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Market distortions and uneven macroeconomic conditions across the globe have roiled capital markets, creating a difficult environment in which insurers strive to achieve decent returns. Central bank policies of quantitative easing have brought yields to historic lows, starving investors of income and forcing them into less-traditional and higher risk asset classes. This survey of insurance professionals from the Economist Intelligence Unit offers a richly detailed and timely review of the challenges and opportunities facing the insurance industry. getAbstract recommends this succinct yet thorough study to insurers and financial services professionals.

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Global insurers worry about the fickle state of financial markets. Looser monetary policies have helped boost economic growth in the near term but at the same time have created imbalances. Quantitative easing has reduced fixed income yields – and even spawned negative yields – making quality investments harder to find. Central bank bond purchases have crowded out investors, and liquidity remains constrained across capital markets. Some countries are lowering interest rates while others are raising them. In March 2015, the European Central Bank set its quantitative...


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