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Conservative investment portfolios helping to keep Germany’s non-life sector outlook stable

Germany’s non-life insurance sector has had its outlook maintained at stable by AM Best, partly due to the industry’s conservative investment portfolios limiting exposure to COVID-19-driven financial market volatility

Global insurance premiums to ‘recover to pre-COVID-19 crisis levels in 2021’

Global life insurance premiums are expected to contract by 6% in 2020 and non-life premiums by 0.1% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Swiss Re has said, before volumes recover to pre-COVID-19 crisis levels in 2021

CBIRC encourages great investment in medium/long-term corporate bonds by insurers

Chinese insurance institutions should increase their investment in medium and long-term corporate bonds to help accelrate economic recovery folllowing COVID-19, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) has said

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ABI announces extension to chair and deputy chair terms

The ABI has confirmed both its board chair Jon Dye, chief executive, Allianz Insurance, and deputy chair Julian Adams, director, public policy and regulation, M&G have agreed to extend their current roles to serve the full two year term, ending summer 2021

PRA sets deadline for firms to embed climate-related financial risk management

PRA-regulated firms should have fully embedded their approaches to managing climate-related financial risks by the end of 2021, deputy governor for prudential regulation and CEO of the PRA Sam Woods has said

European insurance industry supports EC’s sustainability objectives

The European insurance industry supports the EC’s sustainability objectives and generally welcomes the amendments to integrate sustainability into insurers’ prudential framework and sales processes, Insurance Europe has said

Insurance supervisors should ‘strengthen their efforts’ to help insurers with LIBOR transition

Insurance supervisors should “strengthen their efforts” in facilitating insurers to transition away from LIBOR, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has said

Insurance Europe calls for improvements to SII encouraging investment in SMEs

Improvements to Solvency II are needed if investment is to be encouraged, particularly in SMEs, Insurance Europe has said

MA functioning ‘as intended’ during COVID-19 but some clarifications needed, PRA says

The matching adjustment (MA) has functioned as intended thus far throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the PRA has said, but areas remain where clarifications are needed to ensure consistency in firms’ interpretation of the regulator’s policy

‘Urgent need for clarity’ on treatment of RFR around IBOR transition – Insurance Europe

An “urgent need for clarity” is needed on how EIOPA’s Solvency II (SII) risk-free rates (RFR) will be amended to reflect the transition away from IBOR rates, Insurance Europe has said

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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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