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Islamic insurers' strong profitability might not continue throughout 2021, says S&P report

Islamic insurers' strong profitability might not continue throughout 2021, says S&P report

A new report from S&P Global Ratings says that unlike in the corporate sector, where the pandemic led to widespread downgrades in 2020, credit ratings on Islamic (Takaful) and conventional insurers in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) have remained broadly stable over the past 18 months, supported by relatively strong capital buffers. 

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Too big to fail? Twenty funds capture 87 per cent of investment flows in a month

Too big to fail? Twenty funds capture 87 per cent of investment flows in a month

A handful of the highest-raising investment funds are scooping the vast majority of all money invested in a month, raising concerns that large passive managers are becoming “too big to fail”. On average, 87 per cent of monthly net investment flows go toward the top twenty funds alone, according to exclusive data from EPFR. 

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ILS to help satisfy investors’ ESG appetite

ILS to help satisfy investors’ ESG appetite

By A Paris – Large institutional investors are throwing their weight behind insurance-linked securities (ILS) with considerable allocations and mandates being handed down, despite the challenges experienced in the space since 2017. The asset class, particularly catastrophe (cat) bonds, proved resilient through the Covid-19 pandemic, living up to its diversification credentials. Further, with sustainability in investors’ crosshairs, ILS which account for climate change risk are also growing in appeal.