Sun Life's asset management arm planning first private debt acquisition

Sun Life | January 28, 2020

The asset management arm of insurance giant Sun Life Financial is planning its first middle-market private debt acquisition, according to a Reuters report. The newswire suggests that the move is part of a strategy of aiming to expand into higher-yielding investments. Randy Brown, head of insurance asset management at SLC Management, told Reuters that the firm will focus on higher-quality middle-market issuers with “strong covenant protection” and could also reallocate risk from elsewhere in its portfolio.

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Insurance businesses require scalable digital delivery models with rich analytics for greater consumer insights to tailor solutions and maintain customer loyalty. This requires a re-architecture to a business model based on interconnection and colocation with distributed control points. By following the three-step strategy in this playbook, you can locally place digital capabilities and build private exchange points adjacent to ecosystems, customers and cloud providers to scale, increase revenues and achieve greater data protection and compliance.

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