This webinar provided a review of the topics addressed at this year’s Insurer Investment Forum, including:
Taming Surplus Volatility:
Alton Cogert | President & CEO | Strategic Asset Alliance
We enter the year in the ‘fear’ part of the fear/greed cycle and that can raise questions about the investment process, all the way up to the Board level. How are insurers positioned for low interest rates plus surplus volatility?
Ways for Mitigating Currency Risk:
Christopher Gannatti | Associate Director of Research | WisdomTree
There is continued institutional focus on the topic of currency hedging as the US dollar remains strong and the FED is poised to raise rates again in 2016.
Global Opps. that Complement US Core Bond Strategies:
Laura Lake | Sr. Portfolio Manager | Standish Mellon Asset Management
Many institutional investors have a structural allocation to high quality fixed income and are questioning expected returns in U.S. investment grade rated bonds. Moving to a global approach can offer a number of benefits. A global strategy on a hedged basis provides investors with a portfolio that exhibits similar risk characteristics as dedicated U.S. Fixed Income with the potential for increased diversification and return generation.
Opportunities in Private Securities:
Jack Maher | Managing Director – Head of Alternatives | HIMCO
Today’s search for yield is pushing many investors further out on the risk-return curve – and further away from their comfort zones, especially in light of a market environment that suggests both potential interest rate hikes and greater volatility. One area investors may wish to consider is private asset classes such as private placement debt and commercial real estate mortgage loans.