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The Greening of Insurance Asset Management

Values-based investing takes root among insurers and their asset managers. In this special section, Best’s Review explores how the insurance asset management sector is adapting to meeting emerging standards and expectations for climate risk and social responsibility.


Watch the full lineup of programs in "The Greening of Insurance Asset Management."




THE GREENING OF INSURANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT
The Push for Responsible Investing

From the United Nations to nations and states, regulators and representatives are aligning investing standards with concerns about climate risk and social responsibility. Insurance and asset management experts explore emerging standards and expectations, along with the strategies and products designed to lower the stress of complying.

  • Meg Green and John Weber
  • May 2021

THE GREENING OF INSURANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT
The Changing Relationship Between Asset Management, Values-Based Investing and Diversity and Inclusion

More-demanding expectations are affecting how insurers, regulators and investors view personnel, investments and corporate transparency.

  • Meg Green and John Weber
  • May 2021

THE GREENING OF INSURANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT
Smaller and Midsized Insurers Negotiate a Complex Investment Landscape

Not all insurers have the resources to deploy across a range of investment opportunities designed to address changing standards and expectations. Insurance and investment experts explore how insurers of all sizes can better meet emerging guidelines without sacrificing business objectives.

  • Meg Green and John Weber
  • May 2021

THE GREENING OF INSURANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT
Beware the Sirens of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing

Boosting ESG without understanding and carefully considering who stakeholders are, what they expect and how their potential disappointment might be expressed is a tactical path to a reputational liability.

  • Nir Kossovsky and Denise Williamee
  • May 2021

EMERGING LEADERS
AM Best’s Inaugural Student Challenge Leads to Innovative Solutions for Catastrophe Risk

This year’s winning team created a parametric insurance solution that helps families during emergency evacuations.

  • Lori Chordas
  • May 2021

EMERGING LEADERS
Progressive CEO: Insurance Industry Needs Proven Risk Rating Metrics and More-Affordable Products

Tricia Griffith also said risk-based pricing should be bifurcated from discussions about affordability.

  • Renée Kiriluk-Hill
  • May 2021

RISK ADVISER
Emerging Litigation Targets Arsenic in Baby Food

Droughts caused by climate change have elevated the amount of heavy metals found in rice. Insurers must help clients manage this risk.

  • Robert Reville and David Loughran
  • May 2021

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Regulators and Activists Increase Pressure to Incorporate ESG in All Areas of Insurance

This issue also includes a look at AM Best’s first Student Challenge and a listing of the largest insurers in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Patricia Vowinkel
  • May 2021

THE GREENING OF INSURANCE ASSET MANAGEMENT
AM Best Becomes Signatory to the ESG-Related Principles for Sustainable Insurance

AM Best is the first credit rating agency to make this commitment.

  • May 2021

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Amid Move Toward More Disclosure of ESG Risks, Insurers Begin to Realign Talent, Structures

AM Best: Increased legislative and regulatory emphasis on climate risk will prompt U.S. insurers and reinsurers to accelerate their ESG efforts.

  • Frank Klimko
  • May 2021

EMERGING LEADERS
Insurance Will Remain Relationship-Focused, Even With COVID-Inspired Tech Advances

Improvements to claims handling, underwriting and policy origination forge customer connections at every level, said AM Best’s Matthew C. Mosher.

  • Terrence Dopp
  • May 2021

EMERGING LEADERS
Competitions for Students of Insurance and Risk Management

A look at some of the industry-sponsored challenges available to insurance and risk management college and graduate school students.

  • May 2021

LIFE INSURANCE
Life Insurers Ponder How to Underwrite COVID-19 Survivors

Options range from the most severe—refusing to extend coverage—to treating the virus like cancer, respiratory illnesses and other conditions that must be disclosed when applying for life insurance.

  • Terrence Dopp
  • May 2021

AT LARGE
Narrow Artificial Intelligence Is Latest Disrupter to Insurance Industry

NAI, just like the Industrial Revolution, is going to result in new government programs, as well as new theories of contract law and injury law.

  • Pete Thomas and Samantha Busenhart
  • May 2021

TECHNOLOGY
Ripples From Software M&A Can Buffet Insurers

Selecting a software solution is a long-term business commitment. That’s why understanding a vendor’s footing in the M&A market is essential.

  • Matthew Josefowicz
  • May 2021

NEXT WAVE
What I, a True Introvert, Have Missed Most About Office Life

Working from home certainly has its advantages, but it can’t replace the benefits of in-person relationships or contemplative time spent while commuting.

  • Carly Burnham
  • May 2021

WHAT AM BEST SAYS
AM Best: The Role and Importance of MGAs and Other, Similar Underwriting Enterprises Have Grown in Recent Years

Insurers are increasingly using distribution partners called delegated underwriting authority enterprises.

  • Kate Smith
  • May 2021

ASIA-PACIFIC
Hong Kong Insurance Regulator Launches Groupwide Supervision Rule

Rules first proposed in December 2020 have been approved and put into place with the hope of luring large insurers to the region.

  • David Pilla
  • May 2021

THE LAST WORD
High Honors: The Insurance Library Names Quincy Mutual CEO Its Insurance Professional of the Year

K. Douglas Briggs discusses the prestigious award and how the Library’s mission continues in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Lori Chordas
  • May 2021

EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Progressive Chief Marketing Officer, Responsible for Flo/Superstore and Dr. Rick Campaigns, to Retire

Jeff Charney, slated to leave in 2022, created an award-winning internal creative shop during his tenure. Also, at Beazley plc Adrian Cox succeeds CEO Andrew Horton, who is headed to QBE, and Ryan Specialty Group expands leadership team.

  • May 2021

INSURANCE MARKETING
Getting Noticed: Unleashing the Power of Search Engine Optimization

Insurers are turning to SEO to gain visibility and build brand awareness, but an expert says success begins by first mapping out a strategy that focuses on content and meeting customer needs.

  • Lori Chordas
  • May 2021

BOOK STORE
Author Experiences Firsthand the Difference Insurance Can Make

Grace Vandecruze’s book is designed to help others reach financial security, including having adequate protection.

  • Meg Green
  • May 2021

APP STORE
App Enables Life Insurance Agents to Sell Policies Anytime, Anywhere

IXN Tech CEO Kevin Pohmer discusses the history and hurdles behind the company’s new mobile app for life insurance quotes.

  • Casey Montague
  • May 2021

INDUSTRY UPDATES
‘Difficult Conversations’ About Race at NAIC Meeting

The group will identify diversity, equity and inclusion best practices and address questions over the use of third-party data.

  • Timothy Darragh
  • May 2021

TRENDING: BEST'S RESEARCH
Trending Research Includes Market Segment Reports on P/C and Life/Annuity Industries

AM Best also comments on the London and Bermuda markets, the US title industry and rejoining the Paris Agreement.

  • May 2021

AM BEST TV & AUDIO
Severe Weather Across US Could Trigger Record First-Quarter Catastrophe Claims

Also, industry professionals discuss the value of automating underwriting and compromising on insurance policy.

  • May 2021

CORPORATE CHANGES
Corporate Acquisitions, Name Changes and State Actions

Indy Health, Georgia Casualty & Surety among the life/health and property/casualty insurers in the United States that have experienced a corporate change.

  • May 2021

AM BEST WEBINARS
The Future of Claims and Customer-Centered Technology in Commercial Insurance

Professionals discuss how identity management tools can protect against fraud and better roofing can reduce home insurance losses.

  • May 2021

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