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Global Insurers Favor Private Equity Investments

Thirty-two percent of insurers plan to maintain or increase their investments in private equity in the next 12 months to boost returns, a survey of 300 executives overseeing more than $10 trillion in insurance assets showed on Tuesday.

Insurers have made more adventurous asset choices in recent years as low interest rates have slowed returns on their traditional government bond investments.

Private equity was the favored asset allocation choice followed by infrastructure debt and commercial mortgage loans, according to the Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) survey of insurers representing over one third of global insurance assets.

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