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Disingenuous and harmful

Disingenuous and harmful
Mar 25, 2014 | Allianz SE

The sensationalist propaganda campaign against Romania and Bulgaria is more than just undignified. Anyone who subscribes to it is choosing to ignore the truth: namely that the immigrants are an asset to the economy.

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AllianzGI infrastructure debt investments reach EUR 2 billion

AllianzGI infrastructure debt investments reach EUR 2 billion
Mar 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

Investment manager passes infrastructure debt investment milestone with completion of eight transactions in under a year which: Straddle seven European countries; / Encompass project bonds and structured corporate infrastructure bonds; and / Include both pre-construction and operating/post-construction projects. These investments are made and managed by AllianzGI on behalf of both Allianz Group companies and third party institutional investors

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Personalia

Personalia
Mar 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Manfred Knof (48), currently Member of the Board of Management of Allianz Deutschland AG and responsible for Operations, will become new CEO of Allianz in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East (CEEMA), effective April 1, 2014. Bruce Bowers (55), currently CEO of CEEMA, will leave Allianz Group. He will be available to Allianz as Senior Advisor.

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Allianz provides the best internet service for applicants in Europe and Asia

Allianz provides the best internet service for applicants in Europe and Asia
Mar 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Just like last year, the Allianz Group again found itself on the winner's podium in the overall potentialpark European and Asian rankings, coming first in the categories "career website" and "social media application", and taking second place in "mobile offers for candidates".

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“Leadership ambition alone isn't enough for us”

“Leadership ambition alone isn't enough for us”
Mar 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

One weekend, nine board members, 38 applicants. The original idea behind the recruiting event "NEXT" was that each member of the Allianz Deutschland Board of Management was to select a highly-qualified mentee they would install in the company's senior management in the medium term. At the end of the event, there were actually far more candidates who could be considered for possible top leadership positions. Wolfgang Brezina, Allianz Deutschland AG Board of Management member responsible for HR and one of the masterminds behind the NEXT program, gave an interview about top candidates, leadership ambition and the key role that hand-drawn organizational charts played in his own career.

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No superheroes, but strong profiles

No superheroes, but strong profiles
Feb 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

At the NEXT recruiting event during the weekend of February 22-23, 2014, Allianz Deutschland will be scouting for up-and-coming management talents. Board of Management members are volunteering as mentors and will be picking out the mentee they want to guide into top management over the next few years, out of the 38 applicants. In an interview, Dr. Alexander Vollert, member of the Board of Management of Allianz Deutschland, describes his expectations and personal experience with mentorships.

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How can you become risk-aware?

How can you become risk-aware?
Feb 13, 2014 | Allianz SE

On the Managerfragen.org platform Nicola Hengst-Gohlke asked Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, "How exactly can you become a risk-aware citizen?". In his response, Michael Diekmann explained how we learn to deal with risks in everyday life and what role insurance can play here.

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The new face of China

The new face of China
Feb 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

‘Continual change is the only constant’ has been a Chinese wisdom since ancient times. The country of China has transformed itself rapidly in the past two decades, presenting unprecedented market potential and challenges to consumers and insurers. Allianz SE Board Member Manuel Bauer, Allianz Life China CEO Chen Liang, and Allianz China General Insurance CEO Peter Nestmann share their insights on how to achieve success in this important market.

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The future of buying a car

The future of buying a car
Feb 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

Since the end of 2013, Allianz Global Automotive and Ford have been working together more closely. The European partnership strives to develop mobility concepts that include insurance, service and technology solutions. Cooperation is already in place in some countries, and will be introduced in more markets over the coming months and years.

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Tailor-made solutions for corporate pensions

Tailor-made solutions for corporate pensions
Jan 30, 2014 | Allianz SE

In January, Allianz announced the creation of Allianz Global Benefits. The new unit will coordinate employee benefit plans for international companies across countries. CEO Dirk Hellmuth discusses the reasons behind the launch and what customers can expect.

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Thousands of islands of growth: Indonesia

Thousands of islands of growth: Indonesia
Jan 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Indonesia embodies in many ways the true growth market: Stable economics and politics, steady economic expansion and a rising middle class. Allianz recognized this development already in the 1980s and has been growing its presence in the island nation ever since. Joachim Wessling, CEO and country manager of Allianz in Indonesia, tells the story.

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Launch of new unit “Allianz Global Benefits”

Launch of new unit “Allianz Global Benefits”
Jan 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

Coordinates globally the provision of employee benefit solutions / Addresses the needs of multinational companies in this area / Leverages broad experience of a trusted global insurance company / Extends existing cooperation with global broker firms

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Leadership changes at PIMCO

Leadership changes at PIMCO
Jan 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

New responsibilities for Mohamed El-Erian within Allianz Group

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Bajaj Allianz promoting women’s careers

Bajaj Allianz promoting women’s careers
Jan 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Bajaj Allianz, the Allianz subsidiary in India, has launched an all-women branch in Pune. This pioneering effort in the Indian insurance industry seeks to create a conductive work environment for their female employees and intermediaries. Recruitment of agents for the new office in particular targets the vast talent pool of women who have often found their careers interrupted for family reasons.

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Our New Year's resolution - to welcome you as a colleague!

Our New Year's resolution - to welcome you as a colleague!
Dec 27, 2013 | Allianz SE

It's always the same - new year, new resolutions. You want to do more sport, meet up with friends more often, or look for a new professional challenge. For many, these are all standard things on their own list of resolutions. With the last one, at least, we can give you concrete support - at the moment, we have over 1,200 good reasons for you to translate this resolution into reality in the new year!

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)
Dec 06, 2013 | Allianz SE

SE board member Clement Booth remembers extraordinary statesman and fellow countryman Nelson Mandela.

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Year in review 2013

Year in review 2013
Dec 04, 2013 | Allianz SE

A new stadium, exciting cultural and sports events with high-profile stars and important steps towards sustainability. Click through the photos and read about the highlights of the Allianz year 2013. Further important news will be added within the remaining weeks of the year.

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Don’t bank on a baby boom in China

Don’t bank on a baby boom in China
Dec 03, 2013 | Allianz SE

“Later, longer, fewer” – under this slogan Mao Zedong initiated a population growth target in China more than 40 years ago. It was part of a catalogue of goals set within the five-year plan, when the total population had just passed the mark of 800 million people in 1969. People should marry later, leave longer periods between pregnancies and have fewer children. Now it appears that the policy’s days are numbered.

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Allianz and Ford shape partnership to develop and offer mobility concepts

Allianz and Ford shape partnership to develop and offer mobility concepts
Dec 03, 2013 | Allianz SE

Cooperation to offer new mobility solutions for Ford clients / Joint projects between Allianz and Ford of Europe open up new opportunities for innovative products and services and benefits for the customers of both companies

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Volatile weather impacts business profits

Volatile weather impacts business profits
Nov 26, 2013 | Allianz SE

Strong links between unexpected weather patterns and company performance. / Bad weather “no longer a good excuse" for missed sales targets. / Pre-Christmas retail season one of many examples of key weather risk. / Annual costs from routine weather variance can triple those from the headline-grabbing global nat cat losses. / Growing demand in specialist products to offset losses from unexpected weather, but many businesses still unaware of options for tackling the challenge

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Europe? Just continue!

Europe? Just continue!
Nov 20, 2013 | Allianz SE

To build Europe's future we need to “mobilize the public support” Herman Van Rompuy explained at the Allianz Forum in Berlin.

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG successfully adopts new legal structure of Societas Europaea (SE)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG successfully adopts new legal structure of Societas Europaea (SE)
Nov 19, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (France) has been merged into Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG which was simultaneously converted into AGCS SE / AGCS will benefit from the simplification of its corporate structure and enhanced financial strength through capital optimization

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Allianz launches mobile online application tool

Allianz launches mobile online application tool
Oct 28, 2013 | Allianz SE

Mobile website allows access to Allianz's global job market / Online application from mobile device possible without an app

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"Reducing corruption levels the playing field for companies"

Oct 11, 2013 | Allianz SE

Corruption distorts competition. For this reason a growing group of businesses and policy makers are joining a movement to fight corruption. This Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is also supported by Allianz. David Diamond at Allianz Global Investors represents over 80 institutional investors on the EITI board. In an interview, he explains how the initiative strives to fight corruption.

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Emerging markets II: new technologies, new markets

Emerging markets II: new technologies, new markets
Oct 09, 2013 | Allianz SE

Digitalization is the key to success in emerging markets as well. Especially in countries covering huge distances like Russia, internet distribution offers new opportunities. How that works is explained by the Allianz board members Helga Jung and Manuel Bauer.

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"Setting up foundations for perpetuity"

Oct 08, 2013 | Allianz SE

Foundations have particular requirements regarding the investment of their funds. Allianz is aware of this. With 390 million euros, Allianz will, in future, be managing half of the assets of the Bayerische Landesstiftung foundation. Peter Roedern and Tobias Pross are responsible for coordinating the collaboration between the foundation and Allianz, and here they explain how they combine the competencies of the life insurer and the asset manager in order to do this.  

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Emerging markets: a shift of focus

Emerging markets: a shift of focus
Oct 07, 2013 | Allianz SE

While Asia maintains its status as a growth region, Latin America is establishing itself as a new star. In an interview, Allianz board members Helga Jung and Manuel Bauer explain.

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“The impact of a shutdown will be significant”

“The impact of a shutdown will be significant”
Oct 01, 2013 | Allianz SE

The US government is shutting down. After days of posturing, American lawmakers have been unable to agree on further funding for spending. How did this situation emerge, and what will it mean? Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, explains.


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Allianz: a successful brand

Allianz: a successful brand
Sep 30, 2013 | Allianz SE

Financial strength, a globally consistent brand and the digitally enhanced customer experience. A successful brand sums up the success of a business: In the case of global financial services provider Allianz, the brand promises its customers and other stakeholders a satisfying quality experience – whether that is a stable financial performance during the euro and financial crisis, quality products and services tailored to the needs of private and business customers or being an employer that cares about its staff.  

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Climate change: before the flood

Climate change: before the flood
Sep 27, 2013 | Allianz SE

At first glance, the results of the 5th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) appear to provide less cause for concern than expected. The report concludes that we will be spared any excessive increase in temperatures for the time being. But appearances can be deceptive. Allianz climate expert Karsten Löffler explains the overall context in an interview.


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Staying dry in the greenhouse

Staying dry in the greenhouse
Sep 26, 2013 | Allianz SE

Natural catastrophes raise the awareness for the need to reduce C02 emissions or to stop building along exposed coastlines. But the good intentions are often forgotten as soon as the flood water has receded from the premises. Clem Booth, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, speaks out about the continued need for C02 emissions trading, “green products” and changing lifestyles.

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Appointments

The following management changes will take place as of January 1, 2014.
Sep 25, 2013 | Allianz SE

The following management changes will take place as of January 1, 2014.

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Allianz moves regional office: Strong commitment to Asia and Singapore’s new financial district

Allianz moves regional office: Strong commitment to Asia and Singapore’s new financial district
Sep 19, 2013 | Allianz SE

11 Allianz entities to be housed under one roof  / Unveiling of new Allianz signage in Singapore’s skyline / Asia Pacific key growth region for Allianz Group

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5 years after Lehman - Chronicle of the crisis Part II

5 years after Lehman - Chronicle of the crisis
Sep 16, 2013 | Allianz SE

A chronology of the crisis. What were the causes and what is today’s situation like? Part II: Recession and mastering the crisis.

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5 years after Lehman - Chronicle of the crisis Part I

5 years after Lehman - Chronicle of the crisis
Sep 13, 2013 | Allianz SE

A chronology of the crisis. What were the causes and what is today’s situation like? Part I: The beginnings

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Five years after Lehman

Five years after Lehman
Sep 13, 2013 | Allianz SE

The Lehman bankruptcy five years ago marked a massive decline that changed the global economy. However, it was only the final straw.

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Shielding against hackers and digital breakdowns

Shielding against hackers and digital breakdowns
Sep 10, 2013 | Allianz SE

Lost working days when a server fails or hacker attacks can be a nightmare for any company. Reports in the media can lead to a loss of image. Aside from that these events can cause real financial damage to a company. An interview with Hartmut Mai, member of the Board of Management at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, the industrial insurer of the Allianz Group.

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Reaching for returns

Reaching for returns
Sep 09, 2013 | Allianz SE

Interest rates have been low for five years now, and few of the hopes of economic recovery have materialized. Savers and investors are the ones bearing the brunt of the situation. In an interview, Andreas Gruber, Chief Investment Officer at Allianz, shares his views on the current situation and where he thinks opportunities lie.

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Jay Ralph: "Our Two-Pillar Model is a success"

Jay Ralph:
Sep 02, 2013 | Allianz SE

What challenges does asset management face today, and how is Allianz positioned to handle them? An interview with Jay Ralph, member of the Board of Management at Allianz SE in charge of Allianz Asset Management.

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Mexico rising

Mexico rising
Aug 29, 2013 | Allianz SE

Anyone looking for sound macroeconomic figures should divert their attention from Europe and look towards Latin America. There, in the shadow of Brazil and practically unnoticed by the rest of the world, Mexico has, in the past few years, developed into a significant growth market. For some time now, the Latin American country has been an economic success story.

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Maximilian Zimmerer: "Getting off the 'low interest' drug"

Maximilian Zimmerer:
Aug 27, 2013 | Allianz SE

The artificially low interest rates are a threat to our financial well-being: They destroy savings, hinder private retirement provision and drive inflation. The only ones who profit are debtors, criticizes Maximilian Zimmerer, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE.

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Heise: “Europe must come together”

Heise: “Europe must come together”
Aug 26, 2013 | Allianz SE

If the European Union fails to get its act together, it will be condemning itself to irrelevancy, warns Michael Heise at the launch of his latest book, “Emerging from the Euro Debt Crisis”.

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A little money - a big impact

A little money - a big impact
Aug 14, 2013 | Allianz SE

There is no doubt that the birth of a child is one of the most wonderful episodes for a family. But especially in underdeveloped countries, childbirth still involves major risks. For some months now, Allianz Colombia has been offering a novel type of microinsurance to young mothers who want at least financial protection against these risks: Term Life & Maternity Insurance.

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It's all about finding the right balance - aiming for 50 percent growth

Jul 23, 2013 | Allianz SE

Fabiana Castiñeira, CEO of Allianz Argentia, talks about 25 years of Allianz in Argentina, the importance of agent-company relationships and why balanced business is so important for sustainable and profitable growth.

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Allianz designated global systemically relevant insurance group

Allianz designated global systemically relevant insurance group
Jul 19, 2013 | Allianz SE

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) designated Allianz and eight other large international insurance groups as global systemically relevant. The concrete ramifications of this are now to be determined together with the regulators. Therefore, it is too soon to give a detailed assessment of its effects.

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Helga Jung: "We will continue to expand our presence in Latin America"

Dr. Helga Jung, Member of the Allianz Board of Management
Jul 16, 2013 | Allianz SE

Latin America is booming. After decades marred by political instability and economic stagnation, the region has by and large managed to escape the global recession over the past five years. More and more people are participating in the resulting prosperity. Allianz is represented in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Helga Jung is the Allianz Board of Management member responsible for these markets.

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“Our starting position in Turkey is really good”

Solmaz Altin, CEO Allianz Turkey
Jul 12, 2013 | Allianz SE

An interview wtih Solmaz Altin who became the new CEO of Allianz Turkey on July 1. Following the approval by the regulatory and the supervisory authorities he is now also head of the Turkish P&C and life insurer of Yapı Kredi and its pensions business. He is in charge of a premium income exceeding 1.2 billion euros, administers assets of more than 2 billion euros and is responsible for more than 2,500 jobs.

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Emerging from the euro debt crisis: Making the single currency work

Emerging from the euro debt crisis: Making the single currency work
Jul 04, 2013 | Allianz SE

Economic picture in eurozone brightening up slowly / Economy set to shrink by 0.3 percent on average in 2013; but forecast growth of 1.5 percent in 2014 underscores upwards trend / ECB remains in expansionary mode / Much still needs to be done on the institutional side to ensure success of the euro

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Markus Rieß: “We want customers who recommend us to others”

Markus Rieß: „If we want to sustainably safeguard and expand our lead in the German insurance market, we need to make sure our 20 million customers are so impressed with us that they’ll recommend us to others.“
Jun 25, 2013 | Allianz Deutschland AG

Satisfaction of Allianz customers in Germany is on the rise – this is reflected by the financial figures of the insurance business. The changes made at the Allianz Group’s largest unit over the past few years are now paying off. Top management at Allianz Deutschland reported the news at this year’s Allianz Capital Markets Day in Berlin on June 25, 2013. An interview with Dr. Markus Riess, CEO of Allianz Deutschland.

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More Europe, less spending!

Michael Diekmann:
Jun 18, 2013 | Allianz SE

If we want to find our way out of the maze of debt, we need the determination to drive forward European integration and especially to be more economical, writes Michael Diekmann, CEO of Allianz SE.

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Personalia

Andrew Torrance to become new CEO of Fireman's Fund.
Jun 17, 2013 | Allianz SE

Andrew Torrance to become new CEO of Fireman's Fund and Jon Dye to replace Andrew Torrance as CEO of Allianz UK

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Michael Diekmann opens “The Future of Jobs” forum

Allianz CEO Michael Diekmann: “The subject of today’s conference could not be more timely, (…) How we tackle the job crisis in the euro zone could be decisive for the whole project of European integration.”
Jun 13, 2013 | Allianz SE

What will jobs be like in the years to come and who will be working at them? The European School of Management & Technology (ESMT), hosted its 6th annual one-day forum on June 13 to examine this issue and discuss solutions. At the event, ESMT also awarded a leadership award to Mario Draghi.

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Save the Arctic!

Save the Arctic!
Jun 03, 2013 | Allianz SE

The plundering of raw materials must stop, says Clement Booth, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE.

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"Living on credit is never sustainable"

The banking crisis merely served to highlight what is wrong with many countries in Europe. Living on credit is never a sustainable strategy.
May 29, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE CFO Dieter Wemmer in a conversation with the Swiss financial magazine "Finanz und Wirtschaft". Wemmer discusses the Allianz first quarter results, strategic developments, regulatory changes, effects on investments and the Allianz share.

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The Italian Job

George Sartorel, CEO of Allianz Italy
May 28, 2013 | Allianz Italy

The transformation of Allianz Italy in recent years is paying off. Few major insurance markets are more competitive than Italy. Nonetheless, Allianz Italy has been showing strong profitable growth lately and has become one of the country’s most dynamic insurers.

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“Access to all sources of protection”

Amer Ahmed: “Access to all sources of protection”
May 24, 2013 | Allianz Reinsurance

On May 22, 2013 another catastrophe bond sponsored by Allianz was issued. A catastrophe bond, or “cat bond” is one of many instruments insurers use to manage their risks. Amer Ahmed, CEO of Allianz Re, explains.

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The golden period is over

The golden period is over
Apr 29, 2013 | Allianz Global Investors

Investors committed to a long-term horizon enjoyed a near perfect time for two decades until the financial crisis in 2007, Elizabeth Corley, CEO of Allianz Global Investors, said recently. But there is little hope for a repetition of that golden period.

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“New growth, not more old growth”

Well-being is more than just the pursuit of goods and services.
Apr 26, 2013 | Allianz Global Investors

What is the relationship between economic growth, sustainability and well-being? This was the subject of an 850-page report released on April 15 by a German Bundestag study commission. Hans-Jörg Naumer, Global Head of Capital Markets and Thematic Research at Allianz Global Investors, talks about its findings.

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Share of women in executive positions rising further: DAX 30 companies publish second status report

Allianz Logo
Apr 22, 2013 | Allianz SE

The 30 DAX companies continue to systematically implement their voluntary commitment to increase the share of women in executive positions. Today, 22 April, the companies concerned are publishing the second status report since the initiative was launched in 2011. Despite different starting conditions in individual sectors of industry, there continues to be an upward trend.

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Beyond profits

The opportunity for India is almost limitless.
Apr 11, 2013 | Allianz Group Asia Pacific

Inspired as much by Mahatma Gandhi as by capitalist principles, the Bajaj Group is a company with a vision that goes beyond profits, says Sanjiv Bajaj, the youngest son of famed entrepreneur Rahul Bajaj.

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Parallels with the Great Depression – and big differences

Logo of the American Academy in Berlin
Apr 09, 2013 | Allianz SE

Financial crises past and present. Liaquat Ahamed, investment manager and prize-winning author, is an expert. This year’s Allianz Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin will be holding a lecture this evening at the Allianz Forum in Berlin entitled “Will the euro survive?” In advance, he gave an interview together with the event’s host Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger.

 

Watch Liaquat Ahamed's lecture today live at 6 p.m. Central European Time at our online link…

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Standard & Poor's raises Allianz' outlook to "stable"

Dieter Wemmer:
Mar 20, 2013 | Allianz SE

The rating agency Standard & Poor's has confirmed the credit rating of the German insurance group Allianz with "AA" and raised the outlook to "stable". Allianz' capitalization has recovered and provides the company a considerable financial buffer, enabling the insurer to survive difficult ongoing economic conditions more easily. This is how the rating agency backed up its decision. Dieter Wemmer in an interview with Allianz.com about the raised outlook, what it means for Allianz customers and its significance for Allianz.

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Investments in Kenya and India to offset CO2 emissions

Mar 18, 2013 | Allianz SE

For an insurance provider and asset manager like Allianz, climate change is real. Allianz has committed to a carbon reduction strategy and has for the first time fully neutralized carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions stemming from its operations in 2012. Roderick MacDonald and his team have developed the co-financing strategy for carbon projects. Karsten Löffler directs climate-related strategies. In an interview, they explain why climate change can be a business case.

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Michael Diekmann: The crisis is an opportunity

Michael Diekmann: The crisis is an opportunity
Mar 15, 2013 | Allianz SE

Today Allianz published its 12th Sustainability Report at the same time as the Group's Annual Report. In this report, the CEO of Allianz SE , Michael Diekmann, comments on the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, climate and demographic change and the prospects for sustainability in times of crisis.

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Women power at Allianz

Women power at Allianz
Mar 04, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz is committed to diversity and career development for women. The company has pledged that the percentage of women in the talent pool for top management will rise to 30 percent by 2015. Female top managers talk about their experiences.

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An exciting year for Allianz Global Investors

James Dilworth, CEO of Allianz Global Investors Europe
Feb 25, 2013 | Allianz SE

One year ago, the asset management business at Allianz was restructured into a new two-pillar setup. In an interview with allianz.com, James Dilworth, CEO of Allianz Global Investors Europe, discusses the progress of his unit and how it deals with the most important asset of all, trust.

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Allianz most attractive online employer brand in Europe

Potentialpark assesses the online employer appeal of around 690 companies across the globe every year.
Feb 15, 2013 | Allianz SE

Market research institutes: 1st place for Allianz's online employer branding activities / Allianz's employer branding is centered around high technical and content-related quality, as well as personal contact / There are plans for a "mobile recruiting process" and "job/skill matchers" for 2013

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“Almost a re-pivot”

David Ignatius, commentator at the “Washington Post” (Source: Aude, CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Feb 05, 2013 | Allianz SE

Trade, economics, politics and security: The dialogue between Europe and North America remains essential. Allianz has supported this for many years, among other things by sponsoring an Allianz Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin. David Ignatius, a commentator at the “Washington Post”, is this year’s Visitor. In an interview with alliianz.com he shares his views on Barack Obama’s foreign policy with diplomat Wolfang Ischinger, Allianz Global Head of Government Relations and chairman of the Munich Security Conference.

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Allianz Life earns repeat ranking on FORTUNE's list of 100 best companies to work for

Allianz Life earns repeat ranking on FORTUNE's list of 100 best companies to work for
Jan 21, 2013 | Allianz Life

Minneapolis-based insurer achieves accolade for second straight year .

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Year in review 2012

Dec 27, 2012 | Allianz SE

The Allianz year 2012 in keywords

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Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region

Allianz strengthens its presence in Benelux region
Dec 12, 2012 | Allianz SE

Integration of Allianz Belgium and Allianz Netherlands / Combination of complementary strengths in local markets / Expansion of market position by joint investments in services for customers and distribution partners / Robert Franssen to lead integration and to become Regional CEO Allianz Benelux

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Michael Diekmann: Europe 2022

Michael Diekmann, CEO
Dec 11, 2012 | Allianz SE

In these months policy decisions are taken in Europe under the dark shadow of the sovereign debt crisis. The short-term policy decisions need to be compatible with long-term goals. They should be guided by a clear target picture for the EU and the euro in 2022.

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Allianz presents seven pillars for the future of Europe

Allianz presents seven pillars for the future of Europe
Dec 10, 2012 | Allianz SE

Flaws in the present euro framework must be eliminated / European integration and unity must be elevated to a new level / Reforms and structural changes key to getting Europe back on track

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"Image crises can have a long term adverse effect on the value of a company"

Nov 29, 2012 | Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

"It takes twenty years to establish a good reputation - and five minutes to destroy it." In the era of social media, this statement made by investment guru Warren Buffet is truer than ever. How can companies manage their reputations - and how can an insurance company contribute? Joachim Albers from the industrial insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty provides some answers. There he is responsible for Financial Lines product development, which has recently begun offering "Reputation Protection Insurance".

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When the government has to fix everything once again

Losses from natural catastrophes
Nov 26, 2012 | Allianz SE

Natural catastrophes like hurricane Sandy are enough of an existential peril as it is. But the public sector is increasing the risk even further by making the wrong insurance commitments.

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Tom Wilson "Risk management is a culture, not a cult"

Allianz Chief Risk Officer Tom Wilson
Nov 20, 2012 | Allianz SE

For nearly 5 years, Allianz Chief Risk Officer Tom Wilson has helped Allianz navigate through the financial crisis, hurricane seasons and the growth in regulation. In an interview with allianz.com, Wilson discusses his philosophy as a risk manager, and how that forms a core function of the Allianz approach to risk.

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After the storm: major, but invisible damage

Dr. Axel Theis, CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Nov 19, 2012 | Allianz SE

Hurricane Sandy brought life in New York to a standstill. Sitting in front of our television screens, we all became witness to how vulnerable modern society is to natural catastrophes. Wall Street was submerged in water, Manhattan's subways were flooded and airports were closed. Thousands of homes and businesses were left with no electricity or heating for days on end and sustained considerable damage.

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Independent ratings help companies in their development

Helga Jung, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE
Nov 05, 2012 | Allianz SE

Allianz achieved a top ranking among the most transparent multinational companies. Transparency International ranked Allianz 10th out of the 105 top public corporations. Helga Jung, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and responsible for Legal and Compliance, and Thomas Lösler, Allianz Group Chief Compliance Officer, discuss the role of transparency and compliance for Allianz.

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Successful brand supports business

Successful brand supports business
Oct 02, 2012 | Allianz SE

To pursue a successful business strategy, companies not only need excellent products, satisfied customers and a sound financial basis, but also a reputable brand that carries value. Allianz's brand strength has just been confirmed in the renowned Interbrand ranking for 2012.

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Michael Diekmann: "The old growth story has run its course"

Michael Diekmann, CEO
Sep 28, 2012 | Allianz SE

On September 28, 2012 an interview with Allianz CEO Michael Diekmann appeared in the German business news daily "Handelsblatt". He says that the days of leverage-driven growth are gone for good. Demands on governments need to be reduced, and debts need to shrink over the next ten years.

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What's the way out of the euro zone crisis?

What's the way out of the euro zone crisis?
Sep 20, 2012 | Allianz SE

The euro crisis has painfully reminded us of the consequences of our actions. To fix the system European countries have to close ranks -- including Greece, demands Allianz chief economist Michael Heise. He is convinced the battered union will emerge stronger out of the crisis.

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World Alzheimer's Day 2012: When memories slowly start to fade

World Alzheimer's Day 2012: when memories slowly start to fade
Sep 19, 2012 | Allianz SE

Anyone can be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. More than 36 million people worldwide are already suffering from this form of dementia, for which there is still no cure. As the number of older people in our society increases, the number of people affected by the disease will also rise over the next few years: if the condition remains incurable, an estimated 115 million people will have been diagnosed by 2050, around 2.6 million of them in Germany alone.

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Allianz SE: New board responsibilities for Oliver Bäte and Dieter Wemmer as of January 2013

Oliver Bäte (left) and Dieter Wemmer (right)
Sep 13, 2012 | Allianz SE

In today’s Supervisory Board meeting of Allianz SE it was announced that Oliver Bäte and Dieter Wemmer will exchange their board responsibilities as of January 1, 2013.

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Ron Buchan: "Most insurers were not able to handle this kind of business. We were."

Allianz Worldwide Care
Aug 30, 2012 | Allianz SE

When a British company transfers a French employee from Paris to Rio, how can she be sure she and her family will get the same medical care she gets at home? Questions like these are what Allianz Worldwide Care answers on a daily basis. The unit, under the leadership of Ron Buchan, is a leading provider of health insurance services for expatriate staff of multinationals around the world. Buchan, who has built the business from the ground up, speaks in an interview about the challenges and thrills in his business.

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Change at the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE

Allianz flags
Aug 20, 2012 | Allianz SE

Christine Bosse (51) has been appointed as Member of the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE by the district court of Munich. A Danish citizen, she succeeds Gerhard Cromme (69), who was on the board for nearly 11 years as shareholder representative and has stepped down from his office as planned.

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Allianz strengthens ecological and social focus of its business

Jul 19, 2012 | Allianz SE

Allianz is set to become the first company in the world to establish a committee at board level tasked with ensuring that ecological and social issues are taken into account in decisions made throughout the organization. The committee's members will be Allianz SE board members Clement Booth, Maximilian Zimmerer and Jay Ralph. Chairman of the committee, Jay Ralph, explains in an interview why sustainable management is so important to Allianz.

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"We support the move to alternative energy sources by providing cover"

Michael Dieckmann, CEO
Jul 19, 2012 | Allianz Deutschland AG

Many Allianz customers are clearly environmentally conscious: as homeowners they install solar panels on their roofs, supplying electricity to the public grids. In this interview Susanne Schiller from Allianz Deutschland speaks about insurance solutions for photovoltaic systems, highlighting what private customers need to be aware of when seeking insurance cover.

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"I think it would be smarter to continue to follow the European route"

Jul 08, 2012 | Allianz SE

In an interview with the German weekly newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" which appears on July 8, Allianz CEO Michael Diekmann discusses the current situation and future of Europe. The interview is republished here with the newspaper's permission.

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"There is a visible entrepreneurial spirit in Russia"

Jun 28, 2012 | Allianz SE

With an expected growth rate of 3.7 percent in 2012, Russia represents one of the fastest growing economies in the Central and Eastern Europe region. However, the insurance penetration remains fairly low. That makes this market quite promising. Hakan Danielsson, CEO of IC Allianz (Russia) talked with allianz.com about the advantages of the Russian insurance system and the Russian "entrepreneurial spirit".

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David Jones: "A very interesting asset"

Jun 25, 2012 | Allianz SE

Renewable energies are playing a more and more important part in the investment strategy of Allianz. The shift in energy generation is driving growth in this sector, but today's low interest rate environment is also making wind and solar farms a more attractive alternative asset for Allianz. David Jones and his team manage the Allianz renewables portfolio. In an interview, Jones discusses strategy and opportunities in this market.

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Allianz position on Greek elections

Jun 18, 2012 | Allianz Group

The election results in Greece encourage hopes for a stable government that will continue on the path of reform.

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"We are not a bank - which is good."

Jun 14, 2012 | Allianz Group

Companies raise capital through various means: new shares, loans or bonds. Investors have provided around 20 billion euros to Allianz just in the form of bonds. The team under Stephan Theissing places these bonds in the capital markets and manages them. In an interview with allianz.com, he talks about Allianz strategy and the current market for corporate debt.

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Becoming Allianz Colombia

May 31, 2012 | Allianz Group

Allianz has been present with a local entity in Colombia since 1999. At that time, Allianz bought Colseguros, an insurance company with over 100 years tradition in Colombia. Now the company is rebranding to become Allianz Colombia. We have asked Helga Jung, Allianz SE board member responsible for Hispanic countries and Latin America about the background to this transformation.

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The creative power of crisis

May 29, 2012 | Allianz Global Investors

Every period of economic growth has its genesis in a period of crisis, according to Russian economist Nikolai Kondratieff. Hans-Jörg Naumer, Head of Capital Market Analysis at Allianz Global Investors, explains what the next growth cycle will look like.

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How little a million dollars will buy

May 23, 2012 | Allianz Group

Don't be fooled by the illusion of wealth, warns Shlomo Benartzi, co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at The Anderson School at UCLA. When it comes to your pension plan, you almost certainly need to save more says Benartzi, the Chief Behavioral Economist at the Allianz Global Investors Center for Behavioral Finance.

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New Supervisory Board of Allianz SE established

May 09, 2012 | Allianz SE

The annual general meeting of Allianz SE has elected a new supervisory board today.

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Change of perspective: Employees learn in the dark and in silence

Apr 17, 2012 | Allianz Gruppe

Allianz adopts unusual training methods for HR development: managers and their staff participate in training programs in the dark or in silence. Allianz has established a unique training facility, the Dialogue Training Center, where participants experience in total darkness or silence how cooperation in a project can be really successful. This year the Dialogue Training Center is celebrating its third anniversary. In the following interview, Angelika Antz-Hieber, Head of the Dialogue Training Center, speaks about these unusual training methods.

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"The sea is always thinking up something new"

Mar 26, 2012 | Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

A century after the most famous shipwreck in history, the Costa Concordia accident has again put shipping safety in the public eye. In a joint study with the Seafarers International Research Centre of Cardiff University, the Allianz marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) looks at shipping safety and risks from 1912 to 2012.

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Allianz raises its target for reducing emissions and will be carbon-neutral from 2012

Mar 23, 2012 | Allianz SE

Allianz Sustainability Report published concurrently with Annual Report for the first time / Report's environmental data verified by independent auditor / Overview of 2011 milestones in sustainability

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"A solar storm like the one from 1859 would be a mega-disaster"

Mar 19, 2012 | Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

Turbulent times. The sun follows different rhythms, with calm and active phases alternating every 11 years. From now until the end of 2013 we will be in a highly active phase, with the likelihood of solar storms increasing significantly. A solar storm releases high-energy plasma particles which, in a worst case scenario, could have the explosive force of more than two billion hydrogen bombs. What's headed our way?

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