Insurance Investment Perspectives: Bank Loans, Hedged Equities & Risk Asset Allocation

Insurance Investment Perspectives: Bank Loans, Hedged Equities & Risk Asset Allocation

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Do Insurers Consider Operating or Financial Leverage in their Investment Risk Decisions?:
Alton Cogert | President & CEO | Strategic Asset Alliance
SAA provides peer group analysis of investment risks using its Structured Peer Group approach, comparing insurers of similar size and lines of business. One of the key questions the SPG approach can answer is whether insurers consider non-investment risks when deciding on investment risk taking. We will discuss some initial results of SAA’s research on this.

An Update on the Bank Loan Market:
John Heitkemper | Portfolio Manager | Bradford & Marzec
A brief overview of bank loans, discussion of the evolution of the market, and why Bradford & Marzec has conviction in the sector. John will review historical trends such as bank loan index performance in rising interest rate periods, valuations, and bank loan default rates.

The Value of Currency Hedging International Equity Exposures:
Jeremy Schwartz | Director of Research | WisdomTree
This presentation will cover the strategic case for hedging international equities and why one should challenge the notion that the baseline or default position should use unhedged international equities. We will cover the historical volatility profile of currency risk and how much incremental risk currency added to the broad international markets and address a widespread misconception that it is expensive to hedge currency risk.