Allstate Shuns Bond Market Food Fight

Insurer shifts its portfolio from longer-term bonds to hotels and toll roads.

Allstate Corp. Chief Executive Officer Thomas Wilson is cutting longer-term bonds from the insurer’s $77.7 billion fixed-income portfolio as he seeks to invest in hotels and toll roads with yields near record lows.

The largest publicly traded U.S. auto and home insurer is shifting course three years after Wilson correctly predicted that yields would fall and boost the portfolio’s value. The assets have rebounded from more than $9 billion in unrealized losses at the end of March 2009 to almost $6 billion in gains as of Sept. 30, according to regulatory filings.

Corporate Debt

Bonds will still be a majority of the insurer’s investment portfolio even as the company looks for alternatives, said Chief Investment Officer Judy Greffin. About half of Allstate’s investment portfolio was in corporate debt at the end of September, according to regulatory filings.

Superstorm Sandy

Allstate climbed 1 cent to $40.49 at 4 p.m. in New York. The stock has rallied 48 percent this year, leading the 22- company Standard & Poor’s 500 Insurance Index.

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