bn as of year-end 2019

Varma invests €200m in sustainable investment fund

Varma has invested €200m in the sustainable ETF by the global asset management firm BlackRock

EIOPA publishes results from yearly study on modelling of market and credit risk

The European insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published the results from its yearly study on the modelling of market and credit risk (MCRCS)

BMA creates regulatory/supervisory team addressing climate change risk

The Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) is increasing its focus on climate change matters with the introduction of a regulatory and supervisory team specialising in the licensing
and supervision of innovative business model proposals to address climate change risk and the associated protection gap

New Zealand becomes first country to introduce climate change law for insurers

New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law requiring banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business



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Chinese onshore bonds - worth considering for your insurance assets?

The context behind the Chinese domestic bond market and why Pictet Asset Management believes this market offers insurance companies superior investment opportunities

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

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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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
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