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Investors seek diversification within alternatives, positive for ILS

Large and institutional investors, such as pension funds, insurers, family offices and endowments, have increased their allocations to alternatives in 2016 and are seeking diversification within alternatives, which should be positive for insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds. Every report we read these days on investment trends among institutions and the larger investors, read the full article →

Pension funds continue alternatives push in 2016, positive for ILS

The world's pension funds continued to push more deeply into alternative investments in 2016, as asset classes which offer diversification continue to prove very attractive to a growing sector which now commands a total of $36.4 trillion of investments at year-end 2016. Institutional pension funds are the largest investor segment of read the full article →

Regulators increase focus on alternative investment fund liquidity

Financial market and securities industry regulators are increasing their focus on investment fund liquidity, as they aim to reduce the risk that in times of stress or crisis fund manager's are better able to manage liquidity risk and honour investor redemptions. With U.S. mutual funds and European UCITS funds offering frequent read the full article →

Brynjolfsson (Armored Wolf) joins James Alpha to continue GRRIX strategy

John Brynjolfsson, who recently announced the shuttering of his own investments firm Armored Wolf and its conversion into a family office, is to join James Alpha Advisors to continue managing its James Alpha Global Enhanced Real Return Fund (GRRIX) strategy. Brynjolfsson has been a proponent and investor in liquid securities strategies read the full article →

Pessimistic re/insurers struggle on low investment returns: Goldman Sachs

Insurance and reinsurance companies are at their most pessimistic on the prospects for the industry, according to the results of a survey undertaken by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, as low investment returns take their toll. Finding attractive investment opportunities remains a key concern for insurance and reinsurance firms, according to the read the full article →

Life insurers need to diversify assets, include alternatives like ILS: Study

A study undertaken by Conning alongside the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) found that life insurance companies could look to invest in alternative asset classes such as ILS as a way to add diversification, while reducing sensitivity to interest rates. The study captured the concerns of 50 U.S. life insurance read the full article →

Liquid alternative allocations to grow, cat bonds & ILS will benefit

Institutional investors are set to increase their allocations to investment strategies which fall into the 'liquid alternatives' classification, which typically means a UCITS or 40 Act strategy investment fund, neatly fitting the mold of some catastrophe bond and ILS funds. Liquid alternatives have been becoming increasingly popular for some investors that read the full article →

Pension funds appetite for alternatives increases, positive for ILS

A significant number of pension funds show an increased appetite for investment risk and alternative asset classes, according to State Street, which could result in more allocations to insurance-linked securities (ILS) or reinsurance linked investments, As reported previously by Artemis part of the reason the alternative asset class space, which includes read the full article →

Positive for ILS investing: McKinsey says alternatives to keep growing

One of the factors that is responsible for assisting the rapid growth of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance-linked investments market in recent years is global investors continuing shift towards alternative asset classes. Globally, institutional investors, such as pension funds, endowments and foundations, sovereign wealth funds, insurers and cash-rich corporates, have read the full article →

ILS and cat bond investors. Yield hungry? Or seeking asset qualities?

For many investors a high return is not the only reason for looking at alternative asset classes and hedge funds. Research shows many only seek a 4% to 6% return, information that will comfort the insurance linked investment market at a time of softer prices. Catastrophe bond yields and broader reinsurance read the full article →