Insurance Companies

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are gaining traction with insurers as they discover broad applications for ETFs within their diverse investment functions. Generally speaking, ETF usage is not new for insurance companies, but the ways they are using ETFs are changing and adoption is accelerating. This increased usage is validated by the Greenwich Associates U.S. survey (2014), which reported that 45% of the insurance companies surveyed who are currently using ETFs expect to increase their allocation to ETFs over the following twelve months.1

General Account

Liquid ETF solutions for life, property and casualty, health and reinsurance general account management.

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Wrapped Insurance Products

Customized iShares ETF offerings for asset management funds and annuity management.

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Insurer Case Studies

Examples of how insurers are using ETFs

NAIC Designations for iShares ETFs

Over 70 iShares ETFs have NAIC designations, allowing for more favorable risk-based capital (RBC) treatment than ETFs reported as common stock.

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1 Source: Greenwich Associates

 

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Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments.

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