Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Insurers May Find Value, Not Price, is Best Medicine


After several years of soft pricing and low but steadily increasing losses, MPL insurers must find new growth strategies as market evolves.

Esoteric ABS Offering a Clear Opportunity in Uncertain Times


The asset-backed securities (ABS) subset known as “esoteric ABS” may sound complex but it is often backed by collateral that is easy to understand, such as commercial aircraft, railcars and shipping containers. Learning more about esoteric ABS may be rewarding: a number of esoteric ABS are currently offering yields at a premium to traditional ABS and other assets of similar quality and duration.

Life-Annuity Insurers Face Distribution Challenge in Delivering Omnichannel Capabilities


The life insurance industry continues to struggle to increase policy counts, however, improving retention and deepening customer relationships can help reverse this trend along with new sales growth, according to a new study by Conning.

Conning Awarded Best Technology Initiative During Investment Exchange Awards 2019 Ceremony


The Insurance Investment Exchange Awards, the premier event feting excellence in the insurance industry, cited Conning in the category of Best Technology Initiative at the 18 June ceremony. Conning was recognized for its FIRM® Portfolio Analyzer and Investment Optimizer software.

The MGA and Program Sector Continues to Soar According to Conning's Latest Strategic Study


The Managing General Agent and Program market is continuing its growth and is solidly entrenched as a key business model for property-casualty business, according to a new study by Conning.

Conning: U.S. Corporate Pension Funding Levels Improved in 2018, but Hurdles Loom


Leading global investment management firm Conning reports that overall U.S. corporate defined benefit (DB) pension plans improved their plan funding status in 2018, but continued increases in federal pension insurance premiums and heightened market volatility will likely drive more plan sponsors to seek de-risking strategies.

Property-Casualty Industry Loss Reserve Position Improved, But Redundancy is Concentrated in Just Two Areas


Conning’s annual study of the property-casualty industry’s loss reserves find that the overall reserve position appears to be redundant, after again improving in 2018.

Conning’s Latest State of the States Report Provides a Retrospective on the Past Decade and the Outlook Ahead for State Credit Quality


Conning maintains its stable outlook on overall U.S. state credit quality in the latest report of our ongoing analysis and ranking of all 50 states. The report also examines how conditions have evolved in the 10 years since the financial crisis and, among other findings, looks at how well individual states might weather another economic downturn should one strike in the near future.

Rising Life Insurance Expenses Impact on Profitability


Life insurers face a challenging environment of low interest rates, higher reserve requirements, poorer claims experience, and sluggish organic premium growth. Insurers may try to reduce costs to achieve profitability but that may not drive long-term success, according to a new study by Conning.

Competition Ramps Up in Small Business Insurance Market


The small business insurance market has grown at a faster rate than the commercial insurance market between 2015 and 2017, and several major carriers have shown a renewed interest in small commercial insurance, creating a more crowded marketplace, according to a new study by Conning.