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Top 500 managers see assets hit record $119.5trn

Assets under management (AuM) at the world’s 500 largest asset managers have reached a new record of US$119.5trn, according to new research from the Thinking Ahead Institute

Generali to announce ‘very ambitious’ new 3-year strategic plan

Generali is to announce a “very ambitious” new three-year strategic plan on 15 December, and continues to look at Europe and Asia for possible M&A opportunities, its CEO Philippe Donnet has said

Sumitomo Life to outsource portion of investment assets

Sumitomo Life Insurance Company has decided to outsource a portion of its investment assets to Symetra Investment Management Company, for the purpose of increasing the group’s investment income over the medium to long term

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AIA CIO: ‘Equities will outperform bonds over the next year’

AIA chief investment officer Mark Konyn believes stock markets will outperform bonds for the rest of the year, but has warned about the potential impact of a global corporate tax deal on profit margins and economic growth

SCOR supports WTW’s Climate Transition Pathway

SCOR has signed up to support the energy transition and the Climate Transition Pathway (CTP) accreditation framework developed by Willis Towers Watson

Chris Wallace to head up QBE UK insurance business

Chris Wallace has been appointed executive director of QBE’s UK Insurance business

EIOPA welcomes SII proposals from EC on sustainability

EIOPA has welcomed the Solvency II proposals of the European Commission (EC) to give mandates to the independent advisory body for further action on sustainable finance

AXIS updates fossil fuel policy

AXIS Capital Holdings is updating its fossil fuel underwriting and investment policy related to thermal coal, oil sands and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

ANIA president calls on insurers to play ‘crucial role’ in climate transition

The president of the Italian Insurance Association (ANIA) has called on the insurance industry to play a “crucial role” in the transition towards a more climate-resilient society

Over half of investors expect portfolio diversification to increase, survey finds

Over half (53%) of investors believe that institutional investors will look to ‘dramatically increase’ the diversification of their portfolios over the next two years, according to Nickel Digital Asset Management



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