Insurers in shift from equities to bonds, IAIS finds
The world’s largest insurers and reinsurers are allocating more of their investment portfolios to bonds than they were before the crisis, a report from the industry’s global oversight body has found. The shift has come largely at the expense of equity investments.
Insurers held 61% of their portfolios in fixed income investments last year. That was a five point increase from 2007, according to data released on Wednesday by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
At the same time, insurers are holding more of these bonds in their available-for-sale portfolios, with
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