Thursday, November 22, 2012

AAA welcomes Allianz move towards Alternative Investments

The news that Europe’s largest insurer is increasing its investment in alternatives has been welcomed by AAA.

Boston, MA, November 23, 2012 - The news that Europe’s largest insurer is increasing its investment in alternatives has been welcomed by Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

Allianz claims that its traditional investments are delivering very low yields at the moment, and it is hoping that doubling its exposure to alternatives will help to offset the effects of this.

Currently, Allianz’s investment portfolio totals some $400.8 billion, which, according to AAA, are invested almost entirely in fixed income securities, which have suffered as a result of the financial crisis, with yields falling significantly. “This has happened to a large number of traditional asset classes since the economic crisis,” explained Anthony Johnson, AAA’s analysis partner.

He added, “It’s no longer just individuals that are looking to invest more in alternatives, but institutional investors are also increasing their exposure to alternatives to try to reduce the risk in their portfolios.”

Maximilian Zimmerer, a board member at Allianz spoke to the Financial Times about the issue. He said that Allianz will continue to invest in private equity but will also aim to increase its exposure to infrastructure and real estate property loans, for example.

The move from investing in real estate directly, to investing in property loans is the result of some predictions from Allianz that this area will see the most growth in the coming years. An article on the investment strategy from, explained, ‘A lengthy period of low returns has affected insurers’ ability to generate profits on their conventional investment portfolios while meeting promises to owners of products such as life assurance policies, which often guarantee fixed returns.’

AAA is an alternatives investment advocacy group that supports ethical and non-traditional asset classes, such as forestry and impact investing. “Investing in sustainable plantations though firms like Greenwood Management can produce better returns that most traditional investment," claimed Mr Johnson.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

Worldwide Release of The Album/First Single: “We are Love” by IL Volo Written By Mark Portmann and Edgar Cortazar

Universal Music/Interscrope/Geffen & Rentor Records Release Opera Pop Superstars IL Volo and their Follow up Album

Los Angeles, CA, November 21, 2012 - IL VOLO, the musical group featuring Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone & Ignazio Boschetto, release their sophomore album and single titled “We Are Love.” This single is a first time ever English speaking song that has a multi-language chorus in French, Italian, Spanish and English languages.

Mark Portmann & Edgar Cortazar also have a second original song included on this album produced by Humberto Gatica and Tony Renisand with executive producers Ron Fair and Michele Torpedine. It's title is: BIENVENIDO NUESTRO AMOR (Welcome Our Love) and is fully in Spanish.

Both songs are part of Mark's and Edgar's Independent Publisher Catalogs.

We Are Love includes IL Volo’s soaring version of the Aerosmith/ Diane Warren hit:  “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (“Questo Amore”). IL Volo also performs a cover version of the U2 Hit:  “Beautiful Day” and also feature duets with superstars Placido Domingo and Eros Ramazzotti and features the title cut: “We Are Love” by Mark Portmann & Edgar Cortazar. 

IL Volo just finished touring as special guests on the Barbra Streisand Tour and also completed a series of US dates that followed appearances on American Idol, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, The Talk, Rachel Ray  and the final episode of the HBO hit “Entourage.”

For more information and to listen to “We Are Love”, check out IL VOLO at:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400