Insurers to target export finance loans as banks withdraw

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Insurers are expected to increase their investment in export finance loans as they look for a way to find higher-yielding, low-risk assets.

The loans, which are made to overseas buyers of exported goods, are guaranteed by an export credit agency (ECA), reducing the credit risk.

Banks have traditionally provided export finance loans, but are withdrawing from the market because of liquidity restrictions imposed by Basel III.

Emily Penn, London-based director, insurance asset-liability management

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