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Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 - Business Interruption and cyber-related incident, top threats for companies globally; NatCat risks return on the top risk agenda

Evolving nature of risk, and rise in cyber-related incidents, means business interruption ranks as top threat for companies globally, according to 1,900+ risk experts from 80 countries, the latest Allianz Risk Barometer shows. On the other hand, while the economic state of the global economy seems to arouse less concern, the strong wave of Nat Cat events brought by the second half of 2017 has placed once again natural catastrophes and climate change up on the risk agenda.

S&P's: Introducing compulsory cessions could support Russia's domestic reinsurance market, or undermine it

In a recently published report S&P Global Ratings said that operating conditions for Russian reinsurers have become considerably more complex over the past few years In the agency's view, the market has become more concentrated, in part because of an increase in minimal capital requirements since 2012. The Russian reinsurance market lacks internal capacity and remains heavily dependent on reinsurance protection from developed markets.


Online insurance in Europe reached more than 100 billion EUR in 2016

Online and direct channels are the fastest growing business models in both life and non-life insurance industry in Europe. The market share of the online/direct channel business was, in 2015, 8.2% of the total business, while the total gross written premiums of this channel throughout all Europe reached 99.3 billion EUR.

S&P Global: Polish motor insurers face a decade of uncertainty due to retrospective bereavement damages claims

Over 12 months, average prices for Poland's mandatory motor third-party liability (MTPL) insurance have shot up by about 47%. S&P Global Ratings attributes part of this spike in policy prices to the rising cost of bodily injury compensation claims in Poland over recent yearsPolish motor insurers have also seen fierce competition and inflation in spare parts claims, reads a study recently published by S&P Global. Courtesy to S&P's, XPRIMM readers are exclusively offered access to the study's findings.


New insurance solutions to cover evolving exposures that businesses face

The global commercial insurance market was worth about USD 720 billion in premiums in 2016. The 10 largest markets mirror the world's biggest economies, and account for 73% of global commercial premiums. They include the leading industrialised countries of the G7 group, China, Australia and South Korea. The latest sigma study "Commercial insurance: innovation to expand the scope of insurability" is about the innovative risk transfer solutions available to cover the ever-evolving range of exposures that companies face.

Bridging the protection gap in Eastern Europe

For some families living in the former industrial regions of Eastern European countries, the social welfare payments offered by the Government are the most expected moment, each and every month. They are most helpful as a survival tool but, at the same time, combined with insufficient or even sometimes inexistent state-driven programs for tackling these issues, are considered by experts as a factor against actual change in both mentalities and lives.

What is happening with the Romanian private pensions' Second Pillar?

The future of the mandatory Second Pillar pensions is among the most disputed subjects, in the last period. After the rumors saying they'll be nationalized, the last discussions show that the participants' contribution will be reduced possibly to 1% from the current 5.1%, which will have a significant impact over the future pensions.






2017 is a revolutionary year for the Russian insurance market

2017 is an anniversary year. A hundred years after a series of key events in the history of our country and in one separate segment of the Russian economy such as insurance there will be also revolutionary events, after which the insurance market, apparently, will never be the same.

Travel Insurance compensation in case of a delay or cancellation? Sense or non-sense?

Whether it's buying the best airline ticket or finding the best travel insurance, people want an easy way to understand and compare products online. But, when it comes to submitting a (flight delay compensation) claim, people will find it difficult, time-consuming and complicated. Would a legally eligible claim need to be covered under a travel insurance policy or would a traveller seek to file a complaint to the airline carrier him-/herself? Would there be a strong support for travellers, who are eligibly entitled to compensation, with customer-friendly travel insurance benefits?

Swiss Re: Disasters resulting in economic losses, almost double the level in 2015

Total economic losses and global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016 were the highest since 2012, reversing the downtrend of the previous four years, Swiss Re sigma says. Globally there were 327 disaster events in 2016, of which 191 were natural catastrophes and 136 were man-made. In total, the disasters resulted in economic losses of USD 175 billion, almost double the level in 2015. 

Global insurance industry: EUR 3.6 trillion in 2016, up 4.4% y-o-y

Initial projections by ALLIANZ Research suggest that total global premium income rose to a new record high of eur 3,650 billion last year (excluding health insurance). In a y-o-y comparison, the nominal increase - after adjustments to reflect foreign currency translation effects - comes to an estimated 4.4%.

Despite its complexities, insurers and companies can get to grips with cyber risk, Swiss Re sigma says

Cyber risk is a growing concern for businesses, with recent attacks demonstrating that the costs of a cyber breach can escalate well beyond managing the fallout of lost or corrupted data. Swiss Re's latest sigma report "Cyber: getting to grips with a complex risk", says businesses need to do much more to integrate cyber security into their risk management programmes. Initiatives to boost cyber resilience are underway.

ITALY: Preparing for a mandatory cat insurance solution for real estate properties?

Following the 2016 earthquake sequences, ANIA - the Italian insurers' association is working to a project on household insurance for catastrophic risks. According to ANIA's President, Marina Bianca FARINA, implementing a solution for a better management of the cat risks is a must for Italia and should provide for a public-private partnership.