Explains that derivatives sellers see insurance companies, because of their representation of some of the biggest financial groups, as a prime target worldwide. Goes on to show the part played by insurance companies using derivates. States that there are only 3 areas where options, generally, can be used in the context of investment management for the insurance companies: use by individual fund managers of stock options; transformation of wholesale products into retail products; and the use of options at balance sheet level. Summarizes that large insurance companies need to fit use of equity and bond derivatives within understandable policies.
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