The eurozone economy faces an uncertain future. The combination of persistently low core inflation and weak growth leaves European financial markets vulnerable. Global trade tensions continue to be a major concern for investors. With interest rates remaining on hold despite the end of quantitative easing, insurers must consider changing their portfolios to suit the evolving environment. What are the most favoured asset classes in Europe, and how can insurers adjust their asset allocation? Will emerging markets continue to have long-term potential?
Europe is widely regarded as leading the way in incorporating ESG into investment decisions. Many insurers have already started to focus on investing sustainably but significant obstacles remain. How do they access high-quality ESG data? How can they encourage companies to improve their transparency? As many organisations have started to publish ESG ratings, how should insurers select their benchmarks on? How can regulators offer more clarity and consistency in their guidance on ESG?
Following the European Commission’s decision to adopt new rules supplementing Solvency II, how will these changes affect insurers’ investment allocations? Which problems need to be addressed in the 2020 Solvency II review?
Financial Times and MandateWire are delighted to present the third Managing Assets for Insurers Europe half-day conference in Munich. Against an uncertain global economic outlook the agenda will explore insurers’ insights on managing uncertainty, adapting to regulations and incorporating sustainable investment factors, and delivering returns through asset diversification.