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Partner Re acquisition would 'weaken' Covéa's balance sheet but 'not eliminate capital/leverage strengths'

Any potential acquisition of a reinsurer of a size of Partner Re, by Covéa, would "weaken Covéa's balance sheet but it would "not eliminate Covéa capital and leverage strengths relative to other Aa-rated peers", Moody's has said

Swiss Re’s net income rises by 73% to $727m

Swiss Re’s net income increased 73% to US$727m from US$421m in 2018, according to its full-year results for 2019

US life insurers deploying annuity capital to capture private debt illiquidity premiums

The largest US life insurers are entering private debt markets, as banks refocus on commercial banking against a backdrop of unconventional monetary policies and tighter bank regulations, according to a new research paper published by the Federal Reserve

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Argentina’s insurance market outlook revised to negative as economic issues hit

Insurance companies operating in Argentina’s insurance market are facing the potential for a contraction in growth resulting from capital controls, along with volatile interest rates and the government’s restructuring of public debt

Less than 0.5% capacity within insurance to cover global cryptoassets value

Less than 0.5% capacity in the world’s insurance market currently exists to cover the value of cryptoassets globally, Evertas has said

Total European insurance premiums increase 6.2% to €1,311bn

Total insurance premiums in Europe increased 6.2% in 2018, to €1,311bn, due to relatively strong growth in all business lines.

Russian life insurance premiums decrease by 9%

Russian life insurance premiums decreased by 9% compared with 2018, from 478bn rubles to 433.2bn rubles

IFRS 17 annual cohort requirement ‘inconsistent' with life insurance business - ANIA

Italian insurers are urging the IASB to fix the IFRS 17 annual cohort requirement, as it is “inconsistent” with life insurance business

French life insurers under pressure to cut bonus rates as low interest rates hit

French life insurers are under pressure to cut bonus rates as low interest rates bite

Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re, Munich Re and Zurich at forefront of fossil fuel divestment

Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re, Munich Re and Zurich are going further than most of their global peers in reducing their underwriting and investment exposure to fossil fuels, and thermal coal in particular, thus reducing stranded asset risk, a new report from Moody’s 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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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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