- November 1, 2014: Vol. 26, Number 10

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Insurance companies making the move to real assets

by Mike Consol


The multitrillion-dollar global insurance sector has joined the parade toward greater commitments to real estate and other real assets, and the industry is just getting started.

A new report commissioned by BlackRock that takes a look at insurers with more than $6.2 trillion of assets has found that the number of insurers with more than 15 percent of their portfolio in private market assets have more than quadrupled — to 26 percent from 6 percent three years ago — and is expected to nearly double again to 46 percent by 2017.

“The report was really further confirmation that the time for real estate and infrastructure has really come to the forefront in the current environment, and that real estate is really where insurance companies want to get invested,” says Simon Treacy, global CIO of BlackRock real estate.

The report was researched and written by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of BlackRock, which has $337 billion of insurance

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