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(From Insurance Day)
Byline: MADDI FORRESTER of Threadneedle looks at current market conditions and how they may affect the portfolio construction of insurance vehicles
AFTER the highs of the late 1990s, market conditions so far in the 21st century have been extremely volatile and investor confidence has been severely knocked. Signs of recovery are now beginning to show through in global markets, but future returns are generally viewed to be lower than those experienced in the past for some time to come. How then can insurers make the most of their investments?
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