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New entrant to the UK bulk annuity market predicted by end of year

A new entrant to the UK bulk annuity market is expected by the end of the year, taking the market to 11 insurers, LCP has predicted

Austrian insurers’ volume of premiums written rises; total asset value hits €106.71bn

Austrian insurers increased their volume of premiums written by €436.9m to €6.96bn in Q1 2024 compared to Q1 2023, and the total of all assets at market value was €106.71bn as of 31 March 2024, an increase of €1.78bn from the comparable figure a year earlier

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CNP Assurances commits to combating pesticide use and deforestation

CNP Assurances is now refraining from any new investment in companies generating more than 20% of their revenue from the manufacture or sale of pesticides, and in companies that exploit or trade in certain agricultural commodities that have not implemented a recognised deforestation policy

US life/annuity industry’s net income drops 80% in Q1 2024

The US life/annuity industry saw its net income drop by 80% in Q1 2024 compared with the same prior-year period, AM Best has revealed

PRA publishes final rules for new Solvency UK MA

The PRA has published final rules for the new Solvency UK matching adjustment (MA), easing some of the restrictions and thus allowing greater flexibility for insurers to invest in a wider range of assets

EIOPA highlights policy work in annual report

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has highlighted its policy work over the past year with the publication of its annual report

BlackRock looks for insurance partnerships as part of private debt push

BlackRock’s private debt business is looking at ways to tap the deep pockets of insurance companies that are looking to boost their allocations to the asset class

MetLife seals $2.5bn PRT deal with 3M

MetLife has announced that its subsidiary, Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company, has entered into an agreement with 3M to provide annuity benefits to approximately 23,000 retirees and beneficiaries in the 3M Employee Retirement Income Plan (Plan), the company’s US defined benefit (DB) pension plan, representing pension obligations of approximately $2.5bn

40% investment income growth expected in largest life markets

A 40% rise in investment income, on average, for insurers in the largest eight life markets in the five years to 2027 has been forecast by Swiss Re

Latest Features

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.
A Different Approach to Direct Lending
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Asset Management’s head of direct lending UK & Europe, Tom Green, and head of insurance business, Deepak Seeburrun, about the firm’s direct lending proposition.
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


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
Expert Views
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


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
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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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