Insurers prepare for interest rate hikes

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Central banks’ cheap money has been the favourite weapon of governments to fuel the feeble recovery of the world’s economies and lend struggling banks a hand. But it has been a slow-acting poison on insurers’ balance sheets, diminishing returns on fixed-income portfolios and threatening insurers’ ability to meet long-term guarantees.  

Stress tests conducted in the past two years in Europe have shown that insurers’ capital positions have worsened steadily and

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