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Govt bonds form 52.9% of total investments made by Italian insurers

Government bonds formed 52.9% of total investments made by Italian insurers in H1 2020, compared to 52.7% in H1 2019

Total AuM at world's largest asset managers exceeds $100trn for first time

Assets under management (AuM) at the world’s 500 largest asset managers exceeded $100trn for the first time in 2019 – totalling $104.4trn, according to new research published by the Thinking Ahead Institute

HM Treasury issues call for evidence as part of SII review

HM Treasury has today issued a call for evidence as part of a review into Solvency II (SII)

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FCA and PRA urge UK insurers to build on post-Brexit plans

The FCA and the PRA have sent a letter to the CEOs of insurance providers in the UK concerning their contingency plans once the Brexit transitional period finishes in 2021

Nippon Life invests JPY 11.4bn in sustainable development bonds

Nippon Life has invested approximately JPY 11.4bn in sustainable development bonds issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)

ELTIFs need to be made more attractive to long-term institutional investors, federation argues

Europe’s insurers are urging the European Commission (EC) to make European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIF) more attractive by making changes around fund design, portfolio composition and eligibility of investment assets

Storebrand records 17% growth in AuM; solvency ratio rises to 179%

Life insurance company Storebrand has seen its assets under management (AuM) increase by NOK 134bn to NOK 921bn for Q3 2020, up by 17% compared to the corresponding period last year, due to market returns and net flows from institutional customers

IRDAI’s regulatory proposal around InvITs expected to boost insurer infra investments

The Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) proposal to amend the regulations around investments in infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) is expected to open an alternate source of investments for Indian insurers, according to GlobalData

US P&C insurers report premium returns of $8.5bn during H1 2020

US property/casualty insurers reported premium returns of $8.5bn during the first half of 2020, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new AM Best commentary

COVID-19 accelerating over three quarters of insurers’ ESG focus

More than three quarters of insurers (78%) have said the impact of COVID-19 is accelerating their focus on ESG

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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


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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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