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Rich with kids in the city?

New research from International Pensions at Allianz Global Investors shows that cities in developed countries are not the fertility traps once thought. Head of International Pensions Brigitte Miksa explains why this is just a myth from the past.

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From heavy fuels to liquefied natural gas

“We have to make it work”: Captain Rahul Khanna, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, explains why the shipping industry lagged behind others in tackling environmental problems, and how it’s handling the shift to cleaner fuels.

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“Baby boomers will contribute to growth in our asset management and life business”

Being a baby boomer himself, Jay Ralph picks up the 2014 results and explains the impact that the baby boomer generations have on the business of Allianz when they retire. Ralph is a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and responsible for asset management worldwide and insurance USA.

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Allianz Investor Relations App now available for everyone

The Allianz Investor Relations App is widening its reach. It doesn't matter if you use an iPhone, iPad or Android device: The new Allianz app can now run on any smartphone or tablet. Download it from the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

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Super Bowl: No power, no fun

American Football fans all around the globe are looking forward to this year's Super Bowl with great excitement. Two years ago, an electricity outage left the players, 74,000 spectators in the stadium, and around a billion people television viewers in the dark. Read our 3 questions 3 answers with Andreas Bemm, Senior Engineer Risk Consulting at Allianz Risk Consulting.

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Heise: "Canceling Greece's debt is not a solution"

No sooner had the election victory for the left-wing coalition Syriza been announced than the debate surrounding another debt haircut for Greece reared its head again. With a government debt ratio corresponding to 176 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), slashing debt would appear to be inevitable. Michael Heise, Chief Economist at Allianz, explains why we should view these calls for another  debt cut with a critical eye.

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New year, new job?

E-mail inboxes clogged up by applications containing endless pages of documents and attachments could soon be a thing of the past. Christian Finckh, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Allianz Group, explains in an interview how Allianz recruits online and how streamlined job applications already are.

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Change from the bottom up

The United Nations Climate Change Conference came to an end 32 hours later than originally planned. Participant Karsten Löffler, Managing Director of Allianz Climate Solutions, shares why he believes important steps were taken both in and outside of the negotiation room.

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"Diverse ways of thinking are needed"

In a short interview, Dr. Werner Zedelius, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and also responsible for HR, explains what One Day at Allianz means and why it is so important for Allianz itself.

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When a strike brings production lines to a standstill

Key supplier parts are quite literally being left stuck on Germany's train tracks. The unprecedented strike organized by German train drivers could result in production downtime in German industry. According to an estimate performed by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) in Cologne, the damage could soon rise from an amount in the single-digit millions to over EUR 100 million a day as of the fourth day of the strike. Volker Münch, expert for business interruption insurance at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), explains the extent to which such damage is covered.

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Environmental Commitment: Top Marks for Allianz

In the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Allianz reached a record high: 99 out of 100 points for Transparency, and a grade A- (on a scale of A-C) for Achievement. This makes Allianz one of the leading companies in this area. "The fact that we performed so well reflects the high level of priority that we ascribe to environmental issues and sustainability,"says Simone Ruiz-Vergote, Head of climate advisory & projects at Allianz Climate Solutions (ACS). In her interview, she explained why it was important to demonstrate more than just transparency as far as environmental projects are concerned. CDP is an international not-for-profit organization which rates companies according to their greenhouse gas emissions, their energy use, and the risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

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Climate change: Tools for investors

As one of the world's largest institutional investors, Allianz is supporting a research project designed to make climate risks measurable for investors. The project was unveiled at the annual conference of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, which have also been signed by Allianz. The project is being led by Mercer Consulting and involves institutional investors from across the globe, accounting for combined assets under management of USD 1,500 billion. An interview with Karsten Löffler, CEO, Allianz Climate Solutions.

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Key rate cut: "A hefty price to pay!"

Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it would be cutting key rates again: from 0.25 to 0.15 percent, bringing interest rates down to a new all-time low. As of today, banks will get their money from the central bank at virtually no charge. The effect that the ECB is hoping for: the financial sector will pass the cheap money on to the corporate sector and consumers in the form of loans. We spoke to Günther Thallinger, CEO of Allianz Investment Management (AIM), about the implications of this rate cut.

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Why Vote in the European Election?

Why should we vote in the European election this coming Sunday (May 25)? We asked our investment experts from a capital market point of view and discovered: there are very practical reasons for supporting the election unconditionally.

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Trust is crucial

Seven years after the start of the financial crisis: the trust of investors and consequently the trust of analysts and the media is essential. Oliver Schmidt, head of Investor Relations at Allianz SE, explains what investors specifically value now and how companies can meet these new requirements.

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Women and leadership: an insider’s view

Helen Silver of Allianz Australia explains: “Nothing is more effective in promoting women to senior levels than the commitment of the CEO.”

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The land of three genders: Men, women and mothers

Germany still has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Researcher Wiebke Rösler examined the reasons behind this and made some astounding discoveries.

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Equities: safer than expected?

In a recently published study, Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) shows that shares are safer than many people think. Even though the markets are subject to fluctuations, and short-term investments in particular can incur significant losses, shares have been shown to be a good investment opportunity for anyone wanting to increase the purchasing power of capital in the longer term. James D. Dilworth, CEO of Allianz Global Investors Europe, answers three questions.

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A dividend for climate and people

Why do we need climate protection? What role do private investors play in renewable energies? In advance of the panel discussion “Climate-friendly Investments – Structure, Drivers, Caveats” at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Maximilian Zimmerer, Allianz Board Member in charge of investments, offers answers to these questions.

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