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SWOT Analysis: Investment Manager Responsibility & Evaluation
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A SWOT Analysis will identify internal strengths, weaknesses, external opportunities and threats to each component of your insurer or risk pool’s investment process.

The SWOT analysis acts as a road map for future changes to the investment process.

Conducting a SWOT Analysis for each segment of the Investment Process Value Chain can be the best way to develop a blueprint and prioritization of how and where to improve the investment process.

Below are common practices and areas of concern within an insurer or risk pool’s investment manager:

Example: SWOT Analysis - Investment Manager

Strengths: Weaknesses:
  • Fixed income manager has experience in the insurance/risk pooling space.
  • The external manager provides significant resources; which would be difficult to duplicate internally given portfolio size.
  • Manager offers competitive fee structure and strong investment accounting services.
  • Fixed income portfolio has underperformed the benchmark over 3yr and 5yr periods.
  • The connection between the fixed income portfolio assets and company liabilities has not been outlined in reporting.
  • Reporting on performance, both nominal and risk adjusted, can be improved to cover important measures.
Opportunities: Threats:
  • Consider utilizing passive funds for risk assets.
  • Are there any useful, beneficial insurance analytics the manager can provide?
  • Any potential asset classes that may require a specialty manager?
  • A fiduciary search to evaluate the current manager against the marketplace.
  • Potential conflict of interest as manager is responsible for performance evaluation.
  • Difficult for the majority of active equitymanagers to add value net-of-fees relative to a passive index alternative.

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