"Diverse ways of thinking are needed"
"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.

Markets Love Central-Bank Gifts
Markets Love Central-Bank Gifts

Equity markets around the world are responding enthusiastically to news of further central-bank stimulus, and understandably so. Central banks have been the markets’ best friends. Betting on their continued support has been a very profitable strategy for investors in recent years.

Dieter Wemmer elected new chairman of EcoFin committee
Dieter Wemmer elected new chairman of EcoFin committee

Dieter Wemmer, CFO of Allianz Group, has been elected chairman of the Economic & Finance (EcoFin) Committee of Insurance Europe. Insurance Europe is the insurance association of Europe and the EcoFin Committee oversees its work on regulatory, accounting and investment-related issues. It plays a vital role in shaping the European insurance industry’s response to developments in these areas.

Europe's sluggish growth is a global threat
Europe's sluggish growth is a global threat

Third-quarter economic quarter growth for the euro zone came in slightly higher than expected - enough for politicians to be tempted to proclaim that growth is back. They should resist that urge and instead do a lot more to revamp, reinvent and re-energize the bloc’s growth engines.

How do people really apply for new jobs?
How do people really apply for new jobs?

New job search and application tool now fully optimized for user behavior, ranging from desktop PCs and tablets to smartphones / Smart switch recognizes device with which candidates are accessing and automatically redirects to appropriate version / Connection to LinkedIn, Facebook and Xing allows transport of job related data to Allianz Group’s application tool

Good and bad of the strong stock recovery
Good and bad of the strong stock recovery

The stock market’s rally in the second half of October was equal parts rapid and forceful. Yet its implications are, unfortunately, far from decisive.

When a strike brings production lines to a standstill
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. 

What Europe's stress tests will and won't do
What Europe's stress tests will and won't do

Similar to efforts in the U.S. five years ago, the rigorous stress testing of banks in Europe is key to building a floor under the region’s economy and thus providing the basis for a more durable recovery. That is the good news in the recent release of data by the European Central Bank.

Infrastructure investments: “A big step in the right direction”
Infrastructure investments: “A big step in the right direction”

Claus Fintzen is a portfolio manager in Allianz Global Investors’ infrastructure debt team in London. We spoke to him about the role of private investments in public assets.