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European insurance investment survey

The combination of low rates and Solvency II is prompting major shifts in asset allocation.

April 2016

Standard Life Investments recently published the results of a comprehensive insurance investment survey carried out during the second half of 2015. This involved detailed interviews with around 60 CIOs and CROs working for a range of insurers across Europe. The survey underlines the significant shifts in European insurers’ asset allocations – underway or planned – in response to the low interest rate environment and Solvency II (see Chart 2).

Chart 2: Asset allocation intentions of European insurers

Proportional Change in Allocation (%)

Source: Standard Life Investments European Insurance Investment Survey 2015

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