Artificially low volatility leaves firms nervous about the future – and looking for fixed-income alternatives
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Rate of relief
Basel Committee taskforce starts work to develop a Pillar I charge for interest rate risk in the banking book, but some bankers and former regulators say the challenges will be too great
The spread between Libor and overnight index swap rates used to be negligible – until the crisis. Its behaviour since can be explained theoretically and empirically by a model driven by typical lenders’ liquidity and typical borrowers’ credit...
Race to the bottom
Insurance Risk North America: Insurers must 'break addiction to policy guarantees' in low-rate environment
Lack of product innovation means not enough products work in the low interest rate environment, panellists complain
Flight to fixed income exposing reinsurers to low yields and interest and inflation risks
Sales of the unexpected
Solvency II and the economic environment – The effect on Italian insurance
‘Capital is like a reservoir’
Pension funds and investment firms highlight inflation, interest rate and currency risks of US default in open letters to President Obama
Emanuel Eftimiu speaks to Kelvin Wilson, associate director, Grant Thornton about defined pension fund liabilities and what they mean for private equity buyers.
Asian investors broaden their exposure as they seek diversification from the US dollar
The curse of inflation
Race to de-risk
The reduced scale of hedge fund carry trade activities compared with previous crises such as the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 has reined in potential increases in the yen libor rate and short-end JGBs.
As the industry calls for less complexity in Solvency II, some are arguing the directive is already dangerously simplistic
Classical with-profit life insurance products are traditionally backed by a buy-and-hold bond investment strategy. Using book-value accounting for such products tends to lead to a design of the guarantee rate based on an average of long-term interest...
Returns as important as risk management, say M&G Investments
German corporate pension plans turn their attention to interest rate and inflation hedging