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Private Placements Interest Grows; Conning Managing New NAIC Requirement for Clients


Conning will manage a new NAIC filing requirement for clients regarding private letter ratings they receive for new private placement purchases in 2022 and beyond. 

Conning Webinar Examines ESG Investing Trends and Impact on Insurers


Matt Daly, Head of Corporate and Municipal Teams, and Denzil De Bie, Head of Credit Research for Conning Europe, discuss the evolution of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment trends and their potential impact on insurance company investment portfolios. 

Municipal Bonds: Four Opportunities for Insurers


Michael Gibbons and Kevin Antaya from Conning’s municipal bond team examine four strategies and how they might help insurers improve portfolio diversification, quality and yield.

Conning's Corporate Pension Review - 2020: The Pandemic Impact


Conning’s Corporate Pension Review 2020 examines the financial health of the U.S. corporate defined benefit (DB) industry through the analysis of 563 U.S. corporate DB plans that provided data from the end of 2016 through the end of 2020. In addition, it examines key issues impacting DB pension plans.

The MPL Challenge: Staying Relevant in a Changing World


This webinar, "The MPL Challenge: Staying Relevant in a Changing World" discusses the current state of the MPL industry and how the industry got to where it is today, key challenges going forward, and potential opportunities for MPL providers to maintain their relevance and possibly grow in this changing environment. 

2022 Outlook: Economy Recovering, But Beware of Heavy Regulatory Hand


Rich Sega, Global Chief Investment Strategist, examines the variables that could affect investment conditions in the coming year and the reasons he remains cautiously optimistic.

Rising Convertible Issuance May Aid Insurers Concerned with Inflation, Interest Rate Increases


David Tyson, managing director and portfolio manager, discusses why convertible bond issuance has risen recently and why insurers may wish to consider an allocation. 

Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary: The Looming Change in Bond C1 Factors for Life Insurers


Matthew Reilly from Institutional Solutions and Mary Pat Campbell from Insurance Research examine the potential impact on life insurance portfolios from newly adopted changes to risk-based capital charges.

Pension Funded Status Tracker July 2021


Over July 2021, the average corporate defined benefit pension plan’s funded status remained flat at 95% funded.

Alternative Paths: Alt Assets May Offer Insurers Greater Yields, Returns and Risk Management


Rich Sega, Global Chief Investment Strategist, provides a primer for insurers that are considering an allocation to alternative assets.