Survey Shows Insurers with $13 Trillion Ready for Risk

Insurance executives responsible for investing plan to take on more risk.
April 28, 2021

A survey from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. found that insurance executives responsible for investing more than $13 trillion in assets worldwide plan to take on more risk. Of 286 chief investment officers and chief financial officers polled, 34 percent said they plan to increase portfolio risk, compared with 8 percent planning a decrease.

“This survey really took a significant turn toward risk-on,” said Goldman Sachs’ Mike Siegel. That appetite spanned industries and risk types, he added, noting that “investors continue to prioritize return-enhancing assets — private equity, middle-market corporate loans, infrastructure debt, collateralized loan obligations, and emerging-market debt.” The survey also found 55 percent included private equity among a list of three classes expected to deliver the highest total returns in the next year. Emerging-markets equities and U.S. equities rounded out the list of expected high performers.

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