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Four Regulatory & Accounting Updates: What Life/Annuity & Health Insurers Need to Know


A new year often means new regulatory and accounting changes for insurers, and 2020 is no exception. Conning has analyzed the four major updates, which will most likely affect life/annuity and health companies, and shares our insights.

Seeing the Big Picture: Managing Total Investment Risk in the General Account and DB Pension Plan


Insurers may be missing opportunities to improve net income, pension plan funding and their bottom line because of a blind spot. These companies may not see the full investment risk of their general account and defined benefit (DB) pension plan separate account. Missing the big picture may weaken enterprise risk management and lead to inefficiencies in investment strategy, possibly affecting the insurer’s balance sheet. Conning has developed a solution, based on our deep understanding of insurance and pension asset management, aimed at providing insurers a comprehensive view of general account and DB assets.

Conning 2020 Industry Outlook


Conning’s 2020 U.S. Insurance Industry Outlook webinar offers insight on how insurers may wish to prepare for the year ahead. 

Pension Funded Status Tracker January 2020


The funded status of the average U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plan dropped by 2% from 93% to 91% funded, between the beginning and end of January. The asset portfolio increased in value due to positive hedging portfolio performance and liabilities also increased in value, mostly driven by a drop in interest rates.

Client Case Study: Pension Strategic Asset Allocation


Valida Vorsorge Management utilizes Conning software to explore ideal asset allocation strategies based on their risk/reward profile

Conning ConnText Podcast: Quarterly Investment Outlook


The Conning ConnText podcast is our quarterly update, hosted by Rich Sega, Conning’s Global Chief Investment Strategist. Rich’s outlook for U.S. capital markets in 2020 is one of optimism, given that he sees conditions that could support another solid year, although not as strong as 2019.

Portfolio Opportunities in the Workers' Compensation Industry


A Conning analysis found intriguing differences among workers’ compensation carriers by size, and also concluded that some advantages enjoyed by larger firms shouldn’t necessarily be exclusive to that group.

Need for Income in Low-Yield Environment Causing Many to Add BBB-rated Bonds


Conning’s Mary Pat Campbell and Cynthia Beaulieu discuss insurance asset-allocation trends, the concerns of rising exposure to riskier bonds, and how portfolio diversification can help improve income and reduce risk. 

Pension Funded Status Tracker December 2019


The month of December alone was a good month for the average pension plan as the funded status over the month increased by 2% from 91% to 93%. The asset portfolio increased driven by equities and alternative assets, while liabilities decreased due to an increase in interest rates.