In my opinion, the bottom line is that AIG needs to reinvest its float in more accretive areas than treasuries yielding 3%.
They should be looking to move into more lucrative specialty lines of insurance, aquire smaller companies, and invest in higher-yielding instruments (many EU, Chinese, Russian corp bonds are beaten down unfairly at the current time). There has to be a booming market for insurance against cyber attacks, etc.
suggests to me that people expect Yellen will stay the course of expected interest rate hikes in September.
Interest rates hikes are very helpful to insurance companies, especially those who invest in as much government paper as AIG does. We have become so accustom to low interest rates, that it is hard to visualize a normalized environment.
The Apple iPhone has never existed in an economy with an interest rate hike. Think about that for a second.
In my humble opinion.....
global government bond rout = higher interest rates on government debt = higher return on invested float for insurance companies.
I usually don't pay much attention to Seeking Alpha articles, but this guy made a pretty compelling argument:
The charts only include the fixed income assets and the related net investment income from these specific assets (full disclosure--see the linked 10-Q and 10-K's for the company's total assets and total net investment income for each period-end). I also included short-term investments within the analysis due to the fact that the company includes the short-term investment income within the net investment income for fixed maturity securities. This is a simplistic approach to analyzing the interest rate sensitivity of AIG's asset portfolio, but it provides valuable insight into how higher rates will benefit the company's earnings for the current investment portfolio.
Based on the analysis there are a few observations that can be made:
"The current net investment income for fixed income securities has been pressured by the low rate environment, as seen by the low 3.95% for Q1 2015.
If rates were to rise and the company were able to achieve the average percentage for 2013 and 2014, based on the Q1 2015 portfolio AIG would have the potential to increase the net investment income by 4% (or ~$460 million).
If rates were to rise and the company were able to achieve the average percentage for 2006 and 2007, based on the Q1 2015 portfolio AIG would have the potential to increase the net investment income by 17% (or ~$1.9 billion).
This type of benefit to the net investment income will not be seen instantly, but instead the company will see the benefit over an extended period (as new money yields increase). The rising interest rate environment is a tremendous catalyst that will greatly impact AIG in many different ways."