DWS is a pioneer in global insurance asset management. Our commitment and expertise in the insurance market dates back to 1929 when we first established a comprehensive partnership approach to develop customized investment solutions and programs for insurers.

Global reach with regional focus

Our footprint spans geographies and client types, with investment professionals located in key insurance centers around the world. This, along with a diverse business mix, allows DWS to execute sophisticated custom solutions on a regional level with a specific insurer perspective.

Assets under management

Total DWS AuM
DWS Assets Under Management $838 billion globally
$248 billion
Total insurance-related AuM
$178 billion
Managed for general accounts
$59 billion
Unit-linked and similar insurance products
$11 billion**
Passive and ETF holdings by insurers


Source: **AUM as of June 30, 2020.

$178 billion under management in General Account assets

Source: DWS as of June 30, 2020. For illustrative purposes only.

Spectrum of investment solutions

Insurance fixed-income is at the core of our clients’ investment programs and our insurance asset management platform as well. A dedicated Insurance Fixed Income Portfolio Management team can be complemented by a broader set of investment capabilities across asset classes and risk spectrum, in both active and passive structures.

  SAA & Solvency Framework   Product Innovation
Insurance fixed-income
Multi asset
Alternatives & non core
Unit-linked & variable annuities
  • History in both core and non-core fixed-income across investment and non-investment-grade sectors
  • Insurance solutions & analytics
  • Solvency capital framework
  • Liquidity optimization
  • Real Estate Equity & Debt
  • Infrastructure Equity & Debt
  • Private Equity
  • Direct Lending
  • Listed Equity
  • Market leader in Germany for Unit-Linked life insurance products*
  • Passive and Active Products & Solutions
  • Products with controlled volatility
  • Life-cycle & hybrid products
Customized and model portfolio development  |  Co-operation in Robo Advisory (WISE) in Europe
Xtrackers ETFs & Institutional passive mandates  |  Passive “building blocks” for the four steps above
Unique ESG Engine**  |  Investment overlay and risk management  |  Responsible investment opportunities


As of June 30, 2020.
*Source: Fondspolicen Spezial, Fonds Professionell percentage of market share, 2019
**Source: DWS developed an ESG engine, which is our proprietary software that aggregates data from multiple third-party commercial providers of ESG data, as well as data from several non-governmental organizations, to arrive at various ESG solutions (e.g., assignments of ratings to investment positions and sovereigns). The ESG engine is operated by DWS GmbH, a German affiliate of DIMA, a U.S. registered investment adviser. DIMA's portfolio managers have access to ESG solutions produced by such German affiliate and may use such ESG solutions in managing client accounts. Please see Part II of the adviser's Form ADV for additional information regarding ESG issues.

Lifecycle of an insurance program — The three disciplines form a dynamic relationship

DWS insurance team members, from Solutions and Structuring, Coverage and Relationship Management, to Portfolio Management and Investment Specialists, actively collaborate to deliver insurers a cohesive and comprehensive investment experience.  While the approach can vary by region, the objective is always the same—to deliver a bespoke investment program based on an insurer’s unique risk and return preferences.

Structuring & insurance analytics


Portfolio management


Insurance coverage & relationship management

Enterprise Assessment


Portfolio Construction


Portfolio Analytics

  • Engage with insurance company to define goals including conducting appropriate analysis (SAA/ALM)
  • Accounting, regulation and capital management considerations examined
  • Industry analysis: trends and peer comparisons
  • Implement either Strategic or Tactical investment program
  • Customized Insurance Fixed Income is at the core of our allocation focus


Depth of Asset Class Capabilities


  • Ability to complement high-grade fixed-income with multi-asset solutions in an insurance context that includes non core bond asset classes, equity, alternatives, passive, alternatives, ESG and cash


Access to, and interaction with, investment management teams

  • Access to proprietary tools and systems developed to provide better analytics and understanding of an investment program considerations
  • Portfolio projections including cash flow and income

Ongoing bespoke Risk Management Reporting

  • Provide bespoke Trade Management and Risk Analytics reporting


Establish Investment Framework

  • Apply industry parameters, taking into account accounting, regulatory, and capital considerations


Quantitative Modeling



  • Utilize optimization tools and techniques to evaluate asset class selection
  • Develop Strategic Asset Allocation program
  • Integrated with Multi-Asset team for portfolio construction
DWS’s insurance asset management platform partners with insurers of all sizes and types to provide end-to-end solutions across strategic asset allocation, insurance advisory, and portfolio and product structuring.

Approach to strategic asset allocation

1. Enterprise assessment


2. Establish framework

— Comprehensive review of enterprise and operating environment
— Underwriting environment: Cycle, profit trends, competition, underwriting standards
— Capital position, allocation, efficiency
— Industry and peer research
— Collaboration with management
— Liability profile

— Define constraints and risk/ return metrics
— Primary and secondary objectives: total return/income versus volatility
— External constraints: Regulation, tax considerations, accounting, rating agencies
— Permitted asset classes: iterative process, driven by client
— RBC, BCAR implications

4. Review, revise, recommend

3. Quantitative modelling

— Iterative process to refine client objectives, constraints and recommendations
— Client feedback incorporated into optimization runs: enables a more refined and effective optimization result
— Alignment of recommendation with practical implementation constraints: includes liquidity and market timing considerations

— Flexible quantitative framework to evaluate multiple objectives and solutions
— Development of asset class assumptions: inputs to optimization models
— Quantitative portfolio optimization: in-house, proprietary models are leveraged; multiple objectives and constraints are incorporated

Insurance solutions

Solutions collaboration based on regional focus

Insurance strategy & advisory


Insurance structuring & analytics


Insurance portfolio management

— Deep understanding of the investment challenges of insurance companies
— Strategic advice on the structure of business with regard to assets and liabilities
— Expertise in regulatory environment and accounting developments
— Analysis of industry parameters, taking into account accounting, regulatory, and capital considerations
— Peer analysis
  — Bespoke quantitative modeling
— SAA with consideration of regulatory capital requirements
— LDI and ALM solutions
— Advise on hedging structures
— Product development for Unit-linked Life insurance products
— Life-cycle & retirement solutions
  — Long heritage in managing fixed-income portfolios for insurers
— Broad range of insurance customized products and individual investment strategies
— Intense partnership and dialog between our investment professionals and clients
— Various high-end tools for portfolio simulation, analysis and projections including cash flow and income
— Develop and deliver individual and customized insurance-oriented reporting

Off- and on-balance sheet solutions

Thought leadership Perspective library

Perspective library


DWS’s insurance asset management has a history of award recognition over the years across the globe.


Source: Barron’s 2019 Top Fund Families as of 2/17/20. Barron’s rankings are based on asset-weighted returns (with fees and sales charges excluded) in five Lipper categories — U.S. equity funds; world equity funds (including international and global portfolios); mixed equity funds (which invest in stocks, bonds and other securities); taxable bond funds; and tax-exempt funds. Data is provided and calculated by Lipper. Past performance is historical and does not guarantee future results.
Source: DWS International GmbH as of June 30, 2020. *DWS ranks no. 3 overall in the 2020 editions of both Insurance Investment Outsourcing Report and Insurance AUM Journal
Insurance Investment Exchange: Award recognition was based on a judging panel of leading experts from across the insurance industry that evaluated each submission on 11 key categories covering insurers, asset managers and key service providers. No fee was paid to be considered for the award, but a licensing fee was paid to use the award logo. Reactions: Award based on results from online poll asking voters to name best company across numerous categories servicing the insurance market. Online polling was comprised of Reactions magazine's subscriber universe and no fee was paid to be considered for the award. Insurance ERM and Insurance AssetRisk: Awards based on tabulated results of an independent judging panel comprised of senior insurance industry experts, from submitted entries in a variety of categories servicing the insurance market. No fee was paid to be considered for the award, but a licensing fee was paid to use the award image. Insurance Asset Management: A panel of judges evaluates submissions in a variety of categories and selects a winner from the finalists. No fee was paid to submit an entry but a licensing fee was to use the award image. Insurance Asia News: Panel of judges determine outstanding factors such as client wins, fund performance or product development, across asset classes or in different facets of asset management. No fee paid to submit.

Get in touch

Your Insurance asset management specialists

For general contact information, please visit our Contact us page under Profile

John Cassedy
Head of Insurance Coverage—Americas
Michele Gaffo
Global Head of Insurance Coverage
Bernie Ryan
Head of Business Development - Americas

*DWS ranks no. 3 overall in the 2020 editions of both Insurance Investment Outsourcing Report and Insurance AUM Journal.