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Median SCR ratio for life and non-life European insurers continues to improve

European insurers maintained their solvency position during 2022 despite losses on fixed income and equity investments, according to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) Joint Committee Reporton risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system

L&G agrees £340m buy-in with Cable and Wireless pension scheme

L&G has agreed a £340m buy-in with the Cable and Wireless Superannuation Fund, securing the benefits of approximately 1,800 retirees and deferred members

China’s NAFR relaxes rules for insurers to invest in stock markets

China’s new financial regulator, the National Administration of Financial Regulation (NAFR), has reduced the risk weighting it attaches to insurance companies’ holdings of blue-chip shares and tech stocks, encouraging them to invest more in the country’s lagging stock market

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Aviva sells stake in Singapore Life for £800m

Aviva has agreed to sell its 25.9% stake in Singapore Life Holdings to Sumitomo Life for a total consideration of £800m

Chesnara swings to pretax profit on insurance

Pension and life insurance policy manager, Chesnara, posted a swing to pretax profit for the first half of 2023 on insurance profits and positive investment returns

Standard Life writes £3.2bn of BPA premiums in H1 2023

Total bulk purchase annuity (BPA) premiums written by Standard Life doubled year-on-year in the first half of 2023, its half-year report has revealed

US L/A insurers increase mortgage loan holdings by 8%

US life/annuity (L/A) insurers increased their holdings in mortgage loans by 8% in 2022, reaching $691.2bn, according to AM Best

Total assets of euro area insurance corporations rise by €18bn to €8trn

Total assets of euro area insurance corporations amounted to €8,267bn in Q2 2023, €18bn higher than in Q1 2023, according to figures published by the European Central Bank (ECB)

Insurance Europe urges EU to address ‘excessive’ reporting requirements

European insurers are calling on the EU to tackle “excessive” requirements around reporting

US insurers’ exposure to CMBS nears $300bn

US insurance companies reported $293bn in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) at year-end 2022, an increase of 5.6% compared to year-end 2021, figures published by the NAIC have 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

Expert Views
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

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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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