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“Business is strong, it is a good time to leave”

“Business is strong, it is a good time to leave”
Apr 01, 2015 | Allianz SE

“I could imagine becoming an unofficial quality control manager of South African red wine after my retirement”, says Ron Buchan, CEO of Allianz Worldwide Care (AWC) in Ireland with a smile on his face. After 40 years of working life Ron will retire  with almost 16 years spent at Allianz. In Allianz Worldwide Care, the international health division of Allianz Worldwide Partners, Ron and his team have built one of the most successful insurance providers of international health, life and disability solutions. Ron tells us about the most emotional moment in his career, why now is the right time to retire and what he will not miss after having retired.

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Women in leadership at Allianz

Women in leadership at Allianz
Apr 01, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz is committed to diversity and career development for women. The company has set itself the target to increase the percentage of women in its global talent pools for top management positions to 30 percent until year-end 2015. In the following interviews female top managers of Allianz Group share their personal insights.

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Allianz places subordinated bond

Allianz SE has placed an subordinated bond with a volume of 1.5 billion euros to institutional investors in Europe.
Mar 31, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE has placed an subordinated bond with a volume of 1.5 billion euros to institutional investors in Europe.

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More than every third euro earns almost no interest

More than every third euro earns almost no interest
Mar 30, 2015 | Allianz SE

40 per cent of all financial assets in Germany are deposited in bank accounts, even though the European Central Bank recently announced that it would continue with its low interest rate policy. Read more in our find of the week.

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Age ain’t nothing but a number?

Age ain’t nothing but a number?
Mar 27, 2015 | Allianz SE

Healthy, motivated, consumerist: active senior citizens advance societies. That's how you could summarize the discussions at this year’s Berlin Demography Forum. Three experts talk about what the age factor means for modern societies.

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Shipping losses lowest for 10 years but mega-ships and cyber-attacks pose new threats for maritime sector

Shipping losses lowest for 10 years but mega-ships and cyber-attacks pose new threats for maritime sector
Mar 24, 2015 | Allianz SE

75 large ships lost worldwide in 2014, down by a third year-on-year / South China and South East Asian waters top loss hotspots / Increasing size of container ships and floating offshore facilities could cause larger losses exceeding $1 billion / Cyber risks a growing concern in shipping sector, particularly around e-navigation / Crewing levels, Arctic shipping, the increase in human trafficking by sea and further geopolitical uncertainty create new industry risks

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"We view speculation in the art market with caution"

Mar 19, 2015 | Allianz SE

The world's largest art and antiques trade fair TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) is taking place in Maastricht from March 13 to 22, 2015. As one of the leading art insurers, a number of Allianz experts will be in attendance, along with collectors and renowned gallery owners. Oliver Class from Zurich, art expert at Allianz Suisse, will be among them.

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Healthy, motivated, consumerist: active senior citizens advance societies

Healthy, motivated, consumerist: active senior citizens advance societies
Mar 18, 2015 | Allianz SE

The surprising results of the "Demography-Compass", presented for the first time at the Berlin Demography-Forum (BDF) / 300 international experts from the fields of politics, business, and academia gather at the BDF to discuss the "activity, health, participation" of older people / Among the participants: German Minister for the Interior Dr. Thomas de Maizière and Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe

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A green celebration

A green celebration
Mar 16, 2015 | Allianz SE

Over 120 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be lit up in green on March 17 to celebrate the Irish St. Patrick’s Day. For the third time, the Allianz Arena will be ‘greened’ again, too. Even within Allianz not many know that this is thanks to an initiative by Sinéad Browne, Irish, Board Member and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in Munich.

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Sustainability Report 2014: the journey continues

With the publication of our 14th Sustainability Report, we are presenting our Group’s progress in sustainable development.
Mar 13, 2015 | Allianz SE

With the publication of our 14th Sustainability Report, we are presenting our Group’s progress in sustainable development. As an insurer and long-term investor, sustainability is an inherent part of our business. Our Report helps our stakeholders understand our approach.

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"Most of the pressure comes from me!"

Mar 11, 2015 | Allianz SE

Anna Schaffelhuber came away from the Paralympic Alpine Ski World Cup in Panorama, Canada with a total of five medals, two of which were gold. In an interview with Allianz.com, she talks about high expectations before big competitions, her favorite ski resort, and how she handles her responsibilities as a role model.

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Microinsurance - effective protection against poverty?

Microinsurance - effective protection against poverty?
Mar 06, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz offers low-income families insurance that specifically caters to their needs. 45 million people in eleven countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America are already covered by Allianz microinsurance. A current study by the name of MILK has examined two types of microinsurance, with considerably varied results. What conclusions has Allianz drawn from these findings? The two Allianz project managers for Burkina Faso and Indonesia explain their perspectives.

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7 products to protect the environment

7 products to protect the environment
Mar 05, 2015 | Allianz SE

Currently you can help protect the environment with more than 150 green solutions covering all of our business segments, including insurance and investment products and services. You will find 7 of them in our interactive graphic.

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Oil price collapse: Winners, losers and adverse side effects

 Oil price collapse: Winners, losers and adverse side effects
Mar 05, 2015 | Allianz SE

As a result of oil gained by fracking, the United States has become a global swing producer, along with the likes of Saudi Arabia. This means that the sheer quantity of oil that the US sells has a considerable impact on pricing. As a consequence, oil prices have fallen 40 percent since summer 2014. Michael Heise, Chief Economist of Allianz, explains who profits from low oil prices, who suffers as a consequence, and where they pose a danger to the global economy.

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

“Baby boomers will contribute to growth in our asset management and life business”
Mar 03, 2015 | Allianz SE

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

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Record number of vehicle recalls

Record number of vehicle recalls
Mar 03, 2015 | Allianz SE

Worldwide recall rates of automobiles have reached a new high. The US market is reporting alarming figures.

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Change of personnel

Change of personnel
Mar 02, 2015 | Allianz SE

Sabia Schwarzer (45) will take over as Head of Group Communications for the Allianz Group on November 1, 2015. Schwarzer, of German-Indian descent and formerly a journalist for Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, joined Allianz in 1996 as Regional Head of Communications and Marketing for Asia-Pacific. From the regional headquarters in Singapore she set up and developed the communications and marketing department. In 2000 she was appointed Head of Communications and Marketing for the Group in North America (Nafta). She is married and has three children.

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Allianz raises target for real asset based financing to 110 billion euros

Maximilian Zimmerer: “Our customers benefit from attractive returns.”
Feb 26, 2015 | Allianz SE

Target previously at 80 billion euros / Maximilian Zimmerer: “Our customers benefit from attractive returns.”

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Allianz continues to grow in revenues and profits

Michael Diekmann:
Feb 26, 2015 | Allianz SE

Revenues up 10.4 percent to 122.25 billion euros / Operating profit grows 3.3 percent to 10.40 billion euros / Net income attributable to shareholders rises 3.8 percent to 6.22 billion euros / New dividend policy leads to proposed dividend of 6.85 euros per share / Operating profit outlook for 2015: 10.4 billion euros, plus/minus 400 million euros

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KulturAllianzen: a special campaign for disadvantaged young people

KulturAllianzen: a special campaign for disadvantaged young people
Feb 25, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz is celebrating its 125th anniversary by helping others. Allianz employees can submit their own ideas on how to help disadvantaged young people. Michael M. Thoss, head of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, tells us what KulturAllianzen could look like, and how to promote a campaign.

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Lights out for the Carnival of Brazil?

Lights out for the Carnival of Brazil? (Peter Molnar / Shutterstock.com)
Feb 12, 2015 | Allianz SE

It’s the world’s biggest party.  Up to one million tourists and four million local residents will dance the samba on the streets of Brazil. Toilets have always been the biggest logistical problem. But this year, Brazil is facing a formidable challenge: drought and water shortages. No water in Brazil means no power thus no show. Carnival festivities have already been canceled in some localities. Even in São Paulo, officials are discussing the possibility of turning off the music and the lights. It could be a much quieter Carnival than usual.

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Collecting debts the easy way

Collecting debts the easy way
Feb 06, 2015 | Allianz SE

Economists from Euler Hermes rank 44 countries, evaluating how difficult it is to collect unpaid trade debts. / ‘Top of the class': Sweden, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. / 'Under-achievers': U.S., Turkey, Italy and Poland. / ‘Bottom of the league’: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Russia and China.

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Risk: a vital part of the human experience

Risk: a vital part of the human experience
Feb 06, 2015 | Allianz SE

When we think of risk we often have a negative connotation in mind. Risky is often used synonymously with reckless, foolish or even downright dangerous. “Risk Wise”, a new book by British author and documentary filmmaker Polly Morland, sets out to investigate whether there is more to the concept of risk. Nine stories portray people who deal with risks in their very own way.

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Allianz Investor Relations App now available for everyone

Allianz Investor Relations App now available for everyone
Feb 06, 2015 | Allianz SE

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

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Demographic change requires modern responses

Demographic change requires modern responses
Feb 04, 2015 | Allianz SE

Immigration, interest rates and digitalization are creating new challenges when it comes to dealing with an ageing population / Representatives from politics, business and academia meet in Berlin to discuss "Social and Demographic Change in the 21st Century" / Allianz extends an invitation to a dialog on the issues of the future to mark its 125th anniversary

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Allianz commemorates its 125th anniversary

Allianz commemorates its 125th anniversary
Feb 04, 2015 | Allianz SE

Dialog on two key questions for the future: demographic development and climate change / Review and outlook: new publications provide food for thought / Projects of Allianz foundations set priorities for 2015 and beyond / Extended Cooperation with European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)

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Save smart, not hard – with life cycle investments

Save smart, not hard – with life cycle investments
Feb 02, 2015 | Allianz SE

Low interest rates make it more challenging to save for retirement / Every third euro in Europe is held in a low interest bank account / 'Allianz Demographic Pulse' newsletter shows how linking savings to stages in your life works

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Allianz invests in Colchester Garrison

Allianz invests in Colchester Garrison
Feb 02, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz has acquired a 56 percent shareholding in the Colchester Garrison Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project from two of InfraRed Capital Partner’s managed funds, HICL Infrastructure Company and InfraRed Infrastructure Yield Fund. PFI is a programme by the UK government to modernize public infrastructure with private capital.

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Super Bowl: No power, no fun

Super Bowl: No power, no fun
Jan 30, 2015 | Allianz SE

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

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A tooth for a tooth

A tooth for a tooth
Jan 29, 2015 | Allianz SE

In Africa, 40,000 elephants are killed every year for their tusks. Actor and conservationist Hannes Jaenicke traveled to Kenya with his camera crew to dig deeper into the illegal ivory trade. In this interview Jaenicke discusses "Working for Elephants" ("Im Einsatz für Elefanten"), the dark sides of human nature and unshakeable hope. 

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

Heise:
Jan 28, 2015 | Allianz SE

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

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The ECB’s QE program allows for much-needed flexibility

The ECB’s QE program allows for much-needed flexibility
Jan 23, 2015 | Allianz SE

Against the background of an already recovering economy, the ECB’s large-scale government bond purchases are neither necessary nor are they likely to have much impact. One positive aspect, however, is that the design of the bond purchase program allows for a certain degree of flexibility. The ECB can, and should, reduce or stop monthly purchases if the economic situation improves and inflation trends point upwards again. The decision to make national central banks responsible for a larger share of the bond purchases is welcome. Sufficient coordination and control should be ensured.

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Digitalization: “We need to tailor our offer to the new customer”

Digitalization: “We need to tailor our offer to the new customer”
Jan 23, 2015 | Allianz SE

The average U.S. consumer spends nearly three hours a day on mobile devices, according to a recent study. What effect does this behavior have on companies, including insurers, trying to reach their customers? Allianz SE Board Member Christof Mascher discussed “The new consumer” at this year’s Digital Life Design conference in Munich.

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“Inequality can feed radicalism and fundamentalism”

“Inequality can feed radicalism  and fundamentalism”
Jan 20, 2015 | Allianz SE

In the previous Allianz.com interview, we talked about how the problem of inequality has evolved from a temporary problem to an issue that will affect generations to follow. In the second part of the interview, Mohamed A. El-Erian and Michael Heise take a closer look at the different continents and countries that are concerned.

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“A bit of inequality is good; lots of inequality is bad”

“A bit of inequality is good; lots of inequality is bad”
Jan 19, 2015 | Allianz SE

The Occupy Wall Street movement, the uproar around Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First century” and other initiatives have brought up questions that turn around one single topic: Inequality. In an exclusive interview with Allianz.com, Michael Heise, Allianz Chief Economist and Mohamed A. El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor of Allianz, try to find answers to these questions.

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Businesses: increasing number of disruptive scenarios

Businesses: increasing number of disruptive scenarios
Jan 14, 2015 | Allianz SE

Business interruption & supply chain, natural catastrophes, fire & explosion top risks for companies in 2015. Cyber and political risks are biggest movers in rankings. / Businesses least prepared for cyber risks. Loss of reputation and business interruption main cause of loss after IT security incidents. ‘Think tank’ needed. / Long term, companies face dual challenge managing impact of climate change and technological innovation.

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Sadly, projects like these are certainly not ten a penny

Sadly, projects like these are certainly not ten a penny
Jan 13, 2015 | Allianz SE

Two years after its launch the Allianz Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) is now fully invested in various wind and solar park projects. In our interview Armin Sandhövel from Allianz Global Investors explains the challenges in connection with the project acquisitions and why so many costumers want to invest in renewable energy.

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Money for the infrastructure

Money for the infrastructure
Jan 09, 2015 | Allianz SE

The world's industrialized nations are now reliant on infrastructure that is around 30 to 50 years old and quite shabby. Maximilian Zimmerer, member of the board of Allianz SE, explains how insurance companies can help rebuilding roads, power plants and public buildings.

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New year, new job?

New year, new job?
Jan 01, 2015 | Allianz SE

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

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Tsunami 2004: “We changed the hotel just before we embarked on our trip”

Dec 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Tileman Fischer, former CEO of Allianz Reinsurance Asia Pacific in Singapore (ARAP) was in Sri Lanka at the time of the tsunami on December 26, 2004. He recalls his personal experience and the aid work that he supported directly after the tsunami.

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A year in review 2014

A year in a review 2014
Dec 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

A crash test with a Christmas tree and two new Allianz stadiums. Click through the photos and discover this year’s highlights from an Allianz perspective.

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Baby, it’s over now: The last US baby boomer turns 50

Baby, it’s over now: The last US baby boomer turns 50
Dec 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

On December 31 of this year we will pass a demographic milestone as the last US baby boomer turns 50. Globally, the transition of the baby boomer generations into retirement, on account of its sheer size also known as the "Silver Tsunami", is taking place. This will challenge the pension systems over the coming decades to an ever increasing extent.

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Tsunami prevention: fewer victims but greater physical damage expected

Tsunami prevention: fewer victims but greater physical damage expected
Dec 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Matthias Hackl, geophysicist and earthquake specialist at Allianz Re, explains why tsunami prevention is so complex and what progress has been made since the terrible natural catastrophe that claimed 250,000 lives in Asia 10 years ago.

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Look out for sovereign-bond volatility

Look out for sovereign-bond volatility
Dec 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

Sovereign bonds have been full of surprises this year: From the U.S. to Spain, yields are declining further after confounding investors' expectations by staying low for most of 2014. It's a trend that could be setting markets up for greater volatility in 2015.

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The quiet diplomat

Sergio Balbinot will be responsible for Allianz’s insurance business in western and southern Europe.
Dec 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

A small sensation went somewhat unnoticed amid the changes announced at the helm of the Allianz Board of Management: Sergio Balbinot, responsible for the global insurance activities of the Generali Group and president of Generali Italy, is taking over responsibility for Allianz's insurance business in western and southern Europe, with effect from January 1, 2015.

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Allianz to sell Fireman’s Fund personal insurance business to ACE, completing future positioning for its P&C business in US

Allianz to sell Fireman’s Fund personal insurance business to ACE, completing future positioning for its P&C business in US
Dec 18, 2014 | Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty / Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Allianz progresses final element of US property & casualty business reconfiguration / Integration of Fireman’s Fund commercial lines into AGCS creates focus on commercial P&C insurance under Allianz brand / New run-off carrier, San Francisco Re, to manage legacy Fireman’s Fund business

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Change from the bottom up

Change from the bottom up
Dec 17, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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A thorough view

Axel Theis joined Allianz in 1986
Dec 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

There are probably only a few managers at Allianz who have achieved so much, with such success, yet in such a calm and collected way. Now the Allianz SE Supervisory Board has called on Axel Theis to join the Board of Management, starting January 1, 2015.

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“100 percent security doesn’t exist”

“100 percent security doesn’t exist”
Dec 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Cyber attacks are increasing, both in number and sophistication. Damages for companies are reaching multimillions of euros. Christopher Lohmann, CEO Germany and Central Europe at Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS), explains why more and more companies consider cyber insurance to be a core element of their IT risk management.

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German culture award Deutscher Kulturförderpreis goes to the Allianz Cultural Foundation in Berlin

German culture award Deutscher Kulturförderpreis goes to the Allianz Cultural Foundation in Berlin
Dec 09, 2014 | Allianz SE

The Culture Committee for German Business in the Federation of German Industries (BDI) announced the winners of the Deutscher Kulturförderpreis 2014 at an award ceremony. For the second time the German Business culture award went to the Allianz Cultural Foundation for its project "The White Sea - Literature on the Mediterranean" (Das Weiße Meer – Literaturen rund um das Mittelmeer).

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Every tenth fatal traffic accident due to alcohol

Every tenth fatal traffic accident due to alcohol
Dec 09, 2014 | Allianz SE

Alcohol responsible for 10.9% of global fatalities in traffic accidents / Europe: Germany (8.7%) ranks fourth place; Italy (2.7%) is best-in-class / Alcohol-related accidents twice as likely to be fatal / Men and drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 particularly affected

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Skies are safer, but new risk environment and rising cost of claims challenge aviation industry, says Allianz report

Skies are safer, but new risk environment and rising cost of claims challenge aviation industry, says Allianz report
Dec 04, 2014 | Allianz SE

This year’s aviation losses contradict long-term trend of fewer than two passenger deaths for every 100 million commercial passengers / Increasing complexity of aircraft design impacting costs. New materials, ground equipment damage and risk of grounding are additional drivers of risk exposure while the cost of aviation claims is rising / Increasing fleet values and passenger growth will push value of risk exposure through $1 trillion barrier in near-future / North America and Europe head safety improvement, Africa is lagging behind / Cyber attacks perceived as growing risks due to reliance on interconnected systems

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Good, bad and ugly of lower oil prices

Good, bad and ugly of lower oil prices
Dec 04, 2014 | Allianz SE

The net overall impact of this year’s 28 percent plunge in oil prices is positive for the global economy. But it isn’t universal, and it comes with negative dimensions that need to be well understood, lest they end up reversing the benefits.

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"Diverse ways of thinking are needed"

Dec 03, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Allianz Parque stadium opens in Sao Paulo to the sound of Paul McCartney

Allianz Parque stadium opens in Sao Paulo to the sound of Paul McCartney
Dec 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz Parque opened with a mega music concert with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. As the 45,000 tickets for the show were sold out in less than 24 hours, he gave a second concert the next evening.

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What does…an actuary do at Allianz?

What does…an actuary do at Allianz?
Nov 27, 2014 | Allianz SE

What does …an actuary do at Allianz?” Joanne Joseph explains the technical part of her job and why she’s convinced she’s in the right profession.

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"There was a lot he could do, but it wasn't enough"

Nov 26, 2014 | Allianz SE

Professor Dr. Shulamit Volkov, Allianz's eleventh visiting professor for Jewish and Islamic studies, is one of the world's most prominent historians in the area of German-Jewish history. In her inaugural lecture at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University, she spoke on the topic of: "Brinkmanship or sleepwalking? Through the First World War with Walther Rathenau".

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Markets Love Central-Bank Gifts

Markets Love Central-Bank Gifts
Nov 25, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Allianz Australia selected as preferred purchaser of Territory Insurance Office

Allianz Australia selected as preferred purchaser of Territory Insurance Office
Nov 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz Australia has entered into an agreement with the Government of the Northern Territory to purchase the general insurance business of the Territory Insurance Office (TIO) and enter into a 10 year agreement to manage the Government Motor Accidents Compensation scheme.

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Dieter Wemmer elected new chairman of EcoFin committee

Dieter Wemmer elected new chairman of EcoFin committee
Nov 20, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Europe's sluggish growth is a global threat

Europe's sluggish growth is a global threat
Nov 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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The fall of the poverty wall

The fall of the poverty wall
Nov 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

His ideas may revolutionize the way capitalism works: Nobel Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the microcredit movement, spoke at the Allianz Forum in Berlin to mark the start of the Allianz "Microinsurance Life Stories" exhibition and the presentation of a new study examining the effects of microcredit.

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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day
Nov 13, 2014 | Allianz SE

Contrary to popular belief, diabetes is not just a disease suffered by the wealthy. In fact, it is one of the most widespread illnesses in the world. The number of diabetics is set to increase dramatically over the coming years. Doctors and professional associations around the world have long been issuing warnings about the magnitude and consequences of the disease. This interactive diagram shows how severely various countries and regions are affected by diabetes.

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Interview with a stag

Interview with a stag
Nov 13, 2014 | Allianz SE

It is the same story every year. Road traffic accidents involving game animals lead to damaged cars, injured people, and even fatalities. Dead game animals on the side of the road. Our Allianz.com reporter set out to find one of the culprits of these incidents – a stag. Even though stags are comparatively rarely involved in this particular kind of road traffic accident, he was the only animal who would talk to us. The roe deer were too shy, and ran away before we could even ask our first question. The stag was particularly keen not to be seen as guilty, and wanted to stay anonymous. He refused to tell us his name.

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Good and bad of the strong stock recovery

Good and bad of the strong stock recovery
Nov 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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How do people really apply for new jobs?

How do people really apply for new jobs?
Nov 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Allianz investment in renewable energy exceeds two billion euro milestone

Allianz investment in renewable energy exceeds two billion euro milestone
Nov 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Forterre is Allianz’s latest wind park acquisition in 2014 / The overall portfolio now contains 47 wind farms and seven solar parks generating enough electricity to meet the annual needs of Munich

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When a strike brings production lines to a standstill

When a strike brings production lines to a standstill
Nov 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Allianz with double-digit growth in revenues and net income in third quarter of 2014

Dieter Wemmer:
Nov 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

Total revenues increase 14.5 percent to 28.78 billion euros / Operating profit up 5.2 percent to 2.65 billion euros / Net income attributable to shareholders grows by 11.2 percent to 1.61 billion euros / Operating profit outlook confirmed: upper end of target range of 10.5 billion euros in reach / New dividend policy increases pay-out ratio to 50 percent of Allianz Group net income

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New Dividend policy with increased pay-out ratio of 50 percent

The board of management and the supervisory board of Allianz SE have decided to alter their dividend policy to target an increase in pay-out ratio from 40 to 50 percent of the Allianz Group net income (attributable to shareholders).
Nov 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

The board of management and the supervisory board of Allianz SE have decided to alter their dividend policy to target an increase in pay-out ratio from 40 to 50 percent of the Allianz Group net income (attributable to shareholders).

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Traffic accidents is number one worldwide cause of death among youths

Traffic accidents is number one worldwide cause of death among youths
Oct 30, 2014 | Allianz SE

One-third of all traffic deaths are youths / Annual: 18 road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants worldwide / Germany ranks 5th in traffic death rates in the EU

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

What Europe's stress tests will and won't do
Oct 28, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Thanks, Otto! – Conference to put Bismarck’s pension reforms in new global perspectives

Thanks, Otto! – Conference to put Bismarck’s pension reforms in new global perspectives
Oct 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

In 1889, the “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck started plans to introduce a pension law that gave Germans over the age of 70 a measure of financial security in their old age. Considered the birth of the world’s first state pension, it influenced similar systems worldwide throughout the Twentieth Century and still does.

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

Infrastructure investments: “A big step in the right direction”
Oct 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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What Hong Kong means for the global economy

What Hong Kong means for the global economy
Oct 22, 2014 | Allianz SE

Will the tensions in Hong Kong be the straw that breaks the global economy’s back? That question is on many investors’ minds as they watch the Chinese government's response to one of the biggest sociopolitical challenges it has faced in recent years. The answer is far from straightforward.

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Environmental Commitment: Top Marks for Allianz

Environmental Commitment: Top Marks for Allianz
Oct 17, 2014 | Allianz SE

In the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Allianz reached a record high: 99 out of 100 points for Transparency, and a grade A- (on a scale of A-C) for Achievement. This makes Allianz one of the leading companies in this area.

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The BRICs will rise again

The BRICs will rise again
Oct 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

The downward revision of growth projections for emerging economies by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank is yet another reminder of how quickly the narrative has changed for these countries. This reversal has led to selloffs in emerging-market assets, be they equities, currencies or fixed-income. Countries that not so long ago were deemed an influential locomotive for global growth (as well as a contributor to global financial stability) are now viewed more as a source of actual and potential disruptions.

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The growing strength of the Allianz brand

The growing strength of the Allianz brand
Oct 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz is one of the strongest growing financial services providers in this year’s “Best Global Brands” ranking from Interbrand. The Allianz brand is valued at US$7.7 billion, up 15 percent from last year.

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AIMCo, Allianz and Hastings successfully bid for Acquisition of Porterbrook

AIMCo, Allianz and Hastings successfully bid for Acquisition of Porterbrook
October 14, 2014 | Allianz SE

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (“AIMCo”), on behalf of certain of its clients, Allianz Capital Partners (“ACP”), the in-house investment platform for alternative investments of Allianz Group and Hastings Funds Management (“Hastings”) have reached an agreement to purchase Porterbrook Rail Finance Limited (Porterbrook), one of the three major rolling stock leasing companies in the UK.

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Why this market rally is so unloved

Why this market rally is so unloved
Oct 07, 2014 | Allianz SE

Recently, I asked readers of this column to offer their views on the state of financial markets. The responses I've received in the comment section, by e-mail and on Twitter shed light on why the recent impressive asset-price rallies remain so unloved and are constantly questioned.

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Climate change: Tools for investors

Climate change: Tools for investors
Oct 06, 2014 | Allianz SE

As one of the world's largest institutional investors, Allianz is supporting a research project designed to make climate risks measurable for investors. The project was unveiled at the annual conference of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, which have also been signed by Allianz.

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AGCS announces Board of Management changes

AGCS announces Board of Management changes
Oct 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

Chris Fischer Hirs to succeed Axel Theis as Chief Executive Officer of AGCS SE / Current CEO Axel Theis appointed to the Allianz SE Board of Management / Nina Klingspor to become Chief Financial Officer of AGCS SE

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Oliver Bäte to become new CEO after 2015 Annual General Meeting

Oliver Bäte to become new CEO after 2015 Annual General Meeting
Oct 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

The Supervisory Board of Allianz SE decides on Board of Management mandates

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Allianz and BMW Group expand global cooperation

Allianz and BMW Group expand global cooperation
Oct 01, 2014 | Allianz Global Automotive

Allianz SE and BMW AG have renewed their collaboration on a global level for another five years. The CEOs of the two companies, Michael Diekmann and Dr. Norbert Reithofer, signed the extension of a Global Partnership Agreement between both groups, which was originally agreed upon in 2009, on September 3rd, 2014.

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„A brilliant investor!“

„A brilliant investor!“
Sep 27, 2014 | Allianz SE

Recent quotes from Allianz regarding Daniel Ivascyn (44), the successor of Bill Gross (70).

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PIMCO Elects Daniel Ivascyn as Group Chief Investment Officer

Firm Names Andrew Balls, Mark Kiesel, Virginie Maisonneuve, Scott Mather and Mihir Worah Chief Investment Officers.
Sep 27, 2014 | PIMCO

Firm Names Andrew Balls, Mark Kiesel, Virginie Maisonneuve, Scott Mather and Mihir Worah Chief Investment Officers.

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Bill Gross, Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO, leaves the company

Bill Gross, Chief Investment Officer of  PIMCO, leaves the company
Sep 26, 2014 | Allianz SE

Allianz SE received confirmation that William H. Gross, Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO, a subsidiary of Allianz, has resigned today with immediate effect. PIMCO has activated its succession plan and will announce a successor.

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Bond bears may be right for wrong reasons

Bond bears may be right for wrong reasons
Sep 24, 2014 | Allianz SE

In recent days, I've noticed a growing sense of concern among investors that this year's surprising strength in the U.S. bond market can't last, particularly when it comes to the longer maturities. If they are right, it won't be for the reasons typically cited.

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Allianz Global Wealth Report: highest asset growth since 2003

Allianz Global Wealth Report: highest asset growth since 2003
Sep 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

The fifth edition of the Allianz "Global Wealth Report" analyzes the asset and debt situation of private households in more than 50 countries. Based on the findings, the global gross financial assets of private households 2013 reached the highest growth rate since 2003.

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Allianz Arena to host UEFA Championship 2020 Games

Allianz Arena to host UEFA Championship 2020 Games
Sep 23, 2014 | Allianz SE

Munich has been selected as one of the 13 host cities for the Euro 2020 football competition, European football's governing body UEFA announced in Geneva on Friday. The Allianz Arena will stage three group matches and a quarterfinal.

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Relief after Scotland says "no"

Relief after Scotland says
Sep 19, 2014 | Allianz SE

The Scots have voted not to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom. The result was not quite as close as expected (55.3 per cent). The outcome is welcome from an economic and European policy perspective, as a "yes" vote in favor of independence would have signaled the start of years of complicated and agonizing negotiations on the details, with negative knock-on effects for the economy and politics (also on this side of the Channel). The result is likely to put a damper on other independence movements within the EU.

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New to school, new to the road

New to school, new to the road
Sep 18, 2014 | Allianz SE

Once again, the school year has begun. For pupils in their first year of school, this means the start of a new stage in life, during which they will gain important first experiences, not just in classrooms, but also on the roads. The bike ride to school can be a particularly dangerous time for the little ones.

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Allianz repositions its commercial P&C business in the United States

Allianz repositions its commercial P&C business in the United States
Sep 17, 2014 | Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty / Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Fireman’s Fund commercial P&C business will become part of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) / Allianz will integrate its commercial P&C insurance in the US market under the Allianz brand / Strategic options being considered for Fireman’s Fund’s personal lines business

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How Starbucks keeps innovating

How Starbucks keeps innovating
Sep 16, 2014 | Allianz SE

Many pathbreakers in business succeed by creating something completely new. Less obvious are the companies that take an existing activity and turn it into something much more consequential.

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Allianz places subordinated bond

Allianz places subordinated bond
Sep 12, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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Allianz recognized as one of the leading insurance companies for sustainability

Allianz recognized as one of the leading insurance companies for sustainability
Sep 11, 2014 | Allianz SE

Today the results of the annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) was announced by S&P Dow Jones Indices and robecoSAM. Its successful sustainability strategy made Allianz the leading company in the insurance industry.

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Allianz report reveals top causes of loss for businesses

Allianz report reveals top causes of loss for businesses
Sep 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

Largest financial losses come from ship groundings, fires, aviation crashes, earthquakes and storms. / Oil and gas industry losses dominate largest losses, with other sector trends and emerging risks highlighted in analysis of over 11,000 major claims. / Cost of 20 largest non-natural catastrophe incidents totalled approximately €5.9 billion (US$8.1 billion) in 2013.

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What Made This Summer Different

What Made This Summer Different
Sep 10, 2014 | Allianz SE

As the summer comes to an end, I'd like to try something unusual, if I may. Let’s collectively specify three major lessons that we learned about financial markets in the last two months and, after compiling a summary of them, draw out the implications for what lies ahead.

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Why currencies are poised for more shifts

Why currencies are poised for more shifts
Sep 02, 2014 | Allianz SE

The world’s major currencies, which had traded in a relatively stable range, are now in motion - buffeted by different regional growth and interest rates as well as a simmering brew of geopolitical tensions. The key to the magnitude of these currency moves is in the hands of the monetary policy of the ECB.

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The long-term joblessness battle isn't over

The long-term joblessness battle isn't over
Aug 28, 2014 | Allianz SE

Long-term joblessness is a curse. It is a major contributor to poverty and the hollowing out of the middle class. Despite the great progress in reducing long-term unemployment, more must be done. This is the only way to maintain to the well-being of both current and future generations.

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