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Pension Funded Status Tracker October 2020

11/17/2020

The funded status of the average U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plan remained flat at 83% funded, for the month of October 2020. The asset portfolio decreased in value while liabilities also decreased in value.


2020: What Are the Takeaways for Insurance CROs?

11/05/2020

Was the market crash a temporary blip … or a dodged bullet? In this new white paper, Conning’s Dan Finn discusses the possible lessons to be learned for risk professionals from the events and market data of 2020.


Rethinking Investment Strategy to Combat "Lower for Longer"

10/28/2020

Matthew Reilly, a Managing Director in Institutional Solutions, examines strategies and tools that might help insurers combat the continuing decline in yields from traditional fixed-income strategies. 


ESG: AI Makes Us Smarter

10/28/2020

Ole Jorgensen, Director of Research for Global Evolution, discusses how artificial intelligence – AI – may help asset managers integrate ESG factors into the investment process in this video for the Insurance Asset Management Association of China.


Conning ConnText Podcast: Quarterly Investment Outlook

10/20/2020

In his Conning ConnText podcast for the fourth quarter, Rich Sega, Global Chief Investment Strategist, offers his views on how markets may react once voters have their say in November. He is joined by Karel Citroen, Head of Conning’s Municipal Credit Research team, who discusses how COVID-19, state credit quality and the elections may affect various states.


Pension Funded Status Tracker September 2020

10/20/2020

The funded status of the average U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plan deteriorated 2% to 83% in September. The asset portfolio decreased in value as US equities led the decline while liabilities remained flat.


Consulting Opportunities Rise as Insurers Increase Investment Outsourcing

10/08/2020

Conning and Eager, Davis & Holmes offer insights on the rising number of insurance companies turning to outside managers to help them enhance investment returns in this low-rate environment, and the possible opportunities for investment consultants to offer valuable assistance.


Webinar: An Introduction to Life Settlements

10/05/2020

Lower interest rates may drive growth in the life settlements market, which involves life insurance policyowners selling their policies to investors. Industry analyst Scott Hawkins offers insight on the life settlement market dynamics and the unique risks in this webinar.


Conning's Segment Reports Highlight Important Trends

09/23/2020

Conning’s Insurance Research team reports on the current leading trends affecting the life-annuity and property-casualty insurance segments, including – but not limited to – the impact of COVID-19.


Client Case Study: Cloud-Enabled Strategic Asset Allocation

09/21/2020

Schroders Personal Wealth uses Conning software to analyze investment strategies for the highest potential return while limiting volatility and downside losses. Click here to read the full case study.