Press Release - JANUARY 29, 2019

AM Best to Host Webinar on What Insurers Should Know About Four Trends Transforming Asset Management

 Lee McDonald
Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5561


At a complimentary webinar on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. (EST), experts from iShares and Greenwich Associates will discuss trends from the 2019 Annual Greenwich Institutional Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Adoption and Usage survey, as well the following four trends that will fuel future ETF growth and how these might transform insurance general account portfolios:

  • ETF investors are active investors;

  • Investors are cost-sensitive;

  • Bond-trading evolution favors ETFs for efficient market access; and

  • ·The business model for financial advice is transforming.

ETFs have grown to over $5 trillion in assets under management since the first U.S. product launched in 1993. Global investors recognize that ETFs offer cost-efficient investment exposures, along with transparency and liquidity. As of year-end 2017, insurance companies specifically have ramped up their use of ETFs in the general account by more than 25% over the most recent three-year period.

Panelists include:

  • Joshua Penzner, managing director, head of fixed income & insurance, iShares; and

  • Andrew McCollum, managing director, Greenwich Investment Management.

Register at . Attendees can submit questions during registration or by emailing The event will be streamed in video and audio formats, and playback will be available to registered viewers shortly after the event.

AM Best is a trusted source of insurance market insight and data, and the only global credit rating agency with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Best’s Credit Ratings are a recognized indicator of insurer financial strength and creditworthiness.