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Global Savings and Insurance Industry Investments

The insurance business model makes it necessary to implement liability-driven investment strategies in order to achieve an adequate match in time horizon, currencies and interest rates between the liabilities assumed and the investment instruments backing them. In doing so, insurance companies support the investment process in the economy through a stable flow of resources that provides long-term financing and contributes to the stability of the financial system. Within this framework, the report provides a general assessment of the recent evolution of global savings, as well as an overview of the distribution and risk profile, according to asset type, of the investment portfolios of insurance companies in select markets in major global regions. It also includes an analysis of the investment portfolios of selected international insurance groups, including information on the credit rating of the portfolios in which they invest.