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Asset TV: Why Investors Should Consider MLPs


In a recent interview with Asset TV, Marcus McGregor, Head of MLP Strategy explains why institutional investors should consider allocating for direct ownership of underlining MLPs.

The Pension Plan Underfunding Dilemma: Analyzing the Trends


The funding status of corporate defined benefit (DB) pension plans remains a subject of concern for many company officers and is not going away soon. Surprises requiring unexpected (and sometimes sizeable) contributions to pension plans can have a significant impact on a company’s financial position.

Replacing LIBOR: Perspectives of an Evolving Landscape


The U.K.’s July announcement that the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, will be phased out by the end of 2021 was not the last word on the subject.

A.M. Best Interview: Insurers Embrace Liability-Driven Investing 


In a recent interview with A.M. Best, Conning's, Daniel Mainolfi, said insurers and pension fund managers have become proficient in investing against long-term liabilities, which can reduce overall volatility.

Breaking the Pension Funding Stalemate


U.S. defined benefit plan sponsors need new tools to break the stalemate many face regarding pension funding: unable to improve low funding levels, sponsors have not implemented stronger plan risk-management practices to help them better align plan assets with future liability obligations.

Annual Corporate Pension Review


Conning’s Annual Corporate Pension Review - 2016 analyzes the financial health of the U.S. corporate defined benefit (DB) industry. In this report, we will be highlighting plan funded status and other key financial metrics that provide meaningful insight for corporate sponsors, chief investment officers (CIOs) and other plan stakeholders.

Conning 2Q 2017 State of the States Report


Conning's view is that state credit quality continues to decline. Measures of state credit strength have worsened since our last report in October 2016. State revenue growth is falling short of expenditure growth and as a result state reserves are under pressure.