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

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

World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day

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.

Allianz Global Wealth Report: highest asset growth since 2003
Highest asset growth since 2003

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.

Allianz report reveals top causes of loss for businesses
Allianz report reveals top causes of loss for businesses

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.

Billion dollar challenge for ship operators and insurers as Panama Canal expands
Billion dollar challenge for ship operators and insurers as Panama Canal expands

100 year expansion plans for iconic waterway pose new challenges for maritime industry / Increased traffic and larger ships may raise insured cargo values by over $1 billion a day, growing accumulation risk along canal system and feeder ports / Improving safety record will be tested by heightened risk environment during opening phase of expansion

Catch them young - PISA reveals worrying levels of financial illiteracy among students
Catch them young - PISA reveals worrying levels of financial illiteracy among students

Results of first internationally comparable financial literacy assessment of 15-year-olds published by OECD in Paris today / Queen Máxima of the Netherlands: “The results are a game changer and an impetus for action in many countries.” / A look beyond PISA shows: Adults show gaps in financial education too

7 facts on financial literacy that might surprise you
7 facts on financial literacy that might surprise you

Earning money isn’t a sure path to wealth. At school and in university we learn astonishing facts about history, we calculate complicated algorithms and even manage to understand Latin and Egyptian hieroglyphs. But our teachers and professors never show us how to manage our income and how to turn it into more. This interactive graphic illustrates how people all over the world deal with the money they earn and their level of financial knowledge. 

The rise of the billion-dollar building: new heights, new challenges
The rise of the billion-dollar building: new heights, new challenges

2014 sees the 100th “supertall” building of over 300 meters built worldwide / More than half of world’s tallest buildings have been built in last four years, with the total supertall category almost tripling in the last seven years / The high rise boom in Asia and Middle East leads the way, accounting for 90% of recent supertall projects / With values often exceeding US$1 billion, the latest supertall or “megatall” (600 meters-plus) buildings pose new challenges for insurers as well as for architects and contractors.

The most sustainable pension systems in the world
The most sustainable pension systems in the world

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