State of the States - May 2017


Today Conning released its semi-annual State of the States municipal credit research report, which shows steady declines in overall state credit quality. In general, states have not made much progress in solving their biggest fiscal issues from 2016, which include slow economic growth, high legacy costs, and expense growth that is outpacing tax-revenue growth.

Conditions for Insurance Distribution & Services Consolidation Continue


2016 U.S. insurance distribution transaction volume above five-year average.

Demographic Trends Shape Life Settlement


Scott Hawkins, director, insurance research, Conning, said many aging baby boomers will likely turn to life settlements to help with long-term care and health needs.

GEMS® Software Receives Best Economic Scenario Generator Award from for Fourth Time in Six Years


Conning, a leading global provider of risk and capital management software and advisory solutions to the insurance and pension industries, has received the award for Best Economic Scenario Generator (ESG) in’s 2016 Buy-Side Awards.

Conning’s Risk Management Software Extends Its User Calibration Capabilities During the Current Era of Market Distortions


Conning, a leading global investment management firm and financial risk modeling software company, today announced the release of Version 6.6 of its suite of risk management software products, including the ADVISE® Enterprise Risk Modeler, FIRM® Portfolio Analyzer, and GEMS® Economic Scenario Generator (ESG).

Society of Actuaries and Conning Provide a Practical Guide on Economic Scenario Generators


The Society of Actuaries (SOA) released a new research paper on economic scenario generators. Authored by Conning, a global investment management firm with financial risk modeling software capabilities, the paper serves as a practical guide in understanding future paths of economies and financial markets, and risk elements driving financial variability.    

Conning Completes Octagon Acquisition


Conning, a premier global investment management firm, today announced that it has completed the previously-announced acquisition of Octagon Credit Investors, LLC (“Octagon”), a U.S.-based investment manager with expertise in collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), bank loans and high yield bonds.

Conning Sees Growing Demand For Its High Dividend Equity Strategy In a Volatile Market Environment


According to Conning, a leading global investment solutions provider, insurance industry investors, are increasing allocations to high dividend equity strategies in this low interest rate environment to enhance income and portfolio diversification.

Conning To Acquire Octagon Credit Investors


Conning, a leading global insurance asset management firm, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Octagon Credit Investors, LLC (“Octagon”), a U.S.–based manager of specialized credit asset classes with expertise in collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), bank loans and high yield bonds.