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RT1 issuance to replace ‘grandfathered’ bonds will push up insurers’ debt costs

Rated European insurers will step up their issuance of Restricted Tier 1 (RT1) bonds over the next two years to replace almost €22bn of bonds that are due to lose their eligibility as regulatory capital under Solvency II, Moody’s has said

US PRT volume estimated at $45bn for 2024

Legal & General is estimating the full year US PRT total market volume to be around $45bn, the second largest on record behind the $51.9bn secured with insurers in 2022

NAIC not anticipating developing regulatory policy on ESG for insurers

The NAIC does not anticipate developing regulatory policy to require or prohibit insurance companies from adopting ESG policies that govern insurers’ underwriting, investing, or other business decisions, its members have said in a statement

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Canada Life annuity sales rise by 121% to record £1.2bn

Canada Life’s individual annuity sales increased by 121% year-on-year in 2023, its annual full-year results have shown

Zurich posts record profit and highest ever ROE

Zurich’s group business operating profit (BOP) is up 21% to a record US$7.4bn, and the insurer has recorded its highest ever return on equity (RoE) at 23.1%

EIOPA launches call for new members for stakeholder groups

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched a call for expression of interest to select new members of the Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group (IRSG) and the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG)

New standard continues to pressure South Korean insurers’ capital management

The implementation of a more stringent risk measurement under the Korean-Insurance Capital Standards (K-ICS) a year ago has led to a decline in the average solvency ratio for South Korea’s insurance industry, according to AM Best

BoE to stress test insurers on exposure to reinsurance firms

The Bank of England (BoE) is planning to stress test insurers concerning their exposure to reinsurers through a flurry of corporate pension deals, as concerns grow about the risk posed by offshore arrangements to UK retirement savers

Investment Delivery Forum outlines steps to accelerate green infrastructure investment

The Association of British Insurers’ (ABI) Investment Delivery Forum has published a report outlining the steps that could help accelerate private sector green infrastructure investment

PRT market demand continues to grow following 'record-breaking' 2023

A record-breaking £50bn of pension liabilities were secured with insurers in the UK in 2023, with further increases expected in the year ahead, analysis from Legal & General (L&G) has found

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Sustainability stays strong in emerging debt markets

In an otherwise ugly environment for bond issuers and investors, the future for emerging market debt looks unquestionably green

Time for insurers to embrace the ESG opportunity

Sustainability is rapidly becoming a core focus in investment strategies and access to reliable data is key to putting money to work with the right fund managers

Bond investors need to understand the volatility cycle

Fixed income markets have become increasingly volatile, a trend that looks set to continue. Investors need to adapt themselves

Strategic Credit: a nimble approach for an uncertain world

What are the advantages of active credit allocation in portfolios now that government bonds no longer serve their traditional purpose?

Navigating credit markets
Adam Cadle speaks to Jon Mawby, Head of Investment Grade Credit at Pictet Asset Management, about navigating the credit markets given yields have fallen to low levels over the past decades, whilst interest rate duration risk has continued to rise.
A Different Approach to Direct Lending
Adam Cadle talks to HSBC Asset Management’s head of direct lending UK & Europe, Tom Green, and head of insurance business, Deepak Seeburrun, about the firm’s direct lending proposition.
Opportunities in alternative fixed income
Adam Cadle speaks to Frank Meijer, Head of Alternative Fixed Income at Aegon Asset Management, about the key opportunities within the alternative fixed income space and how insurers can access these.
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

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Portfolio optimisation in today’s challenging market environment
Adam Cadle speaks to Dr Laura Ryan, Head of Research at Ardea Investment Management, about the firm’s insurance asset allocation optimisation tool and the reasons for developing it
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