Conning Launches New Cloud-Enabled Investment Optimizer

July 15, 2020

Supports Faster, More Detailed and More Affordable

Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) Analysis

HARTFORD, CT, and LONDON – July 15, 2020 — Conning, a leading global provider of risk and capital management software and advisory solutions for the investment industry, today introduced its new cloud-enabled Investment Optimizer (Cloud-IO) software. Cloud-IO is a next-generation tool that provides institutional asset owners, investment managers, and retail fund managers more detailed analyses and faster runtimes to help identify optimal investment strategies. Cloud-IO also leverages on-demand cloud computing to help users manage IT resources flexibility and more efficiently.


“The pandemic has helped highlight demand for Cloud-IO capability,” said Lorraine Hritcko, Conning’s Head of Risk Solutions. “Clients have needed to review their portfolios rapidly in light of the virus’s impact on the economy, and they can access the new tool that is just as effective when used from home as it is from the office. A market-leading wealth manager recently licensed the Cloud-IO and completed its first quarterly SAA process during the lockdown. They were able to do so without the level of support from their IT department that is typically required in implementing a new system.”

Cloud-IO enables users to analyze thousands of possible investment approaches and select those with the highest probability of optimizing investment return while limiting volatility and potential downside losses. Cloud-IO harnesses the power of cloud computing to significantly increase its analytic power, allowing significantly more detailed analyses and multiple iterations to be run quickly to support tight reporting deadlines.


Cloud-IO supports both asset-only and asset-liability optimizations, and it has a wide range of built-in analytics that include economic, accounting, and solvency capital metrics. Access is via web browser, offering clear graphical and interactive charts and tables that can be fed directly into management reports.


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Conning ( is a leading global investment management firm with a long history of serving institutional investors, including insurers, pension plans, and investment managers with investment solutions, asset management offerings, risk modeling software, and industry research. Founded in 1912, Conning has investment centers in Asia, Europe and North America.


About Conning’s Risk Management Software

Conning’s risk management software platform includes GEMS® Economic Scenario Generator, FIRM® Portfolio Analyzer, and ADVISE® Enterprise Risk Modeler, Investment Optimizer, and Cloud-IO, offering greater accuracy in financial risk modeling and providing deeper insights for decision making, regulatory and rating agency compliance, and capital allocation. ADVISE®, FIRM®, and GEMS® are registered trademarks in the U.S. of Conning, Inc. Copyright 1990-2020 Conning, Inc. All rights reserved. ADVISE®, FIRM®, and GEMS® are proprietary software published and owned by Conning, Inc.



To provide additional information about Conning’s Investment Optimizer software, Conning’s Risk Solutions team has provided a product sheet and a demonstrational video ([]) which include an overview of the functionality and advantages of the system.


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