European insurance investment survey
The combination of low rates and Solvency II is prompting major shifts in asset allocation.
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
Source: Standard Life Investments European Insurance Investment Survey 2015