The search for new asset classes has gathered momentum across the insurance industry, as the feeling strengthens that the investment paradigm – static for so long – is now shifting. It has been stuck for a decade in a world of quantitative easing, once unthinkably low interest rates and crushingly low yields on the fixed […]
One of the biggest changes in sentiment among insurance company CIOs over the last two years has been the steady growth in interest in illiquid assets. These have moved centre stage this year, dramatically so for those attending the third Insurance Investment Exchange seminar of 2018 , held last week in the reassuring splendour of […]
The discussion around the table explored how this approach could be applied to some of the challenges insurers face, and indeed some have already begun to.
Illiquid assets have been gaining in popularity among insurers over the last couple of years. This has been a steady trend, not a headlong rush, but it is sufficient to start gently ringing the alarm bells at the Bank of England and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
The preliminaries are over. The initial skirmishes have been conducted. Now the battle over the review of Solvency II is starting to get serious.
French president Emmanuel Macron has given a major boost to the European Union’s drive to make sustainable finance a core element of all institutional investment strategies including Solvency II.
Normalisation of monetary policy a decade on from the financial crisis could be an illusion. When is normalisation going to arrive – or is this it?
A popular feature of all Insurance Investment Exchange seminars is the opportunity to capture the views participants through interactive voting and the results revealed that the anticipation of a change in central bank policies is widely anticipated.
The real estate debt market has changed dramatically since the global financial crisis of 2007-08 and it is now an asset that should be firmly on insurers’ investment radar screens. This was the theme of the of the Insurance Investment Exchange roundtable on 22nd March 2018, held in conjunction with M&G Investments.
There is plenty of fine talk – increasingly coupled with ambitious policy objectives – around responsible investment, but hard data about the impact of different approaches on investment portfolios is still hard to come by.
“Prepare for the worst …. But hope for something better” was the mantra at an insurance industry conference on Brexit in London last week.
The Insurance Investment Exchange Awards 2018, the original and premier awards for investment excellence in the insurance sphere, are now open for entries.