Insights

Conning Chairman & CEO on Risk Forecasting: Best’s Review column

02/01/2017

Conning’s focus on delivering customized investment solutions to insurance clients demands that we understand their unique needs. CEO Woody Bradford notes in February’s Best’s Review that risk forecasting has become increasingly difficult for insurers due to economic and political uncertainty, and suggests they consider modernizing their approach and use a broader set of tools and techniques to create more useful financial models.


Trumping the Credit Cycle? The 2017 Outlook for U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Credit

01/31/2017

Change in the U.S. investment environment is inevitable in 2017 as a U.S. government administration with a new outlook on market forces and government regulation takes control of the levers of power in Washington D.C. The 18th century philosopher and economist Adam Smith wrote about the power of the “invisible hand” of markets in his famous tome, The Wealth of Nations. The past 8 years have been witness to the highly visible hand of increased regulatory oversight, and its power to restrain both markets and potential economic growth.


Tax Cuts, AMT and Munis: Taxes and Municipal Bond Allocation for Property-Casualty Investors

01/16/2017

The potential for lower tax rates under a new administration could have a significant impact on Property-Casualty (P/C) insurers' capacity for municipal bonds, and will certainly affect the tax-equivalent yield (TEY) (makes the yield on a tax-advantaged security comparable to a taxable) multiplier yield.


Liability Driven Investing for Insurance Companies

12/01/2016

In this Q&A, Conning’s Head of Insurance Solutions provides insurers his insights on the use of liability driven investing, including investment strategies that insurers should consider.


Post-Election Pension De-Risking Strategy Considerations

11/28/2016

Based on the pre-election rhetoric, there is little doubt that the president-elect, Donald Trump, is expected to employ a progrowth economic policy that may stimulate US growth and reduce unemployment.


Conning Releases Q4 2016 State of the States Report

10/26/2016

Conning's State of the States U.S. municipal bond report shows that while state revenues have been on a steady climb since the 2008 recession, they are now showing signs of strain. 


Clapping With One Hand: Can Central Banks Overcome the Bad Policies of their Countries’ Political Leadership?

10/01/2016

Since 2008, we at Conning have been saying that the weak economy is not a monetary problem, so it does not have a monetary solution. When a nation’s leadership promulgates poor regulatory, fiscal, and trade policies, it leaves the job of offsetting the effects on their citizens to the central banks. This lack of policy coordination is like a one- handed clap. Now, perhaps more than ever, a deep understanding of central bank policies is required to make global forecasts and informed investment decisions. Let’s examine a few of these effects and how we believe they are holding back growth.


NAIC Notes - Summer 2016

09/01/2016

The Summer National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) meeting was held in San Diego from August 26th through the 29th. 


Conning Releases Q1 2016 State of the States Report

05/03/2016

Conning’s latest  State of the States Municipal Credit Research report shows that while state revenues have been on a steady climb since the 2008 recession, they are now showing signs of strain. 


NAIC Notes - Spring 2016

04/01/2016

The Spring National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) meeting was held in New Orleans from April 2nd – 5th.