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Dutch insurers ‘resilient’ to pandemic; SII ratios remain above 160%

Dutch insurers’ overall financial profiles were resilient to the coronavirus pandemic, Fitch Ratings has said

Talanx to reduce CO2 intensity in liquid investment portfolio by 30%

Talanx Group is aiming to reduce CO2 intensity in its liquid investment portfolio by 30% by 2025, it has announced

Green bonds top sustainable FI-list for institutional investors – NN IP

Green bonds are the most popular choice of sustainable fixed-income options for institutional investors, according to NN Investment Partners (NN IP)

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PRA issues warning to life firms over illiquid assets as MA increases to £335bn

The risk management among UK life insurers of illiquid assets is of “particular concern” to the PRA, with latest figures showing MA portfolios have increased since the start of 2018 by 30%, to around £335bn

Standard Life Aberdeen to rebrand as Abrdn

Standard Life Aberdeen is to change its name to Abrdn

IAIS progresses with work on comparability assessment project

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has progressed its work on the comparability assessment project – an initiative that will ascertain whether the Aggregation Method (AM) provides comparable outcomes to the Insurance Capital Standard (ICS)

Investor pressure adds momentum for reinsurers to integrate ESG factors

Against a background of increased legislative and regulatory scrutiny of companies’ sustainability practices, investor pressure is emerging as another important driver of environmental, social and governance (ESG) action, particularly for reinsurers, new research from AM Best has suggested

Allianz completes acquisition of majority stake in Jubilee General Insurance, Kenya

Allianz has become the majority shareholder in Jubilee General Insurance Limited in Kenya

Just 27% of insurers aligning underwriting portfolios with net zero carbon world

Just 27% of insurers are aligning their underwriting portfolios with a net zero carbon world, suggesting insurers’ transition plans are currently focused on their investments, new research published by CDP has shown

Listed/private equity boost sees Varma record best ever quarterly investment result

Varma recorded the best quarterly investment result in the company’s history in January-March 2021, with a return on investments at 6% ( Q1 2020: -10%) or €3bn and the total value of investments growing to €52.9bn

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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

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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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Emerging Market Debt
Editor Adam Cadle talks to BNP Paribas Asset Management head of emerging markets debt Bryan Carter about the asset class and the opportunities in this space
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Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Global Asset Management global head of insurance segment Andries Hoekema and head of insurance business EMEA Deepak Seeburrun about investing in Asian credit for European insurers

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