Case Studies: Insurer Investment Forum

The Case Studies presented at SAA’s Forum and Pools Seminar have been lauded for their clarity, applicability and usefulness by our insurer attendees.

We hope these sample case studies from previous Insurer Investment Forums provide better insight into the type of issues addressed at the conference, along with how attendees are able to collaborate with peers. You can view previous Pool Seminar case studies here.

The next Insurer Investment Forum XX will be held March 18-19, 2020 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA.

The Board’s Decision: Keep or Replace the Investment Manager

Over the last few years, Belichick Mutual Insurance Company has gotten worse than benchmark investment performance from its external fixed income manager, which is also rumored to be conducting less than ethical behavior .

With all of this controversy, senior management is considering a change from its fixed income manager, which, despite these issues, has developed a strong and very responsive relationship with the company over the last ten years.

Does the Board agree that it is time to change its fixed income manager?

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Asset Allocation Concerns: Frequency

Mr. Glazer is now appointed to the Investment Committee and was reviewing the strategic asset allocation process over the past three years. Although state regulations and investment policy allowed prudent flexibility, Mr. Glazer was a bit surprised by the frequency and scope of the strategic asset allocation process.

The process was conducted every year even though the underlying strategic plan and direction of the business had remained consistent for many years. Under closer scrutiny, strategic asset allocation recommendations were often contradictory (especially risk assets) and could swing materially year-over-year.

Wouldn’t this confuse the Board and, even worse, place the investment manager/advisor in a difficult position?

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