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Asset management

Analysis

Liquidity has become a fluid concept in financial markets

Melanie Mitchell makes the case for decreased liquidity in corporate bond markets, and explains how investors should respond

Breaking down blockchain

Talk about blockchain is reaching fever pitch in financial circles and applications for insurers are beginning to emerge. But confusion is rife and is clouding innovation, as Asa Gibson reports

Germany hits the brakes on its €32bn ZZR

The ballooning level of additional interest rate reserves has prompted reforms to the rules, but few insurers took advantage in 2015. Hugo Coelho reports

Add-ons' exposé could prompt shake-up of insurance products

Mounting regulatory scrutiny on ancillaries might pave the way for a reform of general insurers’ product range, particularly if the changes cause profits to fall. Hugo Coelho reports

Dutch insurers tread the MA minefield

The Dutch regulator is poised to publish guidance for insurers on use of the matching adjustment. Repackaging of mortgage loans is one bone of contention, another is the treatment of pension contracts. Hugo Coelho reports

South African insurers QIS goodbye to easy 2015

South Africa’s latest study on the impact of its new solvency regime yielded some worrying results for re/insurers. Christopher Cundy talks to the regulator and market watchers to see what it means for the sector