Life Insurance Industry Investments: Under Pressure in 2011


Mike Warner  
Conning, Inc.

Conning—Life Insurer Investments Under Pressure

(Hartford, CT) December 12, 2012—Analysis of life insurers’ assets and investments as reported at year-end 2011 reveals an industry pressured by the continued lowest interest rates seen since the 1950’s, according to “Life Insurance Industry Investments: Under Pressure in 2011,” a new study by Conning.

“Our analysis of life insurers’ investment profile through 2011 and into 2012 indicates that insurers are continuing to respond to the long term low interest rate environment,” said Mary Pat Campbell, analyst at Conning. “While most of the negative impacts of the financial crisis faded in 2011, the continued policy of low interest rates from the Federal Reserve took its toll on fixed income yield, and is now being recognized and responded to as a longer term challenge.”

The Conning Research study, “Life Insurance Industry Investments: Under Pressure in 2011,” analyzes life industry investments for the period 2007-2011 for the industry as a whole and for four underwriting market peer groups. Further, the study also provides detail regarding the industry’s position at the start of 2012 and analyzes how the prolonged low interest rate environment and other challenges may influence insurers’ strategic investment decisions in the future.

“On a positive note, insurers have worked hard in the aftermath of the crisis to rebuild capital positions and improve leverage,” said Stephan Christiansen, director of research at Conning. “Additionally, many have repositioned their product portfolios to reduce risks in their liabilities going forward. Consequently, they have some room to take additional risk in pursuit of yield.”

“Life Insurance Industry Investments: Under Pressure in 2011,” is available for purchase from Conning by calling (888) 707-1177 or by visiting the company’s web site at

About Conning 

Conning ( is a leading investment management company for the global insurance industry, with almost $91 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2012 through its global investment centers, Cathay Conning Asset Management, and its Goodwin Capital Advisers subsidiary. The Company’s unique combination of asset management, risk and capital management solutions and insurance research helps clients achieve their financial goals through customized business and investment strategies. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Conning is focused on the future, providing clients with innovative solutions, leveraging its global capabilities, investment experience and proprietary research.  The company is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, with additional offices in New York, London, Dublin, Cologne, and Hong Kong.