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Maintaining reform momentum is essential to strengthen pension systems, says OECD

The current financial and economic uncertainty, as well as the rising cost of living, may lead policy makers, regulators and supervisors to postpone reforms that could improve their pensions systems. However, delaying needed reforms would put at risk the well-being of current and future pensioners. Policy makers should continue to improve pension systems, according to a new OECD report.

EIOPA: macro and market risks are the main concern reasons for insurers

Insurers' exposures to macro and market risks are currently the main concern for the insurance sector, is the finding of EIOPA's Risk Dashboard based on Solvency II data from the second quarter of 2022. All other risk categories, such as profitability and solvency, climate as well as digitalization and cyber risks stay at medium levels.


It will be a tough year for insurers in the SME market, analysts say

Insurers may need to focus on maintaining customers, even if that does result in profit declining in the short term, as SMEs are struggling the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, which is likely to heavily impact the commercial insurance sector making renewals and keeping penetration rates up a challenge, GlobalData says.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: climate change action key to reducing disaster risk; insurers may substantially contribute

"Nothing undermines sustainable development like disasters," asserted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in hir foreword to the sixth edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 - "Our World at Risk: Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future comes at a critical time for the future of humanity."

Global average annual insured losses from extreme events in excess of USD 120 billion, new report from Verisk finds

Verisk Extreme Event Solutions released its 2022 Global Modeled Catastrophe Losses Report detailing key global financial loss metrics based on its latest suite of catastrophe models. Verisk estimates that on an annual average basis, catastrophes around the world are expected to cause about USD 123 billion in insured losses compared to an average of USD 74 billion in actual losses over the past 10 years.


Aon: August 2002 Floods - Lessons learnt after 20 years

20 years on from the devastating floods which had a large impact on Germany's and Austria's economy and became the costliest natural disaster event on record in the Czech Republic, Aon has published an analysis that is looking back on the event and how flood models have evolved to provide better risk management.

MOODY'S: Natural catastrophes and volatile markets weigh heavily on H1 results of the Big Four of the European reinsurance

The four largest European reinsurers - Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re and SCOR - reported a 47% decline in combined net profits for the first 1H 2022, reflecting high natural catastrophe (nat cat) claims and weaker investment returns. While reinsurance policies have renewed at substantially higher prices this year, claims inflation has partly offset the gains, Moody's said in its latest report. (link la download)

NatCat caused overall losses of USD 65 bn during H1, with slightly more than half of these insured

According to a natural disaster review for first half of 2022 released by global reinsure Munich Re, the period January-June 2022 saw lower natural disaster losses than in the comparative period of 2021. "Floods, earthquakes, and storms caused overall losses of some USD 65 billion compared with USD 105 billion in the loss-heavy previous year. At around USD 34 billion, insured losses were roughly in line with previous years".





ALLIANZ TRADE: Eurozone inflation: How bad can it get?

The Eurozone is facing the highest price pressures since the 1970s, a recent study released by Allianz Trade shows. Headline inflation reached 7.5% y/y in April (up from 7.4% y/y in March), with almost 60% explained by energy inflation. Europe has been hit particularly hard, given its stronger reliance on energy imports and the recent depreciation of the euro to a five-year low against the US dollar. How bad can it get?

Inflation - the number 1 global enemy

While the war in Ukraine will have minor direct consequences on the insurance industry, the indirect consequences, such as the capital markets volatility or the poorer growth prospects, will weigh more heavily, chief economists of Swiss Re, Munich RE and Allianz said in a discussion hosted by GDV.