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This chart reflects the expected annualized return of your company's risk asset portfolio and the potential downside impact to surplus, adjusted for deferred federal income taxes, from market movements in risk assets*. Surplus growth and declines are primarily driven by the return and volatility characteristics in risk assets.

This broadly reflects your company's risk asset appetite, implied by your asset allocation. Are you comfortable with the potential shock to your surplus given a 2-standard deviation (95th percentile) volatility event? If your surplus looks mostly unaffected by a 2 STD risk asset event, should you consider adding risk asset exposure in order to gain additional return?

Due to insufficient data, certain peer entities may have been excluded from this exhibit.

*Before Any Applicable Taxes

 

This chart reflects the expected annualized return of your company"s risk asset portfolio and the potential downside impact to surplus, adjusted for deferred federal income taxes, from market movements in risk assets*. Surplus growth and declines are primarily driven by the return and volatility characteristics in risk assets.

This broadly reflects your company’s risk asset appetite, implied by your asset allocation. Are you comfortable with the potential shock to your surplus given a 3-standard deviation (99.7th percentile) volatility event? If your surplus looks mostly unaffected by a 3 STD risk asset event, should you consider adding risk asset exposure in order to gain additional return?

Due to insufficient data, certain peer entities may have been excluded from this exhibit.

*Before Any Applicable Taxes

This chart broadly indicates your company's expected return to your portfolio standard deviation relative to your peers. Expected return is not a guaranteed rate of return, but rather, a forecast of the future value of the portfolio. The standard deviation reflects your portfolio's expected volatility.

Investment opportunities should always be made in conjunction with their risk characteristics. Portfolio risk can be reduced by holding combinations of assets that are diversified and less correlated.

Due to insufficient data, certain peer entities may have been excluded from this exhibit.

 

This chart indicates your company's "expected return" relative to your "risk assets". Additionally, you can compare your company's expected return to your peers.

Due to insufficient data, certain peer entities may have been excluded from this exhibit.

This chart indicates your company's fixed income exposure to BBB rated bonds relative to your peers.

Companies tend to increase BBB allocations when seeking greater investment income or future returns.

 

This chart displays what your company's average maturity is for each credit rating bucket relative to your peers within your corporate bond allocation.

This is a measurement in years for how long it takes for the price of a bond to be repaid by its internal cash flows (coupons and principal repayment at maturity). Bonds with higher maturities carry more interest rate risk and have higher price volatility. Combining more interest rate risk with a lower credit profile could also be a concern.

This chart indicates your company's allocation to corporate bonds broken down by credit rating category relative to your peers.

Corporate bonds are typically higher risk than government bonds which typically leads to higher yields. The lower an issuer's credit quality, the more costly it becomes to issue debt due to its increased chances of default.

 

This chart indicates your company's allocation to NAIC rated bonds 3 to 6 relative to your peers.

High Yield bonds carry a higher risk of default; however, these bonds pay a higher yield than investment grade bonds.

This chart indicates your company's common stock allocation relative to your peers.

Common stocks typically offer greater returns than bonds but carry higher risk of loss as well as increased return volatility. If your portfolio holds a large percentage of surplus in common stocks and stocks suffer significant losses (e.g. 2008), your surplus position could be materially impacted.

 

This chart broadly indicates your company"s allocation to "risk assets" relative to your peers. Risk assets typically consist of High Yield bonds, Common Stock, Preferred Stock, and long-term Schedule Ba investments which may include a number of other asset classes (real estate, hedge funds etc.).

Since returns are not guaranteed, an increase in your risk asset bucket over time should be yielding you an appropriate increase in return. If your company is in a lower quartile, it is important to consider if any added benefits could be gained from your portfolio adjusted for risk.

This ratio measures a company's net retained premium in relation to its surplus. This ratio measures the company's exposure to pricing errors in its current book of business. A company should demonstrate a controlled business growth with quality surplus growth from strong internal capital generation. It is also important to look at your company's operating leverage in conjunction with the risk profile of your investment portfolio. With lower operating leverage, one may be able to take on more investment risk.

 

This chart indicates the total liabilities to surplus relative to your company's peers. This measures a company's exposure to unpaid obligations, unearned premiums, and exposure to reserving errors.

Tip - Select a company w/o selecting a focus or range to default the focus and range to values used in a previous or current SPG analysis. If there is not a previous or current analysis, the range and focus will need to be selected manual.
*Required fields
Entity Name*
Risk Pool Type*
Quarter*
Asset Totals ($MM)
(Risk Assets should include high yield and all non-core fixed income)
Surplus ($MM)
Annual Fees (%)*
Net Premiums ($MM)*
Total Liabilities ($MM)*
Asset Manager(s)
Intro
Exhibit Details
Disclosures
Introduction

Compare key elements of your Government Risk Pool's investment process directly with other pools utilizing SAA's proprietary Pooling Peer Database.

SAA's database consists of 23 risk pooling clients and additional non-client pools that have supplied verified data for the provided peer analyses.

As the database continues to grow, so will the depth of your Pool's peer analysis.

To Generate Your Pool Peer Group:

  1. Enter a unique "Entity Name" that will distinguish the entity from other entities in your pool.
  2. Select "Risk Pool Type" and provide asset totals, surplus, net premiums & total liabilities in millions (e.g. enter 15.1 for $15,100,000). Fees should be entered in percent format.
  3. After populating all required fields, select "Add to Pool Peer Group & View Exhibits" and your Pool's data will be added to the comparative exhibits.
  4. To submit another entity, overwrite the "Entity Name" and complete the required fields. A drop-down will appear to let you navigate between entities.

To request a complete peer analysis (comparing asset allocation, yield/duration metrics, credit quality, etc.) or learn how SAA can help with your Pool's investment process, please contact Dan Smereck at dsmereck@saai.com.


How SAA Works with Pools >>

Portfolio Analysis

Fixed Income Portfolio Size (millions)

Applied Criteria

Search Criteria

What is Manager Select and what can you do with it?...

  • An online investment manager search tool for insurance companies containing submitted questionnaire data from asset management firms, totaling unaffiliated insurance fixed income accounts and trillion in unaffiliated fixed income assets. These questionnaires are developed & distributed by SAA and customized to reflect the needs of insurer investment portfolios.
  • Find a detailed overview of each manager, including their investment process and performance.
  • Automatically run extensive comparisons of up to 5 managers, measuring descriptive attributes and Core & Intermediate Performance.
  • Filter the displayed managers by selecting items in the search criteria drop-downs. The list of managers will automatically adjust each time a search criteria is selected. If multiple criteria are selected the list will be filtered to mangers containing all of the criteria
  • The managers drop-down can be used to indidually add mangers to a list that has already been filtered.
  • Selecting an item in the performance drop-down will result in a list sorted by the selected performance criteria.
  • Performance Interrogatories are retrieved from the PSN database or provided by the associated investment management firm.

Search Results

Tip - Select up to 5 managers for comparison

    FAQ
    Notes

    Generate an Initial List of Managers

    1. To begin a search within Manager Select, enter the desired fixed income portfolio size ($millions) in the field found at the bottom of the introductory page.

    2. After entering the desired portfolio size, a list of managers with an "average client portfolio size" nearest to the number entered will be generated. Manager Select will also calculate a standard fee based on the provided portfolio size.

    3. From here, you can begin selecting the "Search Criteria" listed on the left to begin customizing your own list of managers.


    View All Managers

    There are two ways to view all managers within the database:

    1. You can click the "Show All Managers" button found at the very top of the platform


    2. If you've already applied search criteria, click the checkbox near "Clear All."


    Filter List / Adding Search Criteria

    1. After starting an initial search, you can immediately generate your own list of managers based on selected search criteria found on the left-hand side.

    Please Note: selecting a "Search Criteria," after generating the initial list of managers by average client size, will begin a new search.

    2. When Selecting "Performance," only one performance criteria (core or intermediate) can be selected at a time. If a second performance criteria is chosen, when another is already selected, the previously selected criteria will be removed.

    When a "Performance" criteria is selected, the generated list will be sorted by the corresponding performance criteria (from highest to lowest). If no performance criteria is selected, the list will be sorted in alphabetical order.

    3. If you would like to include certain firms in your search, ensure you select the desired firms from the drop-down titled, "Managers," before selecting any other search criteria. These firms will be included in the generated list, regardless of other selected search criteria.

    Please Note: If a manager is selected after you've already selected your desired search criteria, the search will reset and all other search criteria will be removed.

    4. When Selecting Any Other Search Criteria, firms that do not meet the selected criteria will be removed from the list. As many search criteria as desired can be applied to the customized search.

    To start your search over or view the full list of managers, click "Clear All" under the "Applied Criteria" section.

    5. To Reset Your Search, or view the full list of managers, click "Clear All" under the "Applied Criteria" section.


    View Summary Profile

    1. For a summary overview for a specific manager, simply click "View Profile," on the right-hand corner.

    2. After navigating to the "Manager Profile," you can view the complete response by clicking on the header of a specific field and navigate to the section of the questionnaire that it corresponds with.


    View Full Questionnaire

    1. To view a manager's complete questionnaire, simply click "View Questionnaire," on the right-hand corner.

    2. The full questionnaire is separated into 6 sections: Background Info., AUM, Historical Record, Administration, Performance and Investment Process.

    You can navigate using the "Previous/Next" buttons or click on the section headers to display the corresponding drop-down menu.


    View a Complete Response / Navigate to Specific Question

    1. From the initial search view, you can click the header of a specific field to navigate to the corresponding response on the full questionnaire.

    2. From the "Manager Profile," you can view the complete response by clicking on the header of a specific field and navigate to the section of the questionnaire that it corresponds with.


    Why Do Certain Values Say, "Not Available" or "NA?"

    A performance value equal to “Not Available” indicates the composite data for the selected strategy and period is not readily available. “Not Available” for search result values other than performance indicate the corresponding question in the manager’s questionnaire has not been populated.


    How to Run a Comparison Between Firms

    1. To run a comparison between managers, check the box found on the bottom of each "Manager Description" section for the managers you would like to include in the analysis.

    Up to five managers can be included in a comparison analysis.

    2. Then, click the "Run Comparison" button on the top right-hand corner to generate the analysis.

    3. The generated analysis will compare both descriptive info. (i.e. investment process, # of clients, ancillary services, etc.) and performance for both Core and Intermediate Composites (if available)

    Please Note:Not Available” indicates the corresponding question in the manager’s questionnaire has not been populated. The presence of “NA” in all fields for a given composite indicates no composite data was readily available for the specified strategy.


    Can I Change the Period Length When Comparing "Performance Stats?"Calculated?

    By default, the database will compare manager performance across a 5-year period. To compare performance across 3-Year or 10-Year periods, include a corresponding performance search criteria prior to generating the comparison analysis.


    How are "# of Clients" Calculated?

    The “# of Clients Comparison” chart uses the sum of the following accounts to calculate the number of unaffiliated insurance clients:

    Unaffiliated Fixed Income AUM General Insurance

    Separate Insurance

    Insurance Company Variable

    Governmental Insurance Risk Pool Accounts


    How are "Assets Under Management" Calculated?

    The “# of Clients Comparison” chart uses the sum of the following accounts to calculate the number of unaffiliated insurance clients:

    All Affiliated Fixed Income Assets Under Management

    Unaffiliated Fixed Income Assets Under Management

    Governmental Insurance Risk Pool Assets Under Management


    Who Can Utilize Manager Select?

    Manager Select is Strategic Asset Alliance's propriety database of fixed income investment managers with insurance specialization. SAA uses Manager Select internally whenever its clients are looking to conduct a manager search.

    Aside from SAA, InsurerCIO Members that work for an insurance company that is not affiliated with an asset manager in any way are able to access Manager Select (for a limited time).

    If you are an insurer looking to access Manager Select, you can become a member and request access here.


    How Often Can InsurerCIO Members Access Manager Select?

    InsurerCIO Members can access Manager Select for a single 24-Hour Period each quarter.

    The 24-Hour Access Period will begin once you have accessed Manager Select. Your complimentary access will then expire 24 hours after you entered the database. i.e. if you enter the database at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday, you can access the database until 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

    When the new quarter begins, your 24-Hour access period will automatically reset. These "reset" dates are as follows: January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st.


    Browser Recommendation

    We have found a noticeable performance gain when viewing Manager Select in Chrome in comparison to Internet Explorer and/or Firefox.

    For any questions or assistance, please contact Eriver Eugenio at eeugenio@saai.com or 360-255-2500 ext. 102.

    SAA Solutions

    With SAA Solutions, we help insurance companies and governmental risk pools with an investment portfolio <$25MM achieve an improved investment process, at a fraction of the cost of an in-house investment professional.

    Key Benefits of SAA Solutions

    • Investment expertise from SAA’s Principals, all former Senior Investment Executives in the insurance industry.
    • Similar investment process as utilized by much larger organizations.
    • Staff time saved on a very specialized, time intensive activity.
    • We have no conflicts of interest nor vested interested in the trades you approve, as you will have access to Index Funds and ETFs from various providers.
    • SAA Solutions provides all of the following:
      • Strategic Asset Allocation Analysis
      • Investment Policy Generation
      • Quarterly Performance Reporting
      • Quarterly Review Calls
      • Quarterly Trade Execution

    What Services Do You Receive?

    1. Strategic Asset Allocation Analysis
    Advice on the current investment asset allocation and risk profiles, subject to current insurance regulations, every two years or as material business changes occur.

    2. Investment Policy Generation
    SAA will assist client in developing a policy utilizing SAA’s “Best Practices” templates, including the setting of your company's benchmark (tied to asset allocation).

    3. Performance Reporting
    Quarterly reporting of investment portfolio, based upon recommended benchmarks.

    4. Quarterly Review Call
    Review and analysis of your portfolio’s quarterly performance with the Board, Investment Committee and/or senior management via conference call.

    5. Quarterly Trade Execution
    SAA will assist with quarterly trades via your company's brokerage platform, as necessary, to re-balance portfolio if outside of policy limits.


    Helpful Resources

    Asset Allocation:

    Asset Allocation Primer:
    Review how insurers construct their investment portfolios.
    View Primer

    Fixed Income Primer:
    Review the role of investment-grade fixed income in insurance company portfolios.
    View Primer

    Risk Assets Primer:
    Review how insurers/risk pools are utilizing risk assets.
    View Primer

    Investment Policy Guidelines:

    Best Practices:
    What are the key components of an investment policy statement?
    View Primer

    SWOT Analysis:
    Common practices and concerns within an insurer or risk pool’s investment policy statement
    View Overview

    Vanguard Brokerage Platform:

    Guide: How To Buy/Sell an ETF:
    View Guide

    Active vs. Passive Investing:
    Insurers and risk pools can utilize either active or passive management for different asset classes.
    View Overview

    Performance Measurement:

    Glossary of Key Terms:
    View Glossary

    Understanding Key Reports:
    To simplify the portfolio review process, insurers and risk pools should focus on better understanding a select group of reports and analyses.
    View Overview


    Continue to InsurerCIO's Education Library >>


    Getting Started:

    1. Decide How "Risky" Your Portfolio Is
    (Asset Allocation Analysis, Step 1: Risk Appetite)

    Investing in “Risk Assets” can provide greater returns, but also greater losses. To begin, review different levels of potential investment loss and select the risk level you are most comfortable with.

    2. Test Different Portfolio Combinations
    (Asset Allocation Analysis, Step 2: Asset Allocation)

    Adjust what you are investing in and see how your portfolio’s performance might change.

    3. Update Your Investment Policy
    (Investment Policy Generation)

    An Investment Policy outlines the goals and structure of your investment portfolio, as well as the parties involved in your investment process. After selecting the preferred portfolio allocation, updated the investment policy to reflect these changes.

    4. Talk to an SAA Principal
    (Quarterly Review Call)

    SAA’s Principals will answer any initial questions you have about your changes you are thinking of making to your portfolio. After setting your asset allocation, SAA’s Principals will assist in setting up your Vanguard Brokerage Platform.

    5. Setup Your Portfolio on Vanguard’s Brokerage Platform
    (Quarterly Trade Execution)

    SAA will help you make the proper trades to implement your desired investment portfolio. SAA will also recommend trades to help your portfolio maintain its structure.

    6. Keep Tabs on Your Portfolio
    (Quarterly Performance Reporting / Review Call)

    Every quarter, SAA will provide a summary of how your portfolio has been performing through reports and conference calls. We will answer any questions you may have about your portfolio.


    1. Asset Allocation

    SAA will provide advice on the current investment asset allocation and risk profiles, subject to current insurance regulations, every two years or as material business changes occur.

    Over 90% of your company’s investment performance and returns will be determined by the allocation decision.

    SAA will review the impact of different allocations in a risk management framework by modeling various asset class combinations for clients.

    SAA uses an asset allocation approach providing detailed asset allocation strategies designed to maximize return on risk adjusted capital for any given product line.


    Contact SAA to Learn More >>

    *The information provided is meant for demonstrative purposes only. The information does not reflect or represent an actual company or entity.

    Strategic Asset Allocation - Efficient Frontier:


    *Provided for illustrative purposes only, not a recommendation.

    SAA integrates the results of efficient frontier analysis with the impact of company constraints, downside risk analysis and other variables, to develop a plan that will best achieve each client’s objectives.

    Strategic Asset Allocation - Risk Asset Impact to Surplus:


    *Provided for illustrative purposes only, not a recommendation.

    The impact of risk asset declines on company surplus levels is a key component of SAA’s strategic asset allocation analysis given the implications these declines may have on a company’s ability to continue to operate as desired.

    3. Performance Reporting

    Quarterly reporting of investment portfolio holdings and risks, based upon recommended benchmarks.

    Quarerly Reports Consist Of:

    • Market Update and Commentary
    • Return Summary for All Funds
    • Analytical Reporting Review
    • Asset Allocation vs. Targets
    • Risk Asset Exposure Relative to Company Surplus

    Contact SAA to Learn More >>

    Performance Summary - Example:

    4. Quarterly Review Call

    Once per quarter, SAA's Principals will provide a review and analysis of your portfolio’s quarterly performance via conference call.

    How are we doing? How can we do better? Where are the potential problems?

    SAA will provide answers to these questions and help improve your insurer or pool's Board members, executives and staff better understand the investment process.

    About SAA:

    • All Principals are Former Senior Investment Executives at Insurance Companies
    • We Have Worked with Pooling Organizations for 15+ Years
    • We Only Work with Insurers and Governmental Risk Pools
    • Since Inception (1994) SAA Has Worked With More Than 100 Insurers/Pools

    Contact SAA to Learn More >>

    Meet SAA's Principals:

    Alton R. Cogert, CFA, CPA, CAIA, CGMA, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cogert formed Strategic Asset Alliance in 1994.

    He has served as a technical advisor to the NAIC Invested Assets Working Group. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and former chairman of the Investment Committee of the National Alliance of Life Companies.

    He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Mr. Cogert holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

    Email: acogert@saai.com
    Phone: (360) 255-2500


    Daniel G. Smereck, Managing Director, is the primary consultant for SAA’s governmental risk pooling clients. Mr. Smereck has over 20 years of experience across investments, insurance, corporate finance, statistical analysis, and information technology.

    Prior to joining SAA in 2003, Mr. Smereck was Senior Vice President and Chief Investment/Information Officer for a large, regional medical malpractice insurer where he was responsible for treasury, asset management and information technology.

    Mr. Smereck has a BS in Managerial Finance, an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an MS in Finance from the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.

    Email: dsmereck@saai.com
    Phone: (360) 255-2500 ext. 106