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Roundtables

Fixed income and diversification

Fixed income strategies in a Solvency II and low-yield world

Fixed income strategies in a Solvency II and low-yield world

Fixed income assets comprise the majority of insurers' investment portfolios, but within the asset class there are a multitude of options. In part one of this InsuranceERM/Royal London Asset Management roundtable, investment and risk managers discuss how they are approaching fixed income, given the challenges of a low-yield environment and the constraints of Solvency II

Diversification and the outsourcing conundrum

Diversification and the outsourcing conundrum

While insurers are keen to diversify their portfolios, this often requires the outsourcing of asset management – and then the question of fees arises. Investment and risk managers discuss these and other issues in part two of this Insurance Asset Risk/Royal London Asset Management roundtable

Opportunities in illiquid assets

Finding the opportunities in illiquid investments

Finding the opportunities in illiquid investments

Illiquid assets can be an attractive match for insurance liabilities, but firms have to be picky over how they invest, and the burden of governance threatens to diminish the allure, as participants in part 1 of this InsuranceERM/Insight Investment roundtable discuss

The realities of investing in illiquid assets

The realities of investing in illiquid assets

In the second part of this InsuranceERM/Insight Investment roundtable, participants discuss some practical aspects of investing in illiquid assets: valuation, managing liquidity, putting the money to work and fee structures

Risk modelling

The evolution of risk modelling

The evolution of risk modelling

At the heart of a modern insurer is a risk model that helps drive decision-making. But what are its limitations? And where is the appetite to improve? Participants in part one of this InsuranceERM/Towers Watson roundtable discuss

Picturing the ideal risk model

Picturing the ideal risk model

In part two of this InsuranceERM/Towers Watson roundtable, modelling experts discuss what they want from risk models and the potential drawbacks to innovative approaches

Asset management in the Solvency II transition

Asset management in the Solvency II transition

Asset management in the Solvency II transition

Preparing for Solvency II is one thing, but living with it will involve further refinements in how insurers approach asset management, as participants in part one of this InsuranceERM/Standard Life Investments roundtable attest

How capital shapes investment under Solvency II

How capital shapes investment under Solvency II

In the second half of this InsuranceERM/Standard Life Investments roundtable, experts discuss the possibilities to invest in new asset classes, the shift away from gilts and the effect of transitional measures

Insurance asset strategies

Designing asset strategies for the new business environment

Designing asset strategies for the new business environment

Many insurers have been reassessing their investment portfolios in light of low rates and Solvency II. In the first part of this InsuranceERM/bfinance roundtable, participants discuss concerns about diversification and...

Outsourced or in-house: the great asset management debate

Outsourced or in-house: the great asset management debate

In part 2 of this InsuranceERM/bfinance roundtable, participants discuss their approaches to managing assets in-house and using external asset managers