Protests against FTT build up steam

Europe's Financial Transaction Tax has now been adopted by 11 states. Many insurers argue that the tax will make running their businesses more difficult and costly -- to the detriment of their customers. With less than six months left until the official implementation date, Sarfraz Thind looks at whether the industry has time to make its voice heard


European insurers hold assets worth €8.5trn

But long-term investing role is under threat, says Insurance Europe/Oliver Wyman report


European insurers missing opportunity to diversify investments

Just 2-3% of portfolios invested in alternative asset classes


L&G eyes infrastructure investment

Insurer reports strong Q1 results


Generating return in a cold climate

Low interest rates are prompting insurers to look to further afield in their hunt for yield. For those with resources and dedication, two major areas of focus right now are corporate loans and infrastructure lending. But are these the assets of the future that many say they are? Sarfraz Thind reports


Japanese monetary policy a concern for life insurers

Lowering of long-term interest rates targeted by Bank of Japan


Global rate firming continues

Increase for US but down elsewhere, says Marsh


Single EU financial market at risk of fragmentation

Joint committee of supervisors urge policy-makers to coordinate on cross-sectoral risks


Significant changes ahead for insurers' asset allocation

77% fund managers expect insurers to increase exposure to infrastructure