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24 million urge Lloyd's and other insurers to drop Trans Mountain pipeline

One hundred and forty environmental, indigenous and activist groups, whose signatories represent more than 24 million members, are urging insurers including Lloyd’s of London to drop their coverage of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in an open letter

Phoenix increases 2020 cash generation target range to £1.5bn-£1.6bn

Phoenix Group's acquisition of ReAssure Group has brought an additional £7bn of long-term cash generation and has enabled it to increase its 2020 cash generation target range from £800m-£900m to £1.5bn-£1.6bn

56% of insurers see data calculation as biggest IFRS 9 challenge

56% of insurers see data calculation as the biggest IFRS 9 challenge, a new survey from Clearwater has revealed

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Concentration risk constrains Italian insurers' ratings despite strong capitalisation - Fitch

Asset concentration risk constrains the ratings of Italian insurers, Fitch Ratings has said, however, this risk is partly offset by strong capitalisation, which is typically a credit strength for rated Italian insurers

ACR implements Clearwater’s automated investment portfolio data services

Asia Capital Reinsurance Group (ACR), a Singapore-headquartered reinsurance business, has implemented Clearwater for automated investment investment data aggregation, investment accounting and investment reporting

US L/A companies considering non-interest-sensitive investment strategies more than double those deemed interest-sensitive

The number of US life/annuity (L/A) companies considering non-interest-sensitive investment strategies in the last 10 years is more than double those deemed interest-sensitive, AM Best has said

MetLife's profit falls 96% as sluggish investment income hits

MetLife's profit slid to $68m in Q2 2020, down 96% from a year earlier, on sluggish investment income, according to its latest financial results

Luxembourg’s insurance market sees premiums fall by 19.54% during Q2

Luxembourg’s insurance market saw premiums fall by 19.54% during Q2 2020 compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year

Hiscox records lowest ever fixed income investment yields

The yield to maturity on Hiscox’s fixed income portfolio is now at its lowest ever point at less than 1%, thus serving to reduce future expected returns

Covéa to invest €1.5bn with EXOR & PartnerRe managed special purpose reinsurance vehicles

Covéa is to invest a total of €1.5bn with Exor and in special purpose reinsurance vehicles managed by PartnerRe

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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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