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US P&C industry’s surplus level decreases by 9.3% to $744.9bn in Q1 2020

The US property/casualty (P&C) industry’s surplus level decreased by 9.3% to $744.9bn in the first quarter of 2020, compared with year-end 2019, based on preliminary results published by AM Best

US legislators urge Liberty Mutual to cease fossil fuel ties

Thirty-eight state Massachusetts senators and representatives have called on Boston-based insurance company Liberty Mutual to address its role in driving climate change and cut ties with fossil fuel projects and companies

LV= turns to four new asset classes to mitigate COVID-19 hit

A refreshed investment strategy is helping LV=’s smoothed managed funds reduce the effects of stock market volatility caused by coronavirus

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BLOG: Stress Testing in the Pandemic

by Daniel Finn, Head of Risk Solutions, North America, Conning and Matt Lightwood, Director, Risk Solutions, Conning

SCOR joins US-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

SCOR has strengthened its sustainable actions towards a low-carbon economy within its investment portfolio and has joined the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Lloyd's Part VII transfer moves ahead

Lloyd’s of London has received approval from the High Court of England and Wales for its Part VII strategy for notifying policyholders about the proposed transfer. This includes detailed plans to ensure customers understand the transfer process, as well as providing assurance of the validity of their policies being transferred to Lloyd’s Insurance Company S.A. (Lloyd’s Brussels)

No mandatory debt maturities help European reinsurers’ liquidity resilience during COVID-19 pandemic

European reinsurers have shown capital and liquidity resilience during coronavirus, Fitch Ratings coronavirus pandemic stress test has shown

PRA publishes statement around PPP under SII

The PRA has today published a supervisory statement (SS) setting out its expectations of firms in accordance with the requirements under the Prudent Person Principle (PPP) under the Solvency II (SII) Directive

South Korea's non-life insurance sector has market segment outlook revised to negative

South Korea's non-life insurance sector has had its market segment outlook revised to negative from stable due to the sector's deteriorated loss ratios in major business lines, escalated pressure on investment earnings amid a historic low interest rate environment and increased asset risk due to capital market volatility

CNP Assurances announces withdrawal from tobacco

CNP Assurances has announced its withdrawal from tobacco by signing up to the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

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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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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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