NU Online News Service, Nov. 23, 9:13 a.m. EST

Low investment yields and tight regulatory standards together may spell lower profits for the global insurance industry and higher prices for policyholders, a just-released Swiss Re report warns.

In its latest “sigma” report, titled “Insurance Investment in a Challenging Global Environment,” Swiss Re explores challenges facing insurance investment managers–both life and property and casualty–in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The challenges include historically low government bond yields and changes in accounting and regulatory standards, the report says.

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