Foreign Credit Investments: opportunity or constraint for insurers ?

Presented by

Hans Stoter, Chris Iggo, Arnaud Lebreton, Sebastien Proffit

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While the world is recovering from 2020’s massive shock, it has accentuated the challenges faced by insurers. There is now greater urgency to adapt investment portfolios while looking afresh at asset-liability management (ALM). Some insurers have been focusing on illiquid and real assets to increase or maintain book yields and acting in this way is logical, but insurers must go beyond monetising their liquidity. Diversifying core portfolios, especially the bond portfolios backing liabilities should remain a key theme in a world marked by low interest rates - despite the recent inflationary pressure, heightened market and credit risks, and the drive to climate-aware portfolios. Join us and discover the investment solutions we have developed to assist insurers. We will: - Discuss how existing challenges faced by insurers have been intensifying in the recent period. - Explore through case studies the benefits of expanding into foreign credit markets in core fixed income portfolios and unveil the potential yield pick-up insurers could expect. - Address the specificities of insurers’ balance sheets and the solutions to implement this diversification under ALM, regulatory capital and accounting constraints. Speakers include: Hans Stoter, Global Head of AXA IM Core Chris Iggo, CIO, AXA IM Core Arnaud Lebreton, AXA IM Core – Third Party Insurance Solutions Sebastien Proffit, AXA IM Core – Fixed Income Solutions AXA IM has analysed some of the strategic challenges faced by insurers in the paper: The “great acceleration” intensifies pressure on insurers. This overview of the insurance landscape forms the basis of our convictions for insurance companies globally and the investment themes we would like to share with you during this web conference.

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