Insights

Webinar: An Introduction to the CLO Debt & Equity Asset Classes

12/05/2019

Conning believes many insurers could benefit from an exposure to collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) but may be hesitant to invest in an unfamiliar asset class. Our affiliates at Octagon Credit Investors are highly experienced CLO investors and managers and have developed this educational webinar on the asset class.


Pension Funded Status Tracker October 2019

11/19/2019

Over the course of October, the funded status of the average U.S. corporate defined benefit pension increased by 1% to 90% funded. Investment gains in the growth portfolio was the key driver of asset performance, though liabilities were relatively flat and as a result, the effective discount rate dropped by only two basis points.


FHLB for Insurers: A Source of Incremental Income in a Time of Lower Yields

11/06/2019

A membership in a Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) could be a valuable benefit for insurers in this time of lower yields, as its borrowing programs may help enhance profitability, balance-sheet strength and financial stability.


Conning Key Facts

11/01/2019

“Key Facts” offers an overview of Conning’s assets under management, the experience and depth of our investment staff, and our array of capabilities to help you get a quick understanding of our company.


Cyber Coverage: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You

10/22/2019

The threat of cyber-attacks – attempts by hackers to damage or destroy a computer network or system – continues to grow. So too does the threat of the “silent cyber” risk for insurers: the exposure to claims from polices that were neither intended to respond to, nor priced for, cyber-related events.

 


Pension Funded Status Tracker September 2019

10/14/2019

During the month of September, the average corporate defined benefit pension plan’s funded status increased by 2% to 89% funded. The asset portfolio marginally increased in value, while liabilities decreased in value as a result of increased interest rates.


Pension Funded Status Tracker August 2019

09/19/2019

During the month of August the funded status of the average U.S. corporate defined benefit pension fell by 3% to 87% funded. The asset portfolio witnessed mixed returns though increased in overall value over the month and liabilities also increased in value, primarily driven by a large drop in interest rates. 


CLOs: A Distinct Income Opportunity in Today's Environment

08/30/2019

Fixed-income investors concerned that interest rates will rise might want to consider collateralized loan obligation (CLO) securities. CLOs feature floating interest rates, which may help hedge against rising market interest rates.


Insurance M&A in the First Half of 2019: Taking a Breather

08/22/2019

The pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the insurance industry slowed during the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. However, we expect more deals as the year progresses. Conning’s Jerry Theodorou offers insights on trends in M&A activity across insurance sectors through the first half of 2019.