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Over half of Europe’s largest insurers have SCR ratio of above 200%

More than half of the largest European insurers have a SCR ratio of above 200%, according to AM Best’s latest insurance report

Chinese insurers unlikely to shift to low-rated bonds despite easing rules

Chinese insurance companies are unlikely to shift their investment portfolios significantly towards lower-rated bonds, despite a recent relaxation in credit rating requirements for their bond investments, Fitch Ratings has said

Dai-ichi Life and 20 financial institutions in Japan sign impact-driven financing initiative

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company and 20 financial institutions have signed the Japan Impact-driven Financing Initiative

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CBIRC issues new rules for risk management of insurance groups

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) has issued new rules governing the risk management of insurance groups, stepping up supervision, limit holdings of non-core units and regulate their investments in other companies

UK life insurance outlook improving

The UK life insurance sector outlook for 2022 is improving, driven by the more favourable operating environment for the sector as the economy recovers following pandemic-induced weakness, Fitch Ratings has said

Zurich announces successful placement of US$500m of dated subordinated debt

Zurich has announced the successful placement of US$500m of dated subordinated notes

Insurers welcome final endorsement of IFRS 17 by the EC

Insurance Europe has welcomed the final endorsement of IFRS 17 by the European Commission, which includes an amendment concerning annual cohorts

Spanish insurers’ outlook neutral reflecting strong credit fundamentals

Fitch Ratings has assigned a neutral outlook to the Spanish insurance sector for 2022, reflecting its expectation that the industry will maintain its strong credit fundamentals, in both the life and non-life insurance sectors

No insurer to have SAA to private markets of under 5% by 2023 - research

No global insurer expects to have a strategic asset allocation (SAA) to private markets of less than 5% by 2023, findings from a survey carried out by BlackRock have revealed

Insurance Asset Management Awards 2021 – winners announced

The winners of the Insurance Asset Management Awards 2021 were announced last night at a gala ceremony in London

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Chinese onshore bonds - worth considering for your insurance assets?

The context behind the Chinese domestic bond market and why Pictet Asset Management believes this market offers insurance companies superior investment opportunities

Infrastructure investment interest growing among insurers; supply problems remain

Europe's insurers are becoming increasingly interested in infrastructure assets, but more action is required by policymakers to unlock future potential investment, according to a survey conducted by Insurance Europe

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

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
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

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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

Absolute Return Fixed Income roundtable

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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