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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 →

Reinsurance as an alternative continues to appeal to multi-asset funds

The appeal of reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) as an alternative asset class continues to grow among multi-asset fund managers. These funds provide diversified ways to invest across multiple asset classes, and reinsurance is increasingly popular due to its low-correlation.This article in Money Marketing highlights an investment manager from the read the full article →

Catastrophe bonds among top performing assets since Lehman bankruptcy

Five years on from one of the largest financial firm failures ever, the bankruptcy and collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers, many global financial assets have struggled to provide attractive returns as the world's economies struggled to recover, with some being hit by multiple recessions.The last five years, since the read the full article →

Pension Corporation outsource their allocation to insurance-linked securities

Pension Corporation are one of the larger firms which was established to take on assets and liabilities from pension funds and manage those through to the end of a pensions lifespan. As a result they take on significant assets from pension funds which need to be invested in a prudent read the full article →

Catastrophe bonds; a unique asset class offering sizeable returns

It seems that you can't go a week without seeing a mention of catastrophe bonds or insurance-linked securities in a main-stream business newspaper these days. This is testament to the growing profile of the market and the increasing interest in the asset class from both sophisticated institutional investors and now read the full article →