Raghu Ramachandran

Head of Insurance Asset Channel
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Raghu Ramachandran is Head of Insurance Asset Channel at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). In this role, he is responsible for applying S&P DJI resources to solve problems for insurance companies. Raghu works on how indices are used to create innovative products for insurance companies, benchmarking general account portfolios and the use of ETFs by insurance companies.

Prior to joining S&P DJI, Raghu was CIO at a P&C and a Life insurance company. Prior to working at insurance companies, Raghu was an insurance portfolio manager and head of the portfolio strategy group for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Previously, Raghu also worked at Tillinghast (now Willis Towers Watson), developing stochastic modeling tools. He has extensive experience in portfolio and liquidity management, portfolio strategy, hedging, product development, and stochastic modelling.

Raghu regularly writes and speaks about investment issues related to insurance. Raghu publishes a yearly analysis of ETF usage by insurance companies. In 2019 and 2018, the paper received the “Best ETFs Paper” award from Savvy Investor, and in 2017, the paper received a “Highly Commended” award in the same category. His co-authored paper “Variable Annuity Volatility Management: An Era of Risk-Control” has been included in syllabi for two different Society of Actuaries exams.

Raghu has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin.

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On the Use of Bond ETFs by Insurance Companies

Recently, S&P Dow Jones Indices published an analysis on the use of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by U.S. insurance companies in their general accounts. This blog post provides additional details on the investments in Bond ETFs by insurance companies. The original analysis noted that of the USD 27.2 billion insurance companies invested in ETFs, companies invested Read more […]