Insurers to chase liquidity premium in 2013 – BlackRock

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Insurers will increase their allocation to illiquid and non-traditional credit assets in 2013, as low interest rates continue to challenge their business models and profitability, according to asset management firm BlackRock.

With market volatility and regulatory changes forcing banks to cut the size of their balance sheets, BlackRock predicts insurers will fill this void, branching into new markets in order to capture the higher yields and superior risk-adjusted returns of non-traditional credi

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