EU insurers embrace infrastructure bonds

Solvency II-compliant infrastructure investments concentrated in handful of firms

European Union insurers have piled into infrastructure corporate bonds following a change to the Solvency II regulatory framework.

Data published by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa) shows 53% of total infrastructure exposures, about €91 billion ($106 billion), were held in the form of “qualifying infrastructure corporate investments” – bonds issued by corporates engaged in infrastructure project financing – at the end of 2017. This is an increase from 38% of

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