Market conditions have been extremely unusual in 2021, with stock prices climbing at the same time as bond yields fell. A number of very specific factors have caused this uncoupling, as the Fed bets on growth trumping inflation, says Jack Meskunas of Oppenheimer & Co.
Oppenheimer’s Jack Meskunas examines the history of Bear and Bull markets in the US and explains why, over the long term, it has historically paid to be bullish as an investor.
The most interesting, and potentially threatening, changes to the investment market outlook for insurance companies have to do with asset class behaviour. This will have important implications for captive insurance strategic asset allocation, says Carl Terzer of CapVisor Associates.
In the first in a new series of video interviews with key individuals in the captive insurance industry, Captive International spoke to James Larkin, head of business development for captive insurance at Barclays.
Investing in an index implies a high degree of diversification, but in fact weighting by market capitalisation means indexes such as the S&P 500 are dominated by their largest stocks, to a quite surprising degree, as Jack Meskunas of Oppenheimer explains.
Barclays Corporate Banking is the platinum sponsor of this year’s Bermuda Captive Conference. Ahead of the event, Captive International sat down with James Morris, head of UK insurance and captive banking, to discuss how Barclays is supporting the sector.
Captives and individual clients alike have been awestruck by the recent moves in the markets. With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak quickly becoming a pandemic, just as an oil price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, markets have experienced a perfect storm. Oppenheimer’s Jack Meskunas attempts to put recent market moves into perspective.
Nearly 100 years ago, the first single parent captive insurance companies were formed onshore in the UK. There has been tremendous evolution in the captives industry, but there has not been as much progress with the captive investment portfolio, says Callan’s Sara Hakim.
It is only a matter of time before a more simplified approach to longevity swaps becomes more prevalent, Robus Insurance (Guernsey) directors Kate Storey, Frank Oldham and David Riley, explain.
Many captives remain fixated with investing in fixed income products, but that should not mean a lack of financial flexibility, says Stephen Price of RBC Dominion Securities.