Clear Path Analysis Pension Plan De-Risking Q&A


The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder to DB pension plan sponsors of the potential value of a disciplined de-risking strategy. Conning’s Sean Kurian discusses sponsor concerns in this Q&A.

Insurers May be Able to Enhance Income Without Committing Additional Cash or Adding Significant Risk


A Conning Strategic Alert describes how market dislocations have helped drive up yields for structured securities while the decline in U.S. Treasury yields has led to falling rates within FHLB lending programs. Insurers who are FHLB members may be able to use loan proceeds to invest in structured securities.

COVID-19 Update: Contagion and Containment


The COVID-19 virus that started as a China-only issue with ramifications to supply chains has now gone global with adverse implications to consumer behaviour, capital investment and growth. In Europe, government containment initiatives have in some cases been draconian but time will tell if they stop the virus from spreading. Meanwhile, oil and base metals face downward pressure and the narrative of an emerging-market-led global upswing in 2020 seems a distant memory.

Regulatory & Accounting Updates Affect Life/Annuity, Health Insurers


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.

Conning Launches Capability to View Combined Risk in Insurers’ General Account and DB Pension


A potential blind spot for insurers in assessing the full investment risk of their general account and defined benefit pension plan assets could lead to missed opportunities to improve net income, pension plan funding and their bottom line. Conning’s solution can help provide a comprehensive view. 

Conning Industry Outlook Helps Ready Insurers for 2020 Business, Investment Challenges


Conning has produced an industry outlook webinar analyzing challenges that U.S. insurers face in 2020, both in their business and in managing their investment portfolios. The outlook highlights that, while the environment for property-casualty insurers is relatively more favorable than the one for life-annuity companies, both face many challenges as competition remains intense.

The Conning Focus Series


Conning is pleased to introduce its inaugural Focus Series, a new digital product designed to get to the core of an issue or trend quickly. The Focus Series delivers valuable content into clear digestible insights and streamlined supporting details. Conning will issue several Focus Series throughout the year, including multiple volumes within the same sector.

The E&S Market in the U.S. is Booming, But For How Much Longer?


The current growth spurt in the U.S. E&S market began in 2018, gained steam in 2019, and is poised to continue in 2020, according to a new study by Conning.

Chasing Yield Through BBBs is Hiking Insurer Credit Risk


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.

Conning: Life Insurance Sector Catching Up in Terms of Innovation


Both internal and external pressures are weighing on the life insurance sector to drive innovation and technology adoption. Recent flat sales, a need to generate returns on capital and external pressures such as regulations, customer behaviors, and market dynamics, have forced life insurers to innovate, according to a new study by Conning.