2019 BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL

LIFE & ANNUITY CONFERENCE                                            

 
 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Morning Keynote
Civil Politics
James Carville and Mary Matalin

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James Carville and Mary Matalin are not only proof that politics makes strange bedfellows, but that opposites do in fact attract. She’s a conservative, he’s a liberal; she’s from the heartland, he’s from the Deep South; she speaks English, he does not;

 

They began officially dating in January of 1991. That following December, in the same week she was named Director of President George Bush’s 1992 re-election campaign, he was named chief strategist for the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign. Although they both swear they never planned to see each other during that election year, somehow there were enough chance meetings that they ended up getting married on Thanksgiving Day in 1993.

 

Since their marriage, Mary has served as an assistant to President George W. Bush and as counselor to Vice President Cheney. James has gone on to manage more political campaigns worldwide than anyone in U.S. history. She was a founding co-host of the TV show Equal Time, and hosted CNN’s critically acclaimed TV debate show, Crossfire. He has also hosted Crossfire. She is the author of the national bestseller, Letters to my Daughters. He has written six New York Times best sellers including his latest, We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong.

 

Individually, each is a champion of their party’s convictions and renowned for their extraordinary intelligence and uncanny political insights. Together they wrote one of the nation’s best-selling political memoirs, All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President, and collaborated again on their newest memoir: Love and War: Twenty Years, 3 Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. And together they are proof that a liberal and conservative can, in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, produce two lovely daughters.

 

 

 

Afternoon Keynote
Demographics and Real Interest Rates

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Andrea Ferrero is a Professor of Economics and the Levine Fellow in Economics at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He is a CEPR Research Fellow in the International Macroeconomics and Finance and Monetary Economics groups.

 

Professor Ferrero holds a BA in Economics from Bocconi University, an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and a Phd in Economics from New York University.

 

Before joining Oxford in September 2013, Andrea spent seven years in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, first as an Economist and then as a Senior Economist. He was a visiting scholar at NYU Stern in the Winter/Spring of 2012 and at EIEF Rome in the spring of 2016. He also held visiting teaching positions at NYU, IMT Lucca, IHS Vienna, and the LSE.

 

He is currently an academic consultant for the Bank of England, and spent research visits at the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank.

 

His research interests are in the areas of Monetary Economics and International Macroeconomics. Among other topics, he has worked on policy options in a currency union, the determinants and implications of global imbalances, and the macroeconomic impact of the Fed unconventional policies. His research has appeared in top professional outlets, including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

 

His current research focuses on the determinants of low real interest rates, on the international transmission of credit shocks, and on the interaction between monetary policy and macro-prudential policy.

 

 

WELCOME RECEPTION
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Hamilton Princess Marina

Hotel Princess MarinaSponsor: Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) Ltd.

Join us for a networking reception at the Hamilton Princess Marina. Enjoy the breath-taking views of Hamilton Harbour at sunset accompanied by the soothing sounds of a local steel pan musician. For guests staying at Fairmont Southampton, enjoy the quick boat shuttle service provided to and from the reception.

 

Boat Shuttle Times:

Fairmont Southampton Hotel

4:45 pm Boat will depart from Waterlot Dock
7:30 pm Boat will return to Waterlot Dock

Please arrive early for departure times as boat will leave on schedule.

 

 

AGENDA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

8:00-9:00am

Breakfast & Conference Registration

Sponsors: RGAX

 

 

9:00-10:30am

Civil Politics

The deepening political divide in America and Europe has an impact on government policy, economics and trade, and our communities. James Carville and Mary Matalin, the world-renowned husband and wife team of political strategists, will cover a wide range of political topics in a moderated discussion from opposite sides of the political aisle, including fresh insights on the upcoming presidential election in 2020, improving political dialog, and closing the ideological divide.

Moderator: Frank L. Gillis (Chip), Athene Life Re

Panel: James Carville and Mary Matalin

 

 

10:30-11:00am

Networking Break

Sponsor: EY

 

 

11:00-12:00pm

A View from Above

Many of us dream of becoming the CEO of a major insurance or reinsurance company. Attend this CEO session to hear firsthand the challenges and rewards of running a company. Gain insights into how CEOs look at the life and non-life businesses - the benefits, such as diversification and leveraging returns; and the risks, such as distractions and the battle for capital. These industry leaders will share what propelled them to the top as well as their biggest mistakes. Attendees will leave with a new perspective of what it is like to be a CEO.

Moderator: Ronald L. Klein, BILTIR

 

 

12:00-1:30pm

Lunch

Sponsor: Marsh Bermuda

 

 

1:30-2:30pm

Portfolio Optimization: Collaboration Between Portfolio Manager and Actuary

There are a variety of approaches to asset liability matching (ALM) being employed throughout the long-term (Life) industry. This session will explore how portfolio managers work with actuaries to construct and optimize portfolios to support product liabilities. Trade-offs between matching cash flows, key rate duration and overall duration will be examined, as well as yield, duration, default, liquidity and convexity considerations.

Speakers: Christopher N. Lech and Mark Yu, New England Asset Management

 

 

2:30-3:30pm

Demographics and Real Interest Rates

Real interest rates have been trending down for more than two decades across many countries, suggesting that their key drivers go beyond just the accommodative monetary policy implemented by central banks in response to the 2008 financial crisis. In this session, Andrea Ferrero will argue that population demographics is one of these factors keeping rates below historical norms, by illustrating the impact of this extraordinary force on real interest rates using a tractable life-cycle model.

Speaker: Andrea Ferrero, University of Oxford

 

 

3:30-4:00pm

Networking Break

Sponsor: EY

 

 

4:00-5:00pm

US GAAP Long Duration Targeted Improvements

In August 2018, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-12, which revises key elements of the measurement models and disclosure requirements for long-duration contracts issued by insurers and reinsurers. It is the biggest change in US GAAP reporting life insurers in the past 40 years, and it is expected to have a large impact on life, annuity and A&H carriers both financially and operationally. In the presentation from PwC, you will hear about the summary of the changes, financial and operational implications, reactions from the industry as well as recommendations on how Bermuda companies should approach implementations.

Speakers: Quintin Li and Ailen Okharedia, PwC 

 

 

5:00-6:00pm

Networking Reception: The Fairmont Beach Terrace

Join us for a networking reception overlooking the extraordinary crystal blue waters and pink sand of The Fairmont’s private beach. The reception will be a great opportunity to meet with your peers and expand your contacts throughout Bermuda’s long-term insurance and reinsurance sector.

Sponsor: Athene Life Re Ltd.

 

 

Wi-Fi and AV Sponsor:  PwC

 

 

BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL LONG TERM INSURERS AND REINSURERS

Welcome to 2019 Bermuda International Life and Annuity Conference sponsored by Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers.

 

This is the only industry event uniquely focused on the long-term insurance industry in Bermuda. Apart from the many excellent networking opportunities, the event features leading industry experts and stimulating panel discussions. The conference will provide you with insight on the latest trends and issues facing the industry and your company.

 
 

About Us

Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers (BILTIR) was created to serve as a formal association representing the long-term insurers and reinsurers in Bermuda.

 

The primary focus of BILTIR is to act as an advocate for Bermuda’s life and annuity industry for public policy that supports the industry marketplace, including regulatory requirements, other Bermuda Monetary Authority or Bermuda government issues, and tax matters with various jurisdictions. BILTIR strives to provide a consistent and coherent voice for concerns of the long-term (re)insurance sector in Bermuda.

HOTEL INFORMATION

The Fairmont Southampton

http://www.fairmont.com/southampton-bermuda/

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Guest Rooms Rates $249
(ROOMS MUST BE BOOKED BY AUGUST 25, 2019 TO RECEIVE CONFERENCE RATE)

Room Reservations

https://book.passkey.com/go/biltirconference2019


Tel:  866 540 4497


Maps & Directions

101 South Shore Road

Southampton, Bermuda SN02