July 23, 2012
NEW YORK, July 23, 2012 – Seeking yield in a time of prolonged low interest rates, insurers say they will diversify beyond traditional fixed income into higher return asset classes including high-yield debt, real estate, and emerging market debt. In addition to seeking higher returns, insurers are focused on investing more in their risk management infrastructure in the near term.
These were among the key findings of the GSAM Insurance Asset Management Insurance CIO Survey, “Seeking Return in an Adverse Environment” (available at www.gsam.com/Insurance-CIO-Survey). GSAM Insurance Asset Management retained independent, third-party research firm KRC Research to gather insight into the investment sentiment of CIOs and senior investment decision-makers at 152 insurers globally, representing $3.8 trillion in invested assets.
“Between low rates, a changing regulatory environment and significant market volatility, it is clearly challenging for insurers to produce strong risk-adjusted returns,” said Michael Siegel, GSAM’s Global Head of Insurance Asset Management. “Our study shows that CIOs are addressing the adverse investment climate by rethinking asset allocation, and in many cases, diversifying into new asset classes while also enhancing their risk management systems.”
Key findings of the survey include1:
1 These findings represent an aggregation of responses from respondents of the GSAM Insurance Asset Management Insurance CIO Survey and does not reflect or represent the views or opinions of Goldman Sachs.
These results are from the 2012 GSAM Insurance Asset Management Insurance CIO Survey which KRC Research conducted online between May 1 and May 23, 2012. The survey received responses from 152 global senior investment professionals identified by GSAM and invited to participate in the survey. KRC Research compiled and analyzed all data included in this report.
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