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Insurance, Investment and Asset Management

Managing Assets for Insurers UK 2019

Finding growth at a time of increasing uncertainty

London |

Overview

In an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate and amid indications of slowing global economic growth and intensifying market volatility, insurance companies and their investment managers face ever-greater pressure to protect and sustain long-term returns, diversify portfolios and manage emerging risks. 

While major trends impacting the investment landscape will continue to influence strategy-- from rising interest rates and the changing outlook for yield across traditional and non-traditional asset classes, to the demand for integrating ESG factors into decision-making -- there are also concerns over future relations between the UK and the EU. What will be the implications for insurers? How will they be regulated, which operations will be affected, and how will they continue to serve their European clients?

Building on the success of the 2018 event, Managing Assets for Insurers, presented by Financial Times Live and MandateWire, will again gather leading investors from the insurance sector to discuss the most effective strategies to deliver growth -- at a time of growing economic, political and market uncertainty.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 04/04/2019 13:00:0004/04/2019 18:30:00falseManaging Assets for Insurers UK 2019In an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate and amid indications of slowing global economic growth and intensifying market volatility, insurance companies and their investment managers face ever-greater pressure to protect and sustain long-term returns, diversify portfolios and manage emerging risks. While major trends impacting the investment landscape will continue to influence strategy-- from rising interest rates and the changing outlook for yield across traditional and non-traditional asset classes, to the demand for integrating ESG factors into decision-making -- there are also concerns over future relations between the UK and the EU. What will be the implications for insurers? How will they be regulated, which operations will be affected, and how will they continue to serve their European clients?Building on the success of the 2018 event, Managing Assets for Insurers, presented by Financial Times Live and MandateWire, will again gather leading investors from the insurance sector to discuss the most effective strategies to deliver growth -- at a time of growing economic, political and market uncertainty.Managing-Assets-for-Insurers-UK-2019b4802a8ba09e08965ce67c1f787652bcMM/DD/YYYY

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2018 Testimonials

“This event was well constructed including P.C focus and benefited from experience of working with the prevailing reegulatory conditioners under Solvency 2.”

“A really useful event to discuss investment and risk management themes with peers and asset managers across Europe.”

“Concentrated discussion to refresh ideas in light of positioning currently.”

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Agenda - 4th Apr

  • 1:00pm
    Registration and networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Opening remarks
  • 2:10pm
    Keynote interview: The outlook for the insurance sector

    ● Brexit continues to be one of the key concerns of investors in the UK, while apprehension surrounding global developments such as US-China trade tensions, European political uncertainty and the end of quantitative easing in the US and Europe is setting the tone for investments in 2019. How are these geopolitical factors affecting the insurance and asset management industries?

    ● With weak growth projected across the UK and EU, what are the new growth recipes for the insurance industry? What are the main opportunities and challenges for investment?

    ● In which areas do insurers expect to see increasing risk levels in 2019? Despite the need to secure high returns, will insurers become more risk-averse?

    ● Do interest rates have the potential to rise faster than expected? Are insurers prepared for this change?

  • 2:40pm
    Asset class debate + circular dialogues

    Get the latest expert insights on fixed income, equity and alternative asset classes including private debt, real estate and infrastructure, and learn what is driving investors to choose between passive and active strategies.

    Brief presentations on different asset classes will be followed by moderated discussion. Speakers then join delegates at the tables to reflect on and discuss what they have just heard.

    ● What will influence insurers’ asset allocation in the year ahead?

    ● What is the outlook for yield in traditional and non-traditional asset classes?

    ● Illiquid assets have been on the rise so far. However, as interest rates are expected to rise, will insurers shift their investments back towards liquid assets?

    ● The desire to balance risk and return often makes insurance investors more short-termist. How will giving more weight to short-term investments change insurers’ portfolios?

    ● The volatility in sterling and the euro remains a key concern for asset managers. How can insurers heavily invested in sterling diversify their portfolios? Can emerging market currencies be a safe haven?

  • 3:50pm
    Refreshment break
  • 4:10pm
    Panel: Making sustainable investment work

    What kind of disclosures and data do investors need when they are evaluating ESG indices? How can reliable and standardised data sources for ESG reviews be created?

    ● How can regulators, governments and other stakeholders work together to promote widespread action from investors on ESG issues?

    ● With concerns about climate change and greenhouse gases on the rise, do investors mostly put their attention into E (Environmental) factors? Do S and G(Social and Governance) factors get enough weight in their portfolios?

    ● Which stage of the investment life cycle has the most opportunity for creating sustainable value?

    ● To date, equities have received the majority of attention and engagement from investors. Can other asset classes become the new normal for responsible investing?

    ● Investors who focus on companies with the best ESG scores may find their investments overweight in some industries and underweight in others. How do they diversify their portfolios? How do insurers select which ESG indices to track and benchmark on? How do those indices add value to their investment strategies?

  • 5:00pm
    Keynote interview: Assessing regulatory changes

    ● Depending on the final terms of Brexit, if the UK becomes a rule-taker from the EU how will this affect the insurance sector?

    ● In the event of a no-deal Brexit, will UK insurers -- who have been critical of Solvency II - continue to comply with it or look for alternative regulatory standa rds? How will capital requirements be affected?  How can authorities develop a business-friendly jurisdiction for the London insurance market?

    ● Will Brussels continue to recognise the UK regulatory regime as equivalent even as differences in rules inevitably emerge? If there is no enhanced equivalence model and financial passporting how will the UK financial sector access European markets?

    ● What other regulatory issues are a concern for insurers?

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks
  • 5:35pm
    Networking drinks

WHO ATTENDS?

This event has been produced to meet the needs of the following professionals in the insurance sector: 

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • Heads of Asset Liability Management
  • Heads of Capital Management
  • Heads of Asset Allocation
  • Members of investment committees 

A limited number of paying places, priced at £1,599 per delegate, will be made available to senior representatives of professional service firms, technology, payments companies and business consultancies.

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FEES

Ticket Type

  • Paying Delegate:
    Available for senior representatives from consultancies and other professional service firms.£1999+VAT
  • Complimentary Tickets:
    Reserved exclusively for senior representatives from insurance companies, retail banking insurance providers and insurance regulator:
    Apply for your complimentary place
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Venue

Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel
5 More London Place, Tooley Street
London SE1 2BY

United Kingdom

Tel: +44-203-002-4300

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Organisers (2)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

MandateWire is a leading source of institutional asset management intelligence. It’s a financial information database delivering high-value sales intelligence, market data and analysis to the European, North American and Asian institutional investment market. By leveraging close relationships with many leading global institutional investors, MandateWire provides fund managers, investment banks and specialist investment houses with well-timed and credible intelligence on investor strategies and business opportunities.

With a particular focus on hard-to-find private information, MandateWire is a proven sales and business development tool providing reports on confirmed and forthcoming tenders, as well as analysis of market trends and finalised deals. Our database holds key contact details for over 20,400 institutional investors, with a combined known worth of over $76tn in 2017.

With MandateWire, you can extract reports on a single investor, on particular consultants and managers, or institutional investors around the world. Search results can also be split into equities, fixed income and alternatives, so you can view activity in those asset classes. We have skilled, multi-lingual journalists and researchers based in London, New York, Hong Kong and Manila. Engaging with investors in their native language, they focus on relationship-building within their specific market: this leads to unique and dependable institutional intelligence.

The MandateWire CRM Integration Solution takes the power of MandateWire (Intelligence, Investor/ Consultant Directories and Analysis) and centralizes it within Salesforce to dramatically improve the workflow of your sales team.

To learn more on how MandateWire can help you win more business, or to sign up for a free trial and emo, visit: www.mandatewire.com.

Platinum Sponsor (1)

Insight Investment has built a unique investment platform that delivers outcome-oriented investment solutions. Our clients are among the most sophisticated institutional investors in the world and include leading insurers, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and corporations. Our investment strategies include fixed income portfolios focusing on assets ranging from conventional sovereign and corporate bonds to emerging market debt and illiquid credit. Our strategies are designed to evolve dynamically to meet changing needs and stay ahead of market and regulatory developments.

Sustainable Partner (1)

About Robeco

Robeco is a pure play international asset manager founded in 1929. It currently has 15 offices worldwide and is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Through its unique integration of fundamental, sustainable and quantitative research, Robeco is able to offer both institutional and private investors an extensive selection of active investment strategies, covering a broad range of asset classes. As at 30 September 2018, Robeco had EUR 171 billion in assets under management, 70% of which were institutional. Robeco is a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation Europe N.V. which had assets under management of EUR 299 billion as at 30 September 2018. More information is available at www.robeco.com

Gold Sponsors (2)

Wells Fargo Asset Management strives to help our clients achieve their financial goals through top-tier investment solutions managed by specialised investment teams and backed by superior, collaborative service. Wells Fargo Asset Management, with an AUM of more than $483B*, offers a strategic balance of asset managers, each of which is recognised for its distinct area of investment expertise, time-tested investment process and track record of meeting investors’ expectations.

Silver Sponsors (2)

Amundi is one of the world’s leading asset managers with GBP 1.3 trillion in AUM, including GBP 432 billion for over 150 group and external insurers worldwide.

Amundi has been serving insurance clients in the UK for over 30 years. The team has a strong track record of running portfolios for insurers which prioritise meeting the regulatory restrictions of Solvency II and other regulators, and providing tailor made reporting requirements (with full look through) to clients. 

Amundi’s insurance expertise draw on a dedicated insurance business team, with specialist local UK insurance client and relationship management. The insurance teams span across three locations, the UK & France and Italy, providing a full breath of investment solutions, ranging from bespoke asset solutions to core and liability matching fixed income.

M&G Investments is the European asset management arm of Prudential plc, operating in the UK, Europe and Asia. As a trusted partner, our clients’ individual needs are at the heart of our business. We align our interests with those of our clients and develop value-based strategies to generate strong and consistent returns. Our goal is to help our clients meet their long-term liabilities regardless of the market environment.

With £278 billion* of assets under management (including £120 billion* on behalf of Prudential) across fixed income, equities, real estate and multi-asset strategies, and around 450* investment professionals (including what we believe to be one of Europe’s largest credit research teams), we have the scale and expertise to offer tailored investment solutions across a wide range of risk and return requirements.

M&G is an active investor – both in terms of how we manage our assets, and how we innovate and develop our offering to ensure that we continue to meet evolving investor requirements. 

* As at September 2018

Exhibitor (2)

Neuberger Berman was founded in 1939 to do one thing: deliver compelling investment results for our clients over the long term. This remains our singular purpose today, driven by a culture rooted in deep fundamental research, the pursuit of investment insight and continuous innovation on behalf of clients, and facilitated by the free exchange of ideas across the organization.

As a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, Neuberger Berman is structurally aligned with the long-term interests of our clients. We have no external parent or public shareholders to serve, nor other lines of business to distract us from our core mission. And with our employees and their families invested alongside our clients—plus 100% of employee deferred cash compensation directly linked to team and firm strategies—we are truly in this together.

From offices in 33 cities worldwide, Neuberger Berman manages a range of equity, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund strategies on behalf of institutions, advisors and individual investors worldwide. With more than 500 investment professionals and more than 2,000 employees in total, Neuberger Berman has built a diverse team of individuals united in their commitment to client outcomes and investment excellence. Our culture has afforded us enviable retention rates among our senior investment staff and has earned us citations in the top-ranked firms (among those with 1,000 or more employees) in the Pensions & Investments “Best Places to Work in Money Management” survey each year since 2013.

Royal London Asset Management is a UK asset management company, investing across all major asset classes.  RLAM manages over £113.6 billion of assets (at 31/12/17), split between equities, fixed income, multi asset investing, property and cash, with capabilities in sustainable investing. Products include funds and segregated accounts investing in government bonds, investment grade, high yield and unrated credit, equity income and equity growth across global developed markets, as well as UK property and cash and short-term money market instruments. Please note that the value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. 

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