Sleep well at night – investing like an insurer

Sleep well at night – investing ilke an insurer

April 2016

How pension plan sponsors can use the three golden rules of insurance investing. 

Authors: Brent Simmons and Heather Wolfe
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As defined benefit pension plans continue to deal with volatile markets and low interest rates, plan sponsors are increasingly asking how insurers manage risk in their investment portfolios. When we look back at the 2008 financial crisis, while many plan sponsors struggled with underfunded plans, Canadian life insurance companies did a better job weathering the storm. How did they do it?

In our latest issue of DB Solutions InSights "Sleep well at night – investing like an insurer", we share the three golden rules of how insurers invest and what DB plan sponsors can do to apply those rules to manage their pension plans. The article outlines opportunities for plans to make their fixed income portfolio work smarter by targeting additional yield, better diversification and reduced risk.