EU to relax rules for insurers buying listed real estate

The European Commission is to bring in a new regulation which will free up the insurance sector to invest more heavily in listed real estate. The EC is set to amend reserve capital requirements on Saturday (8 June) for insurers investing in equities, from 39% to 22% for long-term investments.  These changes will make it easier for insurers to invest in listed real estate – which is now almost half as cheap as before by capital requirement standards. Currently, each time an insurer makes an equity investment – acquiring an ownership interest in an entity that holds property –