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Ads are good, trust is better

Ads are good, trust is better
Apr 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

Ever since entering Sri Lanka in 2005, Allianz has grown constantly. A big boost came with the end of the civil war in the island nation off the coast of India. Now, in addition to benefiting from the growing prosperity there, Allianz is also trying to spread its name and strong reputation. How this works in a market, where the ad spend of the insurance industry is amongst the highest worldwide, explains Surekha Alles, CEO Allianz Sri Lanka.

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Number of the week: 50 million cars

Number of the week: 50 million cars
Apr 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz is the world’s leading auto insurer. Around 50 million cars are insured at Allianz.

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"The contract between generations is still working"

Apr 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

Brigitte Miksa, Head of International Pensions at Allianz Global Investors, explains her first impressions after the Berlin Demographic Forum and tells us why we need to change our perspective on an ageing society.

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Credit insurance II: for a global and healthy economy

Credit insurance II: for a global and healthy economy
Apr 15, 2014 | Allianz SE

In the first part of our interview with Euler Hermes CEO Wilfried Verstraete, we described how it has supported businesses for more than 100 years. In this second part, we concentrate on challenges and the global influence of credit insurance.

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Attitudes towards life are changing: 60 is the new 50

Attitudes towards life are changing: 60 is the new 50
Apr 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

Generational contract is intact though it is an additional burden for younger people / Future perspective: people in Malaysia confident, Japanese most pessimistic / Most young people state they do not have enough money to make precautions

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Credit insurance: for safe and sustainable business

Credit insurance: for safe and sustainable business
Apr 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes, a company of Allianz, has been protecting and supporting businesses for more than 100 years. Its trade credit insurance helps thousands of companies to trade with confidence, safe in the knowledge that they are protected against non-payment for goods or services. In an interview with allianz.com, Chairman of the Board of Management Wilfried Verstraete, explains how it all works.

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Women and leadership: an insider’s view

Women and leadership: an insider’s view
Apr 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

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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Readying society for the future

Readying society for the future
Apr 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Third Berlin Demography Forum focuses on political, economic, and ethical facets of demographic change / Demographic developments is also affecting the younger generation – said German Federal Minister for Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig / Allianz CEO Diekmann calls for the linking of financing needs of infrastructure with opportunities for retirement provision

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Live to be 100 years old, but how?

Live to be 100 years old, but how?
Apr 09, 2014 | Allianz SE

International forum brings together experienced and young experts / Accompanying exhibition by Population Europe allows participants to experience aging / Special suit simulates feeling of physical ageing

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Taking your calculator to Middle Earth

Taking your calculator to Middle Earth
Apr 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz claims adjusters are very pleased with "The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug" - the film hero's fight with the evil dragon produces only relatively limited damage amounting to EUR 12 million. In the first part of the fantasy trilogy, the damages amounted to over EUR 320 million.

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Renoir returns

Renoir returns
Apr 03, 2014 | Allianz SE

The end of a remarkable journey. Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “On the Shore of the Seine” is on display for the public at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) for the first time since it was stolen from there in 1951. The painting’s story involved a large cast of characters, including a famed collector, a customer at a flea market and the Allianz US subsidiary Fireman’s Fund.

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The most sustainable pension systems in the world

The most sustainable pension systems in the world
Apr 01, 2014 | Allianz SE

Top 3 in the Allianz Pension Sustainability Index: Australia, Sweden, New Zealand / Thailand is under the highest pressure to reform, followed by Brazil and Japan / More than five places upwards since the last PSI in 2011: Ireland, Luxembourg, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, the US and Greece / Dropped significantly: Croatia, France, Hong Kong, Malta, Slovenia and Taiwan

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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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The land of three genders: Men, women and mothers

The land of three genders: Men, women and mothers
Mar 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

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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Allianz focuses on growth in Latin America

Allianz focuses on growth in Latin America
Mar 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Total revenues at 2.68 billion euros reflecting positive growth / Operating profit at 141 million euros / Number of customers up 6.5 percent / Further efficiency gains due to rollout of new IT platform

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Taking Silicon Valley across the Atlantic

Taking Silicon Valley across the Atlantic
Mar 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Why isn't there a European equivalent of Twitter? Why do all of the high-profile startup deals – like Facebook's recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp – seem to happen in the US, and not on the other side of the Atlantic? A recent event at the Allianz Forum looked at how Europe can become a more attractive place for startups.

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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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“Changing people´s mindsets – even after Sochi”

“Changing people´s mindsets – even after Sochi”
Mar 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

Gold medals, failed attempts, joy and tears – often only fractions of a second determine who wins a medal at the Paralympic Games. 600 athletes from 45 countries came together for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to compete, to show their talent and to experience the most exhilarating moments of a sporting life.

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Allianz agrees to acquire Property and Casualty insurance business and distribution capacity from UnipolSai

Allianz agrees to acquire Property and Casualty insurance business and distribution capacity from UnipolSai
Mar 15, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz to acquire Property and Casualty business in Italy with premiums of 1.1 billion euros (2013) / Allianz increases its share in the profitable Italian market

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Forest protection projects compensate for Allianz CO2 emissions

Forest protection projects compensate for Allianz CO2 emissions
Mar 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz has been climate-neutral since 2012. Since 2006, Allianz has been able to reduce CO2 emissions by 37.2 percent per colleague. Reduced energy use and travel both helped improve the CO2 balance in 2013. The remaining 342,725 tons of CO2 will, for the first time, be fully offset by forest protection projects, co-developed and financed by Allianz. An interview with those responsible for these projects at Allianz.

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Allianz Sustainability Report 2013

Allianz Sustainability Report 2013
Mar 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

In Allianz’s Sustainability Report, we publish our Group’s progress in sustainable development. As an insurer and long-term investor, sustainability is a part of our daily business. Presenting our efforts helps our stakeholders understand our progress.

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Allianz study: Shipping losses decline, new risks emerge

Allianz study: Shipping losses decline, new risks emerge
Mar 13, 2014 | Allianz SE

94 large ships lost worldwide in 2013, down 20% from last year, with foundering most common cause. / Piracy focus shifts away from Somalia to new hotspots: Indonesia and West Africa. / Indonesia attacks up 700% in five years. Evolving piracy tactics present new challenges. / Mega ships, Arctic shipping and alternative fuels create new industry risks

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Michael Diekmann: Transparency and sustainability

Michael Diekmann: Transparency and sustainability
Mar 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz will be publishing its Sustainability Report on March 14. Before the report goes into print, Michael Diekmann, CEO of Allianz SE, explains how important sustainability is for Allianz in times dominated by a difficult market environment.

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Allianz Deutschland remains on course despite natural disasters and low interest rates

Allianz Deutschland CEO Markus Riess
Mar 11, 2014 | Allianz Deutschland AG

Customers received 1.2 billion euros for floods, hail and storms / Operating profit 1.6 billion euros, despite natural disasters / “Perspektive” is Allianz Leben’s most successful product launch / Modular “PrivatSchutz” meets client needs

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Allianz in Asia achieves solid results in 2013

Allianz in Asia achieves solid results in 2013
Mar 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Total revenues at 7.2 billion euros / Operating profit at 367 million euros/ Exclusive bancassurance partnership with HSBC extended / Multi-access a must for the future

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Allianz in Central and Eastern Europe with solid results in 2013

Allianz in Central and Eastern Europe with solid results in 2013
Mar 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Revenues at 3.5 billion euros / Operating profit at 252 million euros / Regulatory changes in Poland strongly impact Life/Health business / Pension Fund and Asset Management business continues to grow, reaching 9.8 billion euros total assets under management

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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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Tops: 125km/h top speed for Paralympic athletes

Tops: 125km/h top speed for Paralympic athletes
Mar 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz as International Partner of the Paralympic Movement and local partner in many countries, wishes the athletes „best of luck!“ / Explaining the winter sports: new, rights-free Allianz infographics available / „We want to contribute to making impairment a more natural part of life – in society and in the business world,“ says Werner Zedelius, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE

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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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In love, engaged, married, divorced, poor in old age?

In love, engaged, married, divorced, poor in old age?
Mar 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

Fewer marriages, more divorces and an increased life expectancy increase women's risk of facing poverty in old age / Women from older generations are particularly affected by the financial consequences of a divorce / The global financial crisis, youth unemployment and rising debt particularly affect younger generations / More knowledge about financial issues can provide protection

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A continent goes soul-searching

A continent goes soul-searching
Mar 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

Half a century after its creation, the European Union is a project not yet half completed. It will never truly live until its citizens invest it with a ‘soul.’

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Equities: safer than expected?

Equities: safer than expected?
Mar 05, 2014 | Allianz SE

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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Allianz finishes financial year 2013 with good results

Michael Diekmann:
Feb 27, 2014 | Allianz SE

Revenues up 4.1 percent to 110.8 billion euros / Operating profit grows 7.8 percent to 10.1 billion euros / Net income attributable to shareholders rises 14.6 percent to 6.0 billion euros / Solvency ratio of 182 percent / Proposed dividend of 5.30 euros per share, an increase of 18 percent / Operating profit outlook for 2014: 10.0 billion euros, plus/minus 500 million euros

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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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“The dialogue with society will be crucial for our understanding of risk.”

“The dialogue with society will be crucial for our understanding of risk.”
Feb 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz has signed the UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI). In an interview with allianz.com, Clement Booth, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, explains what this means for customers.

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Allianz insures sustainably

Allianz insures sustainably
Feb 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz signs UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) / Underwriting and risk standards across Allianz Group now incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria / Insurance can support clients to be more sustainable

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Japan: Welcome to the oldest country in the world

Japan: Welcome to the oldest country in the world
Feb 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

It is well known that Japan is the country with the highest proportion of elderly  in the world, but it was also the first society that could be described as a “super-aged”.

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Allianz and FC Bayern München: getting closer to fans and clients

Allianz and FC Bayern München: getting closer to fans and clients
Feb 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz extends its successful partnership with FC Bayern München for the long-term and becomes shareholder of the Munich football club. Joseph K. Gross, head of Group Market Management at Allianz SE, and Christian Deuringer, Brand Manager at Allianz SE, explain the background.

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A dividend for climate and people

“No more indiscriminate subsidies”
Feb 17, 2014 | Allianz SE

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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Protecting a glittering heart

Protecting a glittering heart
Feb 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, thousands of jewelry stores around the world have been buzzing. Jewelry is the number one all-time favorite gift on Valentine's Day, and hearts are the most popular jewelry item given. But the dazzle of that new diamond heart needs to be protected.

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Monetary policy: Year of the turnaround

Monetary policy: Year of the turnaround
Feb 13, 2014 | Allianz SE

Exit from extremely loose policy should take place 2014 / Rising risk of financial distortions due to expansionary monetary policy / Unlimited liquidity supply to remain in place for time being / But ECB should examine rate hike in late 2014

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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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Allianz strengthens cooperation with FC Bayern München on long-term basis

Allianz strengthens cooperation with FC Bayern München on long-term basis
Feb 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz acquires a 8.33 percent share of FC Bayern München / Stadium cooperation secured for the long term

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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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Six tips for driving safely in winter

Six tips for driving safely in winter
Feb 04, 2014 | Allianz SE

While many parts of Europe have not yet seen much snow, other parts of the world like the USA and Canada, have had their fair share of winter fun and winter dangers already. Driving in winter time can be a challenge. Experts from the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT) present their top six tips for safer winter driving.

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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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"The hackers from the 1980s are a thing of the past"

Jan 28, 2014 | Allianz SE

16 million stolen e-mail addresses and passwords in Germany, 40 million credit cards hacked in the US, 100 million in South Korea – and that is just recently. The "Allianz Risk Barometer" declares hacker attacks, IT problems and the loss of reputation as one of the big new challenges of business risks.

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Allianz places subordinated bond

Allianz places subordinated bond
Jan 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE places an undated subordinated bond with a volume of 500 million CHF

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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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Allianz commits over 400 million euros to renewables investments in 2013

Allianz commits over 400 million euros to renewables investments in 2013
Jan 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

Cottbuser See was the 9th wind park acquisition of Allianz in 2013 / The overall portfolio now contains 43 wind farms and seven solar parks

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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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Pensions: Ongoing planning, not a panacea

Pensions: Ongoing planning, not a panacea
Jan 21, 2014 | Allianz SE

Brigitte Miksa, Head of International Pensions at Allianz Asset Management, discusses the topic of retirement provision.

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Classic risks, new risks

Classic risks, new risks
Jan 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

Our infographic shows the biggest operating risks for businesses. For the second year in a row, business interruption and supply chain risks lead the Risk Barometer ranking. Nearly half (43 percent) of those surveyed consider these perils to be among the three most important for companies, although this is slightly down from the year before (46 percent). New in the Top 10: The fear of hacker attacks. This graphic can be used free of charge if the source is named.

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Risks come in packs for businesses

Risks come in packs for businesses
Jan 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

Business interruption and supply chain, natural catastrophes and fire/explosion are the principal risks that continue to occupy the attention of global companies at the start of 2014, according to the third annual Allianz Risk Barometer, which surveyed over 400 corporate insurance experts from 33 countries.

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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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Interview with a crash test dummy

Interview with a crash test dummy
Jan 08, 2014 | Allianz SE

"Idiots behind the wheel are the real road safety challenge." These are the words of "Rusty" Haight, a man who actually wrecks cars for a living.

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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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Drive safely despite holiday stress

Drive safely despite holiday stress
Dec 20, 2013 | Allianz SE

Holidays are supposed to be happy times, but we all know how stressful they can be. According to the accident researchers at the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT), driver distraction is the most underestimated risk when driving. The danger of being distracted and having an accident increases during the hectic run-up to Christmas.

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Allianz concludes IT operations service agreement with IBM for data center operation support

Allianz concludes IT operations service agreement with IBM for data center operation support
Dec 20, 2013 | Allianz Managed Operations & Services SE (AMOS)

Transformation of global IT infrastructure / Changeover to be completed by the end of 2017

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A Christmas tree for the pope

A Christmas tree for the pope
Dec 13, 2013 | Allianz SE

This year, the Christmas tree which decorates St. Peter's square in Rome comes from Bavaria. A Munich based Allianz agency insured the 1.200 kilometer long journey.

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No panacea, but a dialog

No panacea, but a dialog
Dec 12, 2013 | Allianz SE

"The drifting apart of the Middle East is unparalleled in history," Professor Yousef Meri reminded listeners on the occasion of his inaugural speech for his Allianz guest professorship at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich.

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Xaver: Three cheers for prevention!

Xaver: Three cheers for prevention!, Picture by: Jonas Rogowski | Titel: storm Xaver in Warnemünde, 2013| License: CC BY 3.0
Dec 10, 2013 | Allianz SE

Winter storms such as "Xaver" have become increasingly frequent in central Europe. most recently the region fell victim to Cyclone "Christian" at the end of October. In general, damage levels have increased in recent decades, mainly because of socio-economic factors.

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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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Impact of weather variances

Impact of weather variances
Nov 29, 2013 | Allianz SE

Sectors such as energy, retail, food, clothing, tourism, distribution, transport and construction are sensitive to minor changes in the weather. Some details on how weather affects these industries can be seen in our infografic.

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Power outages - "One second without electricity may be one second too many"

Power outages -
Nov 27, 2013 | Allianz SE

Electricity is the lifeblood of modern civilization. If there's even a brief power cut, we quickly realize just to what extent we depend on electricity. Home's no longer cozy, there's no light in the evenings and dinner has to be eaten cold. But industry depends on a continuous power supply much more than private individuals do, and even short power outages can have disastrous consequences.

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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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Cars powered by sunlight, motors that generate electricity entirely free from emissions - Querdenker Awards 2013

Cars powered by sunlight, motors that generate electricity entirely free from emissions - Querdenker Awards 2013
Nov 22, 2013 | Allianz SE

The Querdenker Awards 2013 honored, for the fourth time, Germany's most creative entrepreneurs and top managers. Helga Jung, one of the judges, and a member of the Allianz SE Board of Management, says: "Tomorrow's world belongs to today's lateral thinkers".

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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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E-driving is good and fun

E-driving is good and fun
Nov 15, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz supports the mobility solutions of tomorrow: Oliver Bäte, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, picked up one of the first BMWi3s for Allianz. Right now, already some 10 percent of the fleet are electric.

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Allianz expects interest rate recovery in the medium term

Allianz expects interest rate recovery in the medium term
Nov 14, 2013 | Allianz SE

Maximilian Zimmerer: artificially low interest rates harbor the risk of asset-price bubbles without enabling further growth impetus.

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Solvency II: Allianz welcomes agreement

Solvency II: Allianz welcomes agreement
Nov 14, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz welcomes the agreement that has been reached last night between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the Omnibus II Directive, which will update the Solvency II Directive of 2009.

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Worldwide diabetes campaign: Allianz Arena lit up in blue

Worldwide diabetes campaign: Allianz Arena lit up in blue
Nov 14, 2013 | Allianz SE

More and more cases of the illness in Germany.

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Superstorm Haiyan: Is climate change to blame?

Superstorm Haiyan: Is climate change to blame?
Nov 13, 2013 | Allianz SE

Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most violent storms to ever have raged in Southeast Asia. Millions of people have been affected. Now the media is asking whether global warming is to blame for the natural catastrophe. Dr. Markus Stowasser, a meteorologist at Allianz explains, how such a superstorm can occur, to what extent global warming is at fault and how it is affecting one of the poorest and worst insured regions in the world – the Philippines.  

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Population growth until 2033 - India and China are left behind

Population growth until 2033 - India and China are left behind
Nov 12, 2013 | Allianz SE

Employees who only work when they feel like it and engineers who replace our living room lights with luminous walls. In an interview with allianz.com, Dr Deville, organizer of the Berlin Demography Forum and Head of the Allianz representative office in Berlin, paints a picture of our world in 20 years. He also indicates which regions will soon surpass India and China in terms of population.

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Allianz continues positive development in third quarter of 2013

Dieter Wemmer: “Our products clearly remain appealing to our customers.
Nov 08, 2013 | Allianz SE

Revenues stable at 25.1 billion euros / Operating profit of 2.5 billion euros remains at high level / Net income attributable to shareholders rises 6.3 percent to 1.4 billion euros / Outlook: expected 2013 operating profit slightly above target range

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A piano lesson with Lang Lang himself

A piano lesson with Lang Lang himself
Nov 07, 2013 | Allianz SE

Who can say that they learned from the best pianist in the world? As part of the Junior Music Camp, twelve young students from seven countries had the honor of a personal piano lesson from the master Lang Lang himself and of playing music together with him.

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3i acquires Allianz Capital Partners’ stake in Scandlines

3i acquires Allianz Capital Partners’ stake in Scandlines
Nov 05, 2013 | Allianz SE

3i Group plc (“3i”), an international investor, has signed an agreement with existing co-shareholder, Allianz Capital Partners (“ACP”), the captive, alternative asset investment platform of Allianz Group, to acquire their stake in Scandlines. 3i, and funds managed by 3i, will consequently become majority shareholders.

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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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Struggle against Sandy

Struggle against Sandy
Oct 28, 2013 | Allianz SE

Northern Europe and the British islands are battling with a storm system and its aftermath. Today was the same day a year ago that the “superstorm” Sandy hit the American east coast. Bert Reinauer, Vice President and Treasurer of Reinauer Transportation, spoke with Allianz about how his company protected its people, boats and offices and kept business running while the storm swept over. Rainauer Transportation is a leader in oil and chemicals shipping and is based in Staten Island, New York, one of the regions most affected by Sandy.

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Allianz employees subscribe for hundreds of thousands of shares

 Allianz employees subscribe for hundreds of thousands of shares
Oct 25, 2013 | Allianz SE

Again in 2013, Allianz has issued employee shares.

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When Prince George becomes king, part 3

When Prince George becomes king
Oct 25, 2013 | Allianz SE

Prince George is being christened this week. What will the future look like in 65 years when he hypothetically becomes king? In our last glimpse into the crystal ball, we look at one of today's biggest question marks: climate change.

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When Prince George becomes king, part 2

When Prince George becomes king
Oct 24, 2013 | Allianz SE

Prince George, who is being christened this week, might not take the throne as King George VII until he is 65 or older. By then we probably still won't have interstellar travel or even flying cars, but the way we move from A to B in 2078 will have gone through some remarkable changes.

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When Prince George becomes king, part 1

The world when Prince George becomes king
Oct 23, 2013 | Allianz SE

The birth of little Prince George: the magic of age-old tradition of the royal family carried on into the distant future. What will that future look like? The prince who is being christened today is expected to one day follow his father on the throne as King George VII. Since longevity runs in his family, he could be 65 or older when that day comes. This world of 2078 will be very different from ours, but today we are creating that world.

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Superstorm Sandy

Photo: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com
Oct 22, 2013 | AGCS

A year ago, Hurricane Sandy caused damages in the billions of dollars. Experts say it was the third most expensive hurricane in US history. In our infographic we follow the trail of destruction back to Sandy's origins.

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"Openness and honesty are crucial"

Oct 21, 2013 | Allianz SE

The Allianz Chief Financial Officer is not just in charge of delivering the numbers. In an interview with the German financial daily “Börsen-Zeitung” in early October, Dieter Wemmer discussed the broader role of today’s CFO. He also talked about developments in Allianz’s business, its successes and the challenges it faces ahead.

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Allianz places subordinated bond

Allianz places subordinated bond
Oct 18, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE has placed an undated subordinated bond with a volume of 1.5 billion euros to international investors.

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Allianz intends redemption of undated subordinated bonds

Allianz intends redemption of undated subordinated bonds
Oct 17, 2013 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE intends to redeem the 1.5 billion euros undated subordinated bonds (ISIN: XS0187162325, German Security Code: A0AHG3) in January 2014.

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Cyclone in India

Stormy weather in Asia
Oct 17, 2013 | Allianz SE

The fall is storm season in Asia with many different storms hitting the region. Allianz.com spoke to the CEO of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, Tapan Singhel, about the recent super storm in India.

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Superstorm Sandy: lessons learned?

Superstorm Sandy: lessons learned?
Oct 16, 2013 | Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG (AGCS)

One year after Sandy, how ready are businesses in the US for another major storm like it? The risks are known, and so are the preventative measures they can take.

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Nobel Prize for Allianz Distinguished Visitor Robert J. Shiller

Nobel Prize for Allianz Distinguished Visitor Robert J. Shiller
Oct 15, 2013 | Allianz SE

The Nobel Prize for economics this year went to the Allianz Distinguished Visitor Prof. Robert J. Shiller. The American academic was a visiting professor at the American Academy in Berlin in 2012 through Allianz’s program for promoting relations between Germany and the United States.

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Allianz enters next stage of provider selection for global data center operations services

Allianz enters next stage of provider selection for global data center operations services
Oct 15, 2013 | Allianz Managed Operations & Services SE (AMOS)

Transformation of global IT infrastructure / Partnership with external provider intended / Start of exclusive contract negotiations with IBM

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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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Allianz to fund bypass in Marseille

Allianz to fund bypass in Marseille
Oct 10, 2013 | Allianz Capital Partners

With a senior debt note of 165 million euros Allianz will be funding the building of a bypass in Marseille. This investment represents Allianz’s growing appetite for infrastructure investments.

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