News & Commentary

Persistent inflation is key insurer concern

A recent survey of chief financial officers at 22 leading European insurers by ratings agency Moody’s put persistent inflation at the top of their list of concerns for the next 12 months.

UK economy: Looking beyond Brexit

The view that the UK is the sick man of the G7 economies when it comes to growth is misplaced, with key data on growth and trade showing the UK firmly in the middle of the major economies, according to Simon French, chief economist at Panmure Gordon.

Little to fear from solvency reforms as ratios at record high

The UK life insurance sector’s solvency ratios are currently at a record high, according to Fitch Ratings.

No “Big Bang” for Solvency II reforms

Sam Woods, chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority, attempted to put the tense and sometimes fractious debate about post-Brexit reforms to Solvency II to bed with a conciliatory speech on the eve of this week’s Association of British Insurers' annual conference.

Sharp criticism of LDI strategies brings regulation call

The House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has criticised the use of leveraged liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies by defined benefit pension funds, which played a significant role in the financial turmoil following Liz Truss’s and Kwasi Kwarteng’s calamitous mini budget last September.

Portfolio strategies: consolidation, conservatism and caution?

As the long, grey month of January shuffles to its conclusion, clarity gradually begins to emerge on prospects for the year. When it comes to insurer investment strategies, caution reigns, writes Contributing Editor David Worsfold.

 

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