Archive

  • Coping with the inflation conundrum

    28 May 2014

    The development of inflation or disinflation in different markets is a critical driver of corporate performance, rather than simply a tactical investment issue, as the case of P&C insurers shows. Etienne Comon explains

  • With changing market dynamics, insurers can profit in fixed income

    07 May 2014

    They buy in bulk, their size gives them clout with large fixed-income asset managers and their buy-and-hold outlook insulates them from market swings, as Douglas Niemann explains

  • Diversification and caution characterise insurers' 2014 asset strategies

    05 March 2014

    Another year of weak yields from bonds is prompting some insurers to continue diversifying their investment portfolios. But with predictions of weaker equity markets and continuing low interest rates, others are battening down the hatches. Jamie Bullen and Christopher Cundy report

  • FCA dices with actuaries in annuity profits probe

    14 February 2014

    The UK's Financial Conduct Authority wants to make the annuity markets more competitive, but tackling excess profitability and price differentiation may be a bigger challenge than it thinks. Christopher Cundy reports

  • To call or not to call? Transition to Solvency II poses debt questions for insurers

    07 February 2014

    Morgan Stanley analysis of Solvency II's capital grandfathering rules suggests some insurers' bonds may not be redeemed at first call. But insurers will have to balance their capital needs against their reputation in the debt markets

  • ERM basics: Proxy techniques enable risk-based decision making

    08 January 2014

    Proxy techniques, such as least squares Monte Carlo, allow faster analysis of risks and for many insurers they have become essential tools for aiding decision making, as Brian Robinson explains

  • Longevity risk deals plagued by complexity

    12 December 2013

    Longevity transactions are often weighed down by legal complexities, scores of advisers and trustees not sure what they are looking to achieve from the deal, according to panellists at InsuranceERM's Insurance Risk and Capital event

  • Towers Watson's Tricia Guinn: "The insurance industry is becoming increasingly analytical"

    27 November 2013

    Towers Watson's decision to sell its reinsurance brokerage is part of a strategy to capitalise on the increasingly analytical and technical nature of the insurance industry, risk and financial services managing director Tricia Guinn tells Lorna Davies.

  • Friends Life's Mark Versey: "Infrastructure is now a core investment strategy"

    22 November 2013

    Friends Life is now directly investing in both infrastructure and commercial real estate debt after awarding combined mandates of £1bn this year. Jamie Bullen asks chief investment officer Mark Versey what lies behind this new strategy

  • Lloyd's Savage highlights benefits of Solvency II readiness

    02 October 2013

    Luke Savage, director of finance and operations at Lloyd's, tells InsuranceERM about the market's reaction to low investment yields, its capital management plans, how it could yet be designated "systemically risky" - and why it's disbanded its Solvency II team.