Insurance Companies

Insurance Companies - Articles & White Papers

Institutional research and reports covering issues around the asset management needs of insurers. The best white papers on insurance asset management, global insurance and health insurance portfolios can be found in this section of the Savvy Investor site. We particularly recommend a comprehensive paper from Patpatia & Associates on this topic. Articles and surveys cover topics such as Solvency II, strategic asset allocation, life insurers and comprehensive asset liability management (CALM). Other interest areas include research on liquid assets, hiring asset managers, cash flow risk management, dynamic factor modelling, and fixed indexed annuities. The growing role of alternative investments in insurance asset management is also examined in this section.
  • Insurance Asset Management - a comprehensive guide

    This excellent 120 page report from Patpatia & Associates provides a comprehensive guide to investment practices and policies within US and global insurance asset management. The document analyses the variations in strategy for different business lines, such as life & annuity business, property & casualty, and health insurers. It also considers investment strategies in ...

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  • BlackRock

    Regulatory Developments in Europe: 2015 Update and 2016 Outlook (BlackRock)

    Since the global financial crisis of 2008, we have seen a shift in the agenda of national, pan-European and global policymakers. Regulatory reforms are changing many parts of the financial services industry. While these changes might be necessary, striking the right balance between financial stability and growth remains important. This issue of Viewpoint provides a summary of the ...

  • Strategic Allocation to Less Liquid Assets

    • 10 Mar 2015
    • Posted by: , Head of Strategic Asset Allocation

    The authors of this paper propose a model by which investors can be helped to address liquidity questions when engaging in strategic asset allocation decisions. They consider both market liquidity and funding liquidity, as well as liquidity risk and return. Their framework is helpful for liability-driven investors, in particular, who have a comparative advantage when investing in ...

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  • HIMCO (Hartford Financial)

    Five Questions Insurers Should Ask When Hiring Asset Managers

    In this 2014 paper, the authors have compiled a list of five key questions insurers should consider in determining if an asset manager fully appreciates the demands of serving an insurance client. While a manager’s history of strong investment performance and broad array of investment skills may deserve consideration, is the manager fully versed in the often complex ...

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Insurance Investment Management: A fit-for-growth approach to grow profitably (PwC, 2016)

    Since the global financial crisis, midsized insurance investment managers (IIMs) - those with US$100-500 billion AUM - have struggled to increase revenues, even as margins have declined. Their performance is in stark contrast to that of large and small insurance investment managers, which have seen annual net income growth of more than 20 pc, as a result of scale and expertise. To ...

  • Natixis Global Asset Management

    2015 Insurance Industry Survey (Natixis)

    A number of significant changes are afoot in the insurance industry - investment and regulatory pressures, challenges to the portfolio construction process, and more. This survey by Natixis Global Asset Management provides insights into what key decision makers think will ensure success in this new market reality.

  • Standard Life Investments

    Solvency II and Absolute Return Investing (Standard Life, 2016)

    In this paper, the authors examine the implications the Solvency II "look-through" principle has for calculating solvency capital needs. The principle assesses the individual investments held in a fund and their true risk characteristics. The authors highlight how it may change the way various asset classes are viewed by insurers, among other issues.

  • Nomura Research Institute

    Japan's Asset Management Business 2015/2016 (Nomura)

    This report by Nomura Research Institute provides important insights into Japan's asset management industry. Using a variety of research data and analysis, the authors show the evolution taking place, highlighting opportunities and challenges for firms seeking to growth these businesses.

  • EY

    2017 European Insurance Outlook (EY)

    • 09 Feb 2017
    • Company: EY

    This 13-page paper by EY explores the state and outlook of the European insurance industry. Against a backdrop of political, economic and regulatory change, European insurers will need to rethink their strategies, products and business models to stay relevant in a fast-evolving market.

  • Society of Actuaries

    Economic Capital for Life Insurance Companies (Society Of Actuaries, 2016)

    This paper aims to address key questions on the calculation of economic capital for long-term life insurers. It discusses the drivers of economic capital, the development of an internal EC framework and the uses of EC within an insurance company. It concentrates on the features that make long term life insurance business unique within the financial landscape.

  • Grant Thornton

    Solvency II - In the Brave New World (Grant Thornton, 2016)

    This 27-page paper by Grant Thornton examines the state of Europe's insurance industry now that Solvency II is finally in force. The authors seek to find out more about attitudes to Solvency II and the progress insurers have made on various elements of the new regulatory regime.

  • Aon Hewitt

    Global Insurance Market Opportunities: Insurance Risk Study (Aon Hewitt, 2016)

    This edition of Aon Hewitt's global insurance market study reports on the current risk environment, in addition to the ability and willingness of insurers and capital providers to address the risks faced today. The authors pay close attention to the increasingly important role of data in bridging the risk/capital gap to create successful insurance market solutions. They explore ...

  • Patpatia & Associates Report: Insurance Alternative Investment Analytic (focus on hedge funds)

    This in-depth analysis of insurers’ alternative investment practices is based on interviews with senior investment decision-makers from insurance companies ranging across business lines and size segments. At 70 pages, the report includes a detailed exploration of insurance alternative investment trends, with a particular focus on hedge funds. It also contains anonymized case ...