Editorial 2Q2019

Dear colleagues,

We are extremely fortunate to spotlight Eric Kirsch, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Investment Officer; President, Aflac Global Investments, as this Journal interviewee. Eric is one of the most well-regarded CIOs in the world, and he has some interesting insights to share – not only on markets, but on team building and career advice for entry-level college students, as well. He was more than generous with his time, and we hope you enjoy his interview as much as we did.

In addition to some outstanding articles, we are humbled to include two distinguished bodies of work in The Special Reports section of this edition. First, thank you to David Holmes for once again allowing us to highlight his outstanding work, Insurance Investment Outsourcing Report – League Tables 2019, summarizing outsourcing activity for the 2018 calendar year. As most of you know, David painstakingly compiles this information through manager surveys, conversations and other hands-on methods. Because it is not yet available anywhere else, we are fortunate to include it in this edition. We are also thankful to Raghu Ramachandran for providing an excerpt from his incredible work, S&P Dow Jones Indicies Insurance Research Report – ETFs In Insurance General Accounts. This updated version of his 2018 award-winning ‘best paper’ demonstrates Raghu’s extensive knowledge on how insurers are increasing their allocations to ETFs. Both bodies of work are industry-wide and best-in-class.

View The Special Reports in their entirety at:

Insurance Investment Outsourcing Report – League Tables 2019
https://assetoutsourcingexchange.com/exchange/home/research

S&P Dow Jones Indicies Insurance Research Report – ETFs In Insurance General Accounts
www.spdji.com/indexology/fixed-income/etfs-in-insurance-general-accounts-2019

Each quarter, we work hard to put the best thought leadership available, directly into your hands, in a straight-forward way. Because we are insurance investment professionals like you, we look for articles that suit the unique characteristics of our industry, providing a diverse set of topics and asset classes in each edition. Our contributors are at the top of their field, producing best-quality work. But, we would love your feedback, too. What would you like to see in upcoming Journals? Let’s work together to make every edition better than the last. Send your comments or requests to: editor@insuranceaum.com

Lastly, thank you very much for your kind words and the warm reception we have received industry-wide. We hope you enjoy this issue, as it wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding work of our contributors, our entire team and you – our readers.

Best regards,

Stewart