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EC calls on Slovak insurance supervisory authority to fully comply with SII

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a formal opinion requiring the Slovak insurance supervisory authority (Národná banka Slovenska, NBS) to fully comply with Solvency II

Prudential and MetLife complete $16bn IBM PRT deal

Prudential has been selected alongside MetLife to participate in a $16bn pension risk transfer (PRT) transaction with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), the second-largest PRT ever in the US market

Delaware Life arranges $400m credit facility with Fundamental Renewables

Delaware Life has arranged a $400m credit facility with Fundamental Renewables, the clean energy investment arm of Fundamental Advisors (Fundamental)

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Valuation uncertainty expected to be ‘even greater’ for securitised private assets than sub-prime mortgages

Valuation uncertainty is expected to be even greater for securitised private assets than sub-prime m mortgages, the BoE’s executive director for insurance Charlotte Gerken has said

UK interest rates increase to 2.25%

The Bank of England has raised UK interest rates by 0.5 percentage points to 2.25% in an attempt to combat soaring inflation amid the cost of living crisis

Mini-budget ‘music to the ears’ of UK insurers

The UK’s Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that later this autumn the government is to bring forward an "ambitious deregulatory package" to "unleash the potential of the country’s financial services sector", including scrapping EU rules from Solvency II to free up billions of pounds for investment

US insurers’ CLO exposure increases by 12%

US insurers’ CLO exposure increased by 12% to $216.3bn as of year-end 2021, from $192.9bn at year-end 2020, latest figures published by AM Best have shown

HSBC to phase out thermal coal

HSBC Asset Management has announced its policy to phase out coal-fired power and thermal coal mining from its listed holdings

Swiss Re’s Group CIO Guido Fürer to retire

Swiss Re’s Group CIO and country president Switzerland, Guido Fürer, has decided to retire effective 31 March 2023, after 25 years with the company and having served as group CIO for a full decade

Nippon Life makes first transition loan agreement valued at ¥950m

Nippon Life has made a syndicated loan agreement valued at ¥950m with Sumitomo Chemical Company



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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

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

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

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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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?
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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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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
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