The E&S Market in the U.S. is Booming, But For How Much Longer?


The current growth spurt in the U.S. E&S market began in 2018, gained steam in 2019, and is poised to continue in 2020, according to a new study by Conning.

Chasing Yield Through BBBs is Hiking Insurer Credit Risk


Conning’s Mary Pat Campbell and Cynthia Beaulieu discuss insurance asset-allocation trends, the concerns of rising exposure to riskier bonds, and how portfolio diversification can help improve income and reduce risk.

Conning: Life Insurance Sector Catching Up in Terms of Innovation


Both internal and external pressures are weighing on the life insurance sector to drive innovation and technology adoption. Recent flat sales, a need to generate returns on capital and external pressures such as regulations, customer behaviors, and market dynamics, have forced life insurers to innovate, according to a new study by Conning.

Stronger Life Settlement Growth Forecast Over Next Decade


The 2018 life settlements market continues to build on growth from previous years: according to a new Conning study, annual volumes increased for the third consecutive year, providing a foundation for stronger growth ahead.

U.S. Cyber Insurance Market is Growing, but Can the Industry Solutions Keep Up with the Threat?


Insurers continue to refine and evolve the underwriting and products for cyber threats, along with incubating an ecosystem of services.  The cyber threat, however, is evolving at a rapid pace, enhanced by the explosive growth in technology advancements, according to a new study by Conning.

Insurance M&A Slows in 1H 2019 Following a Busy 1H 2018


Leading global investment management firm Conning has issued an Insurance Insight from its Insurance Research group reviewing merger and acquisition (M&A) activity among insurers during the first six months of 2019. 

Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Insurers May Find Value, Not Price, is Best Medicine


After several years of soft pricing and low but steadily increasing losses, MPL insurers must find new growth strategies as market evolves.

Esoteric ABS Offering a Clear Opportunity in Uncertain Times


The asset-backed securities (ABS) subset known as “esoteric ABS” may sound complex but it is often backed by collateral that is easy to understand, such as commercial aircraft, railcars and shipping containers. Learning more about esoteric ABS may be rewarding: a number of esoteric ABS are currently offering yields at a premium to traditional ABS and other assets of similar quality and duration.

Life-Annuity Insurers Face Distribution Challenge in Delivering Omnichannel Capabilities


The life insurance industry continues to struggle to increase policy counts, however, improving retention and deepening customer relationships can help reverse this trend along with new sales growth, according to a new study by Conning.

Conning Awarded Best Technology Initiative During Investment Exchange Awards 2019 Ceremony


The Insurance Investment Exchange Awards, the premier event feting excellence in the insurance industry, cited Conning in the category of Best Technology Initiative at the 18 June ceremony. Conning was recognized for its FIRM® Portfolio Analyzer and Investment Optimizer software.