Global Insurance Report 2019

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Re-engineering for resilience

Now in its eighth edition, the 2019 BlackRock Global Insurance Report provides insights from 360 senior insurance and reinsurance executives across 25 countries, representing over US$16 trillion in investable assets.1

The report covers views on market conditions, portfolio construction challenges and the role of private markets and ESGand it provides BlackRock’s latest perspectives on key issues affecting the insurance industry.

Constructive on the cycle
Insurers have a positive outlook on the current environment but see risks on the horizon. Slowing economic growth and interest rate and credit risks are top of mind.
Seeking resilience
While insurers remain risk orientated, with nearly twice as many increasing risk as reducing it, they are taking steps to make their portfolios more resilient.
Revisiting portfolio construction
The desire to improve diversification is driving insurers to make a variety of portfolio changes, from increasing cash holdings to diversifying further into private assets.
Optimising fixed income
Amid a challenging rate environment, insurers favour higher-yielding investments, including corporates, securitised assets and ESG bonds, at the expense of government debt.
Integrating alternatives
Private markets continue to be a focus, with 73% of insurers considering higher allocations, despite the barriers. Private equity is the likeliest destination.
Preparing for a sustainable future
We see strong progress on incorporating ESG considerations into portfolios, but a majority still believes ESG involves compromises relative to other goals.
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Results for Europe
European insurers are the least likely to increase risk exposures, despite optimism. However, they plan to increase private market holdings with capital efficiency as the main driver.
Results for North America.