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UK Govt publishes 2023 Green Finance Strategy

The UK Government has published its Mobilising Green Investment: 2023 Green Finance Strategy, aiming to strengthen the country’s position at the forefront of the rapidly growing global green finance market, while driving private investment to deliver its energy security, net-zero and environmental objectives

US insurers' fixed income ETF holdings drop by 12%

US insurers’ fixed income ETF holdings totalled $7.5bn as of YE 2022, down from $8.5bn in 2021, according to Fitch Ratings

Fee pressure easing for asset managers in Europe’s insurance arena

Fee pressure for asset managers operating in the European general account insurance market is easing, according to Cerulli’s latest research, with just 10% of asset managers seeing decreasing fees as a significant obstacle to growing their business, compared to 42% in the previous year

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China’s insurance market to benefit from liberalisation

China’s insurance market is set to benefit from the liberalisation around foreign ownership on insurance asset management companies (IAMCs), Cerulli has said

Scottish Widows selects BlackRock/abrdn to manage new equities funds tracking decarbonising benchmarks

Scottish Widows has selected BlackRock and abrdn to manage its new range of regional equities funds which track decarbonising benchmarks

NZAOA outlines new guidance for oil and gas investments

The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA) has today outlined new guidance for members regarding their approach to the oil and gas sector, calling on consumers and suppliers of oil and gas to set Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets while aligning their operations activities, including capital expenditure, with established 1.5°C pathways

Varma’s investment portfolio records 11% reduction in absolute emissions

The absolute emissions of Varma’s investment portfolio were down 11% at the end of 2022 compared to 2021, its latest annual and sustainability report has revealed

French life insurance premiums record best month of February since 2010

French life insurance premiums hit €13bn in February 2023, their best month of February since 2010, France Assureurs has revealed

Ping An releases 2022 Sustainability Report revealing roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality goal

Ping An has published its 2022 Sustainability Report revealing its roadmap to achieving its carbon neutrality goal

Biodiversity concerns moving towards parity with climate change worries for investors

Biodiversity concerns among global institutional and wholesale investors are moving towards parity with those around climate change, Robeco’s latest Climate Survey has revealed

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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

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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
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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

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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