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AXA IM launches fourth impact investing strategy focusing on EM/frontier consumers

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is to expand its suite of impact investment portfolios by launching a private market strategy focusing on opportunities that address the basic needs of emerging consumers across regions including Latin America, South and South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa

AM Best maintains negative outlook for China's non-life sector

AM Best is maintaining its negative outlook on the China non-life sector, owing to persistent pressure on the motor business, execution risks as the market turns toward a non-motor-focused business model and the industry’s dependence on investment returns to support earnings

NAIC testifies on international standard setting

The Superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance testified today on behalf of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) before the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affaira, outlining concerns of state insurance regulators in the development of an Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) and a holistic framework for systemic risk in the insurance sector

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Rothesay Life writes £3.7bn of new pension bulk annuity business in H2 2019

Rothesay Life has written £3.7bn of new pension bulk annuity business in H2 2019, and year-to-date new business is totalling around £4.4bn

Alternative capital and rate rises stabilising reinsurance industry

The reinsurance market has stabilised after a difficult period marked by declining profitability, lower return-on-equity (ROE) and significant natural catastrophes, the industry has said

Former Insurance Ireland CEO joins RSA Ireland

Former Insurance Ireland CEO Kevin Thompson has been appointed CEO of RSA Ireland, after being approved by the regulator Central Bank of Ireland

L&G announces £35m buyout of US law firm’s UK pension scheme

Legal & General (L&G) has announced a £35m buyout for the US owned law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s UK pension scheme

IAIS must focus on systemic activities of insurance sector ‘as a whole’, body argues

A greater focus by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) on potentially systemic activities of the insurance sector as a whole is warranted, Insurance Europe has argued

Median return on investment in European insurance sector decreases to just 1.95%

The median return on investment in the European insurance sector decreased significantly in 2017 to just 1.95%, compared to 2.83% in 2016, according to a report published by the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)

Major IFRS 17 issues still to be addressed, bodies warn

A joint call for further improvements to be made to IFRS 17 has been issued by Insurance Europe and CFO Forum

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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

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
Emerging Market Debt
Editor Adam Cadle talks to BNP Paribas Asset Management head of emerging markets debt Bryan Carter about the asset class and the opportunities in this space


European insurance companies renumeration

HSBC: Asian credit
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Global Asset Management global head of insurance segment Andries Hoekema and head of insurance business EMEA Deepak Seeburrun about investing in Asian credit for European insurers
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HSBC: Solvency II
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Global Asset Management global head of insurance segment Andries Hoekema and head of insurance business EMEA Deepak Seeburrun about Solvency II optimisation
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