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European insurers to increase allocations to emerging market funds

More than half of insurers in the UK, France, and Germany, plan to increase their allocations to both emerging market equity and emerging market debt over the next 12 months, Cerulli research has shown

Aspen joins United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

Aspen has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

MetLife reports 33% drop in profit as market turmoil hits investment returns

MetLife has reported a 33% drop in Q4 adjusted profit as market turmoil has hit investment returns

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Just Group completes £8m buy-in with Veitchi Group pension scheme

Just Group has completed an £8m full buy-in with The Veitchi (Holdings) Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme, securing the benefits of its remaining 82 uninsured members

Macif’s responsible investment vehicle takes stake in shared housing specialist

Macif Impact ESS, Macif’s responsible investment vehicle, has invested €500,000 in Vitanovae, a company pooling surfaces, resources, and services to make its homes, buildings, and third places, accessible to as many people as possible, while guaranteeing a high level of comfort and significantly reducing the environmental impact

Crédit Agricole Assurances acquires 50% of renewable projects portfolio from TotalEnergies

Crédit Agricole Assurances has acquired 50% of a renewable projects portfolio with a total capacity of 234MW from TotalEnergies

Rothesay secures £762m buy-in for Morrisons

Rothesay has completed a £762m buy-in with the 1967 Section of the Morrisons Retirement Saver Plan

Around 1 in 4 US institutional asset owners expect to use an OCIO over next 24 months

About one out of four US institutional asset owners expect to use an outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) in some capacity over the next 24 months

PIC agrees sixth partial buy-in with IMI deferred fund

The trustee of the IMI 2014 Deferred Fund has agreed a £175m partial buy-in with the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), covering liabilities for the remaining 1,378 uninsured scheme members, around 97% of which are deferred members

UK life insurance sector resilient to IST 2022 despite SCR coverage falling to 123%

The UK’s life insurance sector’s solvency capital requirement (SCR) coverage fell from 162% to 123% under the PRA’s Insurance Stress Test 2022 (IST 2022), with the general insurance sector’s SCR coverage remaining above 120% in all scenarios

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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

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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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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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