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Brexit and Beyond

Allianz-Brexit and Beyond
Mar 29, 2017 | Allianz SE

What is the UK government’s Brexit strategy and key issues in the exit talks? How will Brexit affect UK companies and its financial markets? What is the long-run impact of Brexit? Allianz economists provide some answers...

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Euro Monitor: Macroeconomic imbalances rising again

Allianz-Euro Monitor: Macroeconomic imbalances rising again
Mar 21, 2017 | Allianz SE

Despite the healthy economic performance in 2016, the eurozone failed to make further progress in reducing macroeconomic imbalances. In the Allianz Euro Monitor, we measure these imbalances using 20 indicators.

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Insurance markets in 2016: China saves the day

Allianz-Insurance markets in 2016: China saves the day
Mar 13, 2017 | Allianz SE

Initial projections by Allianz Research suggest that total global premium income rose to a new record high of 3,650 billion euros last year (excluding health insurance).

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Sector risks: What to Watch in 2017

Allianz-Sector risks: What to Watch in 2017
Feb 15, 2017 | Allianz SE

Despite geopolitical and economic uncertainties, risk ratings are fairly stable across sectors, according to the Euler Hermes Global Sector Reports. Here are the factors to watch in 2017.

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Are you financially literate?

Allianz-Are you financially literate?
Jan 27, 2017 | Allianz SE

We’ve been told time and again to not ‘put all our eggs in one basket’. Yet, many Europeans are found wanting when it comes to financial literacy and an understanding of risk concepts, finds an Allianz study...

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Micro-multinationals: The Force Awakens

Allianz-Micro-multinationals: The Force Awakens
Jan 18, 2017 | Allianz SE

International trade growth has been slow but mid-sized, nimble ‘micro-multinationals’ seem to be weathering the storm well...

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Top Business Risks of 2017

Allianz-TOP BUSINESS RISKS OF 2017
Jan 11, 2017 | Allianz SE

Cybersecurity and related issues are fast emerging as the biggest risk for companies, believe risk experts in Germany and  the United Kingdom, showed the 6th annual Allianz Risk Barometer released by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) on Wednesday.

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ACHTUNG, DRIVERS!

Allianz-ACHTUNG, DRIVERS!
Nov 30, 2016 | Allianz SE

Smartphone addiction and other distractions kill more people than drunk driving does, finds our safety study. A quick guide to keeping distractions at bay when you’re behind the wheel...

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What would you do if you lived 30 years longer?

Allianz-What would you do if you lived 30 years longer?
Nov 16, 2016 | Allianz SE

Go back to school, chase dreams, contribute to larger good – the younger generations would live differently if they lived longer, but where’s the money for it?

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Stress: Millennials got it bad (and that ain’t good)

Allianz-Stress: Millennials got it bad (and that ain’t good)
Nov 14, 2016 | Allianz SE

There is more to stress than sleepless nights. It can also lead to diabetes

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Catch 22: Why pension’s a tension for millennials

Allianz-Catch 22: Why pension’s a tension for millennials
Oct 21, 2016 | Allianz SE

Live in the moment or plan for future?

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Changes in the financial climate

Allianz-Changes in the financial climate
Sep 28, 2016 | Allianz SE

One of the paradoxes of the findings of this year’s Global Wealth Report is that while people are saving more, their assets are growing less. At least in most of the countries reviewed. Here’s a region-by-region look at the financial successes and challenges facing the world’s households.

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Allianz Global Wealth Report: The best years are over

Allianz-Allianz Global Wealth Report: The best years are over
Sep 21, 2016 | Allianz SE

Marked slowdown in asset growth in 2015 / Asia (excl. Japan) the one – and only – dynamic region / Households in industrial countries still wary of new debt – low interest rates notwithstanding / German savers “giveaway” EUR 200bn / Global inequality declining but in many industrial countries gains go mainly to the happy few at the top

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Rise of the drones

Allianz-Rise of the drones
Sep 14, 2016 | Allianz SE

Unmanned aircraft systems are the most dynamic growth sector of the global aerospace industry.

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A new “highway” for the Panama Canal

Allianz-A new “highway” for the Panama Canal
Aug 11, 2016 | Allianz SE

Passage for ships as big as four football fields.

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Rich with kids in the city?

Allianz-New research from International Pensions at Allianz Global Investors shows that cities in developed countries are not the fertility traps once thought. Head of International Pensions Brigitte Miksa explains why this is just a myth from the past.
May 09, 2016 | Allianz SE

New research from International Pensions at Allianz Asset Management shows that cities in developed countries are not the fertility traps once thought. Head of International Pensions Brigitte Miksa explains why this is just a myth from the past.

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Fewer ships being claimed by the high seas

Allianz-Fewer ships being claimed by the high seas
Mar 22, 2016 | Allianz SE

Superstorms, cyber exposure and piracy. Sailing the open seas, particularly in South China and the South East Asian waters is fraught with peril, so the latest AGCS “Safety & Shipping Review”.

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Brexit: A black hole for the UK economy

Allianz-Brexit: A black hole for the UK economy
Feb 11, 2016 | Euler Hermes

The consequences would include direct export losses of up to £30bn. According to Euler Hermes study British financial services, automotive, engineering, chemicals, food and energy industries would take the biggest hit.

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Fierce competition and cyber incidents rank as major new threats

Allianz-Fierce competition and cyber incidents rank as major new threats
Jan 13, 2016 | Allianz SE

Business interruption (BI) remains the top risk for fourth year in succession, with cyber-attacks, geo-political instability and technology failure new potential drivers of BI losses / The competitive market environment and cyber incidents appear in the top three global business risks for the first time / Companies are worried about increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks, but tend to underestimate technical IT failure as cause of costly outages

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The megacity of the future is smart

Allianz-The megacity of the future is smart
Nov 30, 2015 | Allianz SE

Latest report from Allianz describes life in the megacity of 2030 / The nervous system of the urban area will be based on the Internet / Strong growth particularly in Asia and Africa

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Riding an electric bicycle is risky business for seniors

Allianz-Riding an electric bicycle is risky business for seniors
Nov 03, 2015 | Allianz Deutschland

Every tenth cyclist killed in a traffic accident rides a pedelec / Eight out of every ten traffic fatalities are over the age of 65 / Risk of death is twice as high as riding a normal bicycle

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Allianz Global Wealth Report: Boom in financial assets continues

Allianz-Allianz Global Wealth Report: Boom in financial assets continues
Sep 29, 2015 | Allianz SE

Today, Allianz unveiled the sixth edition of its "Global Wealth Report", which puts the asset and debt situation of private households in more than 50 countries under the microscope.

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8 ideas about the car of the future

Allianz-There will be cars without drivers, cars can be hacked like computers and you will possibly be able to get five to six hours of sleep while driving from Munich to Hamburg or from San Francisco to San Diego. Here are 7 ideas about the car of the future.
Sep 29, 2015 | Allianz SE

There will be cars without drivers, cars can be hacked like computers and you will possibly be able to get five to six hours of sleep while driving from Munich to Hamburg or from San Francisco to San Diego. Here are eight ideas about the car of the future.

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Cars: traditional markets stay, newcomers go

Allianz-Cars: traditional markets stay, newcomers go
Sep 25, 2015 | Allianz SE

Traditional automotive markets in Europe and the US are showing the most promising signs of growth and have taken a lead over struggling emerging economies, according to Euler Hermes, the world leader in trade credit insurance. The Euler Hermes report “Auto Market – a live wire” warns that the economic slowdown across emerging markets is causing car registrations to tumble: 

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Young and wild behind the wheel

Allianz-Young and wild behind the wheel
Sep 21, 2015 | Allianz SE

One in every five 18- to 24-year old drives a suped-up car / One in every three has participated in a street race / Three percent admit to having modified engine performance

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Businesses must prepare for new generation of cyber risks

Allianz-Businesses must prepare for new generation of cyber risks
Sep 09, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz report highlights that cyber risks are evolving far beyond privacy or reputational issues. / Global cyber insurance market forecast to grow to over $20 billion by 2025. / Interconnectivity of devices and businesses drives new risk exposures with business interruption a key vulnerability, and catastrophic scenarios a possibility. / Complexity of risk means businesses need to develop a cyber security culture with different stakeholders sharing risk management knowledge. / The Top ten countries by costs due to cyber risks.

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Every cent counts

Allianz-Allianz invests more than 600 billion euros. That is more than the German Federal Government received in tax revenues in 2014. Our graph shows what the distribution would look like if Allianz were to invest one single euro.
Apr 02, 2015 | Allianz SE

Allianz invests more than 600 billion euros. Our graph shows what the distribution would look like if Allianz were to invest one single euro.

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

Allianz-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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7 products to protect the environment

Allianz-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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Collecting debts the easy way

Allianz-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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Save smart, not hard – with life cycle investments

Allianz-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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Businesses: increasing number of disruptive scenarios

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

Allianz-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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World Diabetes Day

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

Allianz-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 report reveals top causes of loss for businesses

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

Allianz-Billion dollar challenge for ship operators and insurers as Panama Canal expands
Aug 05, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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

Allianz-Catch them young - PISA reveals worrying levels of financial illiteracy among students
Jul 09, 2014 | Allianz SE

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

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7 facts on financial literacy that might surprise you

Allianz-7 facts on financial literacy that might surprise you
Jul 08, 2014 | Allianz SE

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. 

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

Allianz-The rise of the billion-dollar building: new heights, new challenges
Jun 25, 2014 | Allianz SE

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.

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The most sustainable pension systems in the world

Allianz-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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Allianz study: Shipping losses decline, new risks emerge

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

Allianz-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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Equities: safer than expected?

Allianz-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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Monetary policy: Year of the turnaround

Allianz-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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Six tips for driving safely in winter

Allianz-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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Drive safely despite holiday stress

Allianz-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 Global Wealth Report: Equity boom spurs asset growth

Allianz-Allianz Global Wealth Report: Equity boom spurs asset growth
Sep 24, 2013 | Allianz SE

Global gross financial assets at new record level of EUR 111 trillion / Debt growth remains subdued / Above-average asset development in Germany since the crisis / Germany in 17th place in the global league table / Low interest rates driving change in savings behavior / In poor countries, the number of wealthy people is on the rise, while in rich countries the low wealth class is on the up

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50+ Europeans fear inflation erodes their pension pot, says AllianzGI

Allianz-50+ Europeans fear inflation erodes their pension pot, says AllianzGI ie größten Sorgen
Aug 21, 2013 | Allianz SE

According to pan-European research conducted by Allianz in close co-operation with Allianz Global Investors*, many 50 to 70 year olds are uncertain if they can maintain their current standard of living in retirement, and will need to build additional savings to achieve their goals.

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Modern women avoiding "Younger Wife's Curse”

Allianz-Modern women avoiding
Jun 20, 2013 | Allianz SE

Wives worldwide generally younger and live longer than husbands / Greater financial literacy among women helps avoid old-age poverty / Women now becoming more financially independent

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New Allianz study: Impact of euro debt crisis on 50+ investors

Allianz-Jay Ralph: “In the current situation, investors are well advised to take greater responsibility for adequate investment planning and should ’Rethink Retirement’ – particularly those people close to retirement age”
Jun 11, 2013 | Allianz SE

Older generation trusts the euro / French and Italians perceive largest negative impact from European debt crisis on their personal financial situation / European majority fear tax hikes and increasing inflation rates

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Mind the gap

Allianz-Filling a gap: English artist Ben Wilson has found his own unique style by using small pieces of chewing gum as canvasses for his miniature paintings.
Apr 10, 2013 | Allianz Asset Management

Pressure on pension systems is forcing governments to rethink their pension policies. To avoid an income gap for future retirees, policy makers must address sustainability and find useful definitions of adequacy.

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It’s time to Rethink Retirement

Allianz-It’s time to Rethink Retirement
Mar 22, 2013 | Allianz SE

Pension reforms have begun to change income mix of private households / Lifetime benefits were cut in 16 OECD countries on average by 22% for men and 25% for women /  New Allianz report reveals: rise of elderly in workforce - more 60 to 64 year olds are employed than ten years ago – biggest increase in Germany and the Netherlands

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The centenarians club is booming

Allianz-According to UN estimates, there are currently around 343,000 centenarians worldwide, and by 2050 this figure is likely to have risen to 3.2 million, i.e. to ten times as many (Copyright: Reuters in connection with Allianz).
Feb 06, 2013 | Allianz SE

The number of centenarians will increase ten-fold by 2050 / Every second newborn baby in Germany will live to over 100 years old / East-African naked mole rats could be the key to the secret of longevity

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Allianz Euro Monitor 2012: Reforms in peripheral countries starting to bear fruit

Allianz-Allianz Euro Monitor 2012
Nov 26, 2012 | Allianz SE

Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Spain improve their overall score on last year / Germany, Austria and Luxembourg top the ranking / Germany, France and Ireland maintain their overall score / 10 of 17 eurozone countries see their overall score drop

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Despite the ups and downs on the financial markets - life insurance remains secure and profitable

Allianz-Despite the ups and downs on the financial markets - life insurance remains secure and profitable
Oct 24, 2012 | Allianz SE

Life insurance plays a key role in helping to stabilize the financial markets / Conservative investment policy spared customers hefty losses during the crisis / Life insurance is the most important tool for offering protection against life's risks, such as poverty in old age

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Global asset growth plummets

Allianz-Global asset growth plummets
Sep 18, 2012 | Allianz SE

Today, Allianz unveiled the third edition of its "Global Wealth Report", which puts the asset and debt situation of private households in more than 50 countries under the microscope. The report shows that the marked recovery in financial assets witnessed in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007/08 came to an abrupt standstill last year: net per capita financial assets increased by only 0.6% in 2011, as against 7.8% and 9.7% in the years 2009 and 2010.

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1000 cars for greater safety

Allianz-1000 cars for greater safety
Aug 24, 2012 | Allianz Deutschland AG

The European research project euroFOT has demonstrated the increased safety provided by driver assistance systems in real traffic for the first time. The Allianz Center for Technology supported this effectiveness analysis. Allianz will be making use of these results for its global strategic partnerships with the automotive industry.

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Typically "Germanic"

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Jun 13, 2012 | Allianz Deutschland AG

In a manner best be described as "Germanic", Europe's economic giant has been slowly and methodically working to address the demographic challenge to its pension system.

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Body care behind the wheel

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May 25, 2012 | Allianz Deutschland AG

According to the latest accident research of the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT), many people are carrying out everyday tasks whilst driving in their cars – such as changing clothes or body care – and none of them can pay enough attention to the task at hand. Every tenth accident is related to distraction.

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Upswing in Germany regaining momentum

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Mar 29, 2012 | Allianz SE

1.0 percent growth expected in 2012, 2.0 percent 2013 / Consumer demand remains key mainstay / Unemployment set to fall further to 2,5 million by end-2013 / Public-sector budget almost in balance by 2013

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Climate changes business models

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Mar 12, 2012 | Allianz SE

How does climate change affect the business model of a large insurance company? In a unique consortium including JBA Consulting, InterMap Technologies, the UK Met Office, WWF Germany and Allianz SE public and private expertise was combined in order to scientifically assess this question. The unparalleled study proves the viability of using currently available methods and data to manage future extreme risks.

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Romance on Valentine's Day – but divorces are on the rise

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Feb 13, 2012 | Allianz SE

In many parts of the world Valentine's Day is a day of celebration for lovebirds, sweethearts and married couples alike. But despite all the fine romance - reality looks quite different. "Forevermore" is becoming rare.

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Companies fear economic risks and business interr

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Jan 16, 2012 | Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Which risks do businesses fear the most in 2012?

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Dementia on the rise

Dec 13, 2011 | Allianz SE

If no cure is found, the number of dementia cases worldwide will triple from 36 million today to more than 115 million by 2050 as a result of rising life expectancy. This is the main finding in the most recent issue of Allianz Demographic Pulse, which is dedicated to the topic of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Progress towards balanced growth in eurozone

Dec 07, 2011 | Allianz SE

This year’s Allianz Euro Monitor reveals that, for the first time since 2007, the macroeconomic imbalances within the eurozone as a whole have decreased slightly.

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Demography as an Investment Opportunity

Oct 27, 2011 | Allianz Global Investors Europe

People are living longer; the global population is growing. The particularly strong population growth in the emerging economies is simultaneously accompanied by dynamic economies. A new study by Allianz Global Investors (AGI) looks at the opportunities that this development is now offering investors.

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What demographic shifts mean for our pensions

Oct 21, 2011 | Allianz Global Investors Europe

Prevent old-age poverty or maintain our standard of living? How do we adequately prepare for old age? A new publication by Allianz Global Investors provides clarity and insights for forward-looking investment strategies.

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Rising life expectancy drives global growth of population

Oct 14, 2011 | Allianz Global Investors Europe

New publications on demographic trends / In just 100 years the world's population quadrupled to 7 billion / Global population aging at double speed: birth rates are falling and life expectancy is rising

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Floods effects greatly underestimated

Oct 10, 2011 | Allianz SE

Floods are the most common natural catastrophe worldwide. And yet the risks from them are largely man-made or at least aggravated by human activity. A new paper by Allianz looks at risks and basic steps people can take to reduce their damages.

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ESG factors may enhance investment performance

Aug 01, 2011 | RCM UK

New research from RCM, a company of Allianz Global Investors, reveals that investors’ portfolios are not negatively impacted by the introduction of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the stock selection process, and demonstrate a probability of outperformance over the longer term.

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The number of "Methusalems" keeps growing

Jul 11, 2011 | Allianz Group

According to the latest UN forecasts the number of people aged 90 years and older will increase six-fold by the middle of this century. In 2050, worldwide more than 71 million people are expected to be 90 and older and around 3.2 million of them will have already celebrated their 100th birthday.

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China's workforce population at a turning point

Jul 01, 2011 | Allianz Group

Decrease of workforce population expected from 2013 onward / Aging process gains momentum / Effects of termination of one-child policy questionable

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Risk has many guises ...

Jun 16, 2011 | Allianz Global Investors

... but interest rates are foremost in institutional investors' minds 

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Clinical depression costs economy up to 22 billion euros each year

Apr 13, 2011 | Allianz Deutschland AG

Depression is not just a major cause of disability and early retirement – it costs some 9.3 billion euros because of lower productivity by depressed employees on the job. Researcher Florian Holsboer foresees individualized therapy for each case in the future.

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Outlook for German economy still upbeat

Mar 30, 2011 | Allianz SE

2.9 percent growth expected in 2011 / Domestic demand set to pick up further / Deficit below 2 percent

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The price of our long lives

Mar 29, 2011 | Allianz Group

Forecast: In the future nearly 30 percent of annual economic output will be spent on pension, health and care costs / Germany in 2050: 40 percent of the population will be over 60 / Aging will affect industrialized and emerging countries alike / Sustainable social systems and economic growth are essential

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Economic growth drives natural catastrophe claims

Mar 23, 2011 | Allianz SE

Insured claims from natural catastrophes are increasing dramatically / Asian economic growth and climate change impact introduces new challenges / In the past decade, smaller earthquakes often caused higher fatalities / Preparedness and prevention extremely important

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Eurozone sovereign debt manageable

Mar 08, 2011 | Allianz SE

With ongoing consolidation and moderate growth Greek government debt ratio will fall from 150 percent in 2011 to 115 percent in 2020 / Debt ratio in Spain, Portugal and Ireland also on clear downward path / Institutional reforms should be implemented swiftly

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Aquarius with the fewest claims, Taurus lives more dangerously

Feb 17, 2011 | Allianz Suisse

Horoscopes are especially popular at the beginning of the year. Which sign is predicted to enjoy the most success in 2011? Hobby astrologers are united by the belief that faith alone can sometimes move mountains. Allianz would like to take this as an opportunity to investigate the claims frequency of each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.

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You're not alone - many boomers feeling "overwhelmed"

Feb 16, 2011 | Allianz Life

Allianz Life study identifies financial personalities as baby boomers enter retirement

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Americans prefer financial advisors over personal trainers

Feb 01, 2011 | Allianz Life

More Americans would rather connect with their nearest financial professional than sign up for a personal trainer and gym membership, according to a recent survey from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life).

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Retirement "tsunamis" all over the world

Jan 20, 2011 | Allianz Group

Allianz study shows that U.S. faces a retirement tsunami – Europe and Asia will be hit next Baby boomers: a ticking demographic time bomb U.S. a laboratory for other nations.

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How has the 2009 fall in air traffic affected players in the air industry?

Nov 23, 2010 | Euler Hermes

The four percent drop in air traffic in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis had little effect on the aircraft industry's level of activity, given its well-filled order books. However, European and American airlines saw their profitability plummet, while those in emerging countries were already benefiting from strong economic recovery and an explosion in local demand.

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Balanced growth key to future stability of the Eurozone

Oct 25, 2010 | Allianz SE

Study introduces macroeconomic monitoring aimed at ensuring balanced growth in the euro area / Ranking finds 'middling performance' in 13 out of 16 eurozone countries / Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands top the ranking / Portugal and Spain still vulnerable

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German growth set to ease in 2011

Oct 05, 2010 | Allianz SE

Growth momentum weighed down by unwinding of stimulus packages and need for consolidation / 2.0 percent growth expected in 2011 / Average unemployment to fall below 3 million in 2011

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Despite desire for guarantees, Americans keep old attitudes about annuities

Sep 09, 2010 | Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Allianz survey  in the US demonstrates need to dispel myths and educate on product innovations.

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Growth spurt despite crisis: Global retirement assets expected to accumulate 36 trillion euros until 2020

Sep 01, 2010 | Allianz Group

Highest growth rates of retirement assets predicted for Emerging markets in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe  / Though hit hard by financial crisis U.S. remains largest pension market in the world / Global ageing presses the need for a strong funded pension pillar

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"Learning to insure the poor"

Jun 29, 2010 | Allianz Group

Aiming to share its experience in how to design, deliver and scale sustainable microinsurance products and to help set the right course for next steps, Allianz has published a new microinsurance report, "Learning to insure the poor".

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Africa: Out of poverty with clever women

Jun 22, 2010 | Allianz Group

Favorable population prospects for the continent hosting the Soccer World Cup / Correlation between education, prosperity, number of children / Africa has the opportunity to write a success story for itself / Benefits from the demographic dividend

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Italian SMEs need better risk management

Jun 17, 2010 | Allianz Italy

Credit crunches, delayed payments and the impact of the financial crisis on global demand – these are the major risks which owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe say they face in today's business world. This is just one finding of a joint study by Allianz Italy and Confindustria, the Italian Association of Entrepreneurs, which focuses on the risk management practices of SMEs.

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Outlook for German economy good

Mar 24, 2010 | Allianz Group

2.3 percent economic growth in 2010 / German economy must remain geared to exports / German labor market set to remain robust in 2010 / Boost to investment from long-term growth policy

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It's down to the "oldies" now

Mar 15, 2010 | Allianz SE

For the first time fewer new entrants on the European labor market than people approaching or entering retirement, Workforce deficit surpasses the 200,000 mark in 2010, The proportion of working older people has to be increased

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Monetary Union will weather the debt crisis

Mar 04, 2010 | Allianz Group

Fiscal problems of individual EMU member states not comparable / Consolidation can boost growth in the medium term  / Crisis prevention through reform of Stability and Growth Pact

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SRI on the rise among pension funds

Feb 09, 2010 | Allianz Global Investors

A survey by Allianz Global Investors AG, one of the world's largest asset management companies, reveals a positive outlook for the increased adoption of socially responsible investment (SRI). Even though scientific studies show that SRI could positively impact the risk-return profile of a portfolio the pension experts that participated in the survey see SRI growing, mainly driven by public.

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Global economy on the eve of a new long cycle of prosperity?

Feb 08, 2010 | Allianz Global Investors

Beyond the current crisis structural drivers of growth seem to be established, which cannot only trigger long-term growth impulses for individual sectors and companies, but which can also stimulate the entire economy. Megatrends such as globalisation and demography as well as technological innovations in the fields of bio-, nano- and clean technology might be the growth drivers that bring the global economy back on a sustainable growth path.

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Ageing and Demographic Change

Jan 22, 2010 | Allianz Global Investors

The UN Population Division predicts a growing world population, yet, the growth rate on a global scale has decreased remarkably. In the 1950s, the world population was increasing at 1.8 percent per year; today the figure is 1.18 percent and tends to decrease even more in the future.

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Economy can cope with gradual exit from expansionary economic policy

Nov 26, 2009 | Allianz Group

Correct timing of exit is pivotal / First monetary, then fiscal policy exit / International coordination can help avert new external imbalances

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Corporate insolvencies to stabilize at a high level in 2010

Nov 18, 2009 | Euler Hermes Group

The world's leading credit insurer Euler Hermes is forecasting a 33 percent rise in corporate insolvencies worldwide in 2009. In 2008, half the global increase in insolvencies resulted from financial restrictions whereas in 2009 the main factor has been the economic recession.

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The population pyramid is upside-down

Nov 12, 2009 | Allianz SE

World's population expected to reach nine billion by 2050 / Allianz addresses "aging of society" issue / New international demographic trends / Life experience more valuable than ever / Politicians, governments and every individual need to work on long-term strategies

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