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Lloyd’s of London secures £300m of senior debt to fund governance/funding framework changes

Lloyd’s of London has secured £300m of senior debt to fund a series of phased deliveries beginning in 2020 to implement a revised governance, oversight and funding framework

Global life insurance outlook stable

The outlook for the global life insurance sector is stable, reflecting insurers’ solid regulatory capital and relatively conservative investment portfolios, and their efforts to adapt their products to a low interest rate environment, Moody’s Investors Service has said

US insurance industry M&A deals totalled $4.17bn in Q3 2019

US insurance industry M&A deals totalled $4.17bn in Q3 2019

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IFRS 17 changes focus on reinsurance contracts

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has decided to defer discussions on the effective date of IFRS 17 until the extent and complexity of all amendments has been determined, expected end of February 2020, and to significantly broaden the scope around reinsurance contracts

Varma establishes ETF investing in US

Finnish pensions insurer, Varma, has established an ETF that invests in the US and takes sustainability criteria broadly into account

Monument Re acquires Cattolica Life

Monument Re has announced that subject to regulatory approval it has acquired Cattolica Life DAC from Cattolica Assicurazioni

NAIC approves three international regulatory authorities as reciprocal jurisdictions

Three international regulatory authorities have been approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as Reciprocal Jurisdictions

2020 outlook for global asset management sector stable

The 2020 outlook for the global asset management sector is stable, reflecting high profit margins, manageable debt burdens, and sustained risk appetite among investors, Moody’s Investors Service said

Australia’s GI sector experiences tough year with profits falling 12%

Australia’s general insurance sector has had a tough year with profits falling 12% to $4.4bn in the 12 months to 30 June 2019, reversing the trend of the last two years, according to KPMG Australia’s annual General Insurance Industry Review

Europe’s largest insurers set to maintain financial leverage between 23-25% over next 18 months

Europe’s largest insurers are set to maintain a financial leverage between 23% to 25% over the next 18 months

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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
Editor Adam Cadle talks to BNP Paribas Asset Management head of pension solutions Julien Halfon about investing in diversified private credit


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