In hunt for yield, US insurers turn to illiquid assets

Insurance companies in the US have increased the share of their investment portfolios allocated to long-term and illiquid assets such as mortgages, loans, private equity and hedge funds over the last eight years, data published by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) finds.

The industry’s total exposure to mortgages has grown by 72%, from $321.8 billion to $555 billion, between end-2010 and end-2018. Loans have risen by 5% to $132.2 billion from $126.3 billion, while other

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