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European Insurance Industry 2020

Meeting Insurers’ Evolving Needs

Improve Margins. Grow Fees.

  • Understand the nuances of how outsourcing opportunity varies across asset class, insurer size, and location
  • Review the changes that insurers anticipate to outsourcing fixed-income and alternative asset classes
  • Analyze the precise variation of fees across markets and asset classes, and gain insight into how managers are expanding their offerings to relieve further downward fee pressure
  • Learn how the strategic partnership demands of insurers differ in relation to their size, location, and business type

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Mark Horan

Mark Horan

Senior Account Manager, Europe

Summary

Gain in-depth analysis of the Europe’s insurance asset management landscape, from asset managers to broad coverage of the insurers. This report analyzes the types of products and services that will become necessary to secure investment business with Europe’s insurers and the future of asset management outsourcing.

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A Note from the Author

Low Interest Rates Prompt Insurers to Outsource Fixed-Income and Alternative Assets

Justina Deveikyte, CAIA

Justina Deveikyte, CAIA

Director

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Justina Deveikyte, CAIA

Justina Deveikyte, CAIA

Director

Justina joined Cerulli Associates in February 2014 and heads the European Institutional Asset Management research practice. In her role, she is responsible for all research activities relating to institutional investors, the firm’s analysis of alternative investments, the newly created environmental, social, governance (ESG) section, and all data-science-based activities. She also contributes to multiple strategic consulting engagements and The Cerulli Edge series.

Justina is the lead author of several Cerulli reports, covering insurance, retirement, ESG, and alternative investments. Throughout her career, she has successfully developed partnerships with industry associations and has presented at several conferences and events across the Europe.

Prior to joining Cerulli, Justina was a Financial Manager and Global Analyst at Global Food Consulting; she previously has provided professional advice on banking products, including unit-linked insurance and third-pillar pension products at SEB Bank Group.

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The European insurance asset management industry is highly competitive. Nearly 50% of the asset managers Cerulli surveyed cite that decreasing fees and margins is a significant challenge. How can managers fight fee pressure and protect their margins? Where is the emerging product opportunity?

According to our research, European insurers continue to rely on external asset managers’ expertise when it comes to foreign fixed-income strategies, as well as certain income-generating alternative strategies. However, most remain comfortable managing core investment-grade fixed income in-house.

Our findings suggest that the region’s smaller insurers tend to manage most of their traditional fixed-income assets in-house, but the continued low-interest-rate environment could prompt some to start outsourcing more of their core fixed-income assets. As a result, the outsourced chief investment officer model could gain traction among these smaller insurers over the next three to five years.

Continue to learn more about insurers’ evolving demands and which products and services will help you grow your business in Europe with our latest report, European Insurance Industry 2020.


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