Liability Driven Investing for Insurance Companies


In this Q&A, Conning’s Head of Insurance Solutions provides insurers his insights on the use of liability driven investing, including investment strategies that insurers should consider.

Post-Election Pension De-Risking Strategy Considerations


Based on the pre-election rhetoric, there is little doubt that the president-elect, Donald Trump, is expected to employ a progrowth economic policy that may stimulate US growth and reduce unemployment.

Conning Releases Q4 2016 State of the States Report


Conning's State of the States U.S. municipal bond report shows that while state revenues have been on a steady climb since the 2008 recession, they are now showing signs of strain. 

Clapping With One Hand: Can Central Banks Overcome the Bad Policies of their Countries’ Political Leadership?


Since 2008, we at Conning have been saying that the weak economy is not a monetary problem, so it does not have a monetary solution. When a nation’s leadership promulgates poor regulatory, fiscal, and trade policies, it leaves the job of offsetting the effects on their citizens to the central banks. This lack of policy coordination is like a one- handed clap. Now, perhaps more than ever, a deep understanding of central bank policies is required to make global forecasts and informed investment decisions. Let’s examine a few of these effects and how we believe they are holding back growth.

Conning’s Risk Management Software Extends Its User Calibration Capabilities During the Current Era of Market Distortions


Conning, a leading global investment management firm and financial risk modeling software company, today announced the release of Version 6.6 of its suite of risk management software products, including the ADVISE® Enterprise Risk Modeler, FIRM® Portfolio Analyzer, and GEMS® Economic Scenario Generator (ESG).

Conning Releases Q1 2016 State of the States Report


Conning’s latest  State of the States Municipal Credit Research report shows that while state revenues have been on a steady climb since the 2008 recession, they are now showing signs of strain. 

Risk Factors – A Better Way to Build a Portfolio? 


Most investors, including insurance companies, construct their portfolios using the traditional asset classes of cash, fixed income, equities and tangible assets, broken down into subclasses such as corporate bonds and U.S. large cap stocks.

The American Shale Gas Revolution: Fundamental Winners and Losers


The U.S. Shale gas revolution in the U.S. is well underway, spawned over a decade ago by rising natural gas prices and advancements in drilling technology. Through the extensive use of horizontal drilling and the environmentally debated hydraulic fracturing (called fracking), which uses sand, water and chemicals essentially to create fissures in rock formations underground (down to 10,000 ft.), releasing and enhancing the flow of gas, the estimate of unproved reserves of shale gas in the U.S. have skyrocketed.

Conning Releases Q4 2015 State of the States Update


In its Q4 update on U.S. state credit quality, global investment manager Conning finds that in the aggregate, state credit quality remains strong. 

The Limitation Game - Understanding Model Risk


Mathematical models are essential tools for the effective management of financial and insurance risks, yet every model has some limitations. It is important to understand these limitations if models are to be used effectively. Indeed, what is considered a limitation is likely to differ from one application to the next.