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AGCS Safety and Shipping Review 2018: Freaky Fridays

Allianz-AGCS Safety and Shipping Review 2018
Jul 18, 2018 | Allianz SE

Fridays are the days to look forward to, but not if you’re a sailor. Freaky Fridays, the new Bermuda Triangle, the unluckiest ship and a lot more is on the radar in the Safety & Shipping Review 2018 by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)...

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The Natural Cost of Business

Allianz-Allianz report: Failure to manage natural resources brings increasing interruption and liability risks for businesses
Jul 05, 2018 | Allianz SE

Think that depletion of natural resources hurts only individuals? Think again. Companies are at risk too. A new report by AGCS identifies the sectors most vulnerable to natural capital risks...

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Euler Hermes oil price scenarios: Look beyond geopolitics

Allianz-Euler Hermes oil price outlook: Look beyond geopolitics
Jun 19, 2018 | Allianz SE

Oil price strength in the second quarter of 2018 has been driven by geopolitics, in particular heightened tension in Syria and in the Middle East, and subsequently the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Hence, the EH model confirms that the market is now being driven by concerns over geopolitically induced supply shortages that may or may not materialize.

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Allianz report: Failure to manage natural resources brings increasing interruption and liability risks for businesses

Allianz-Allianz report: Failure to manage natural resources brings increasing interruption and liability risks for businesses
Jun 12, 2018 | Allianz SE

Natural resources such as clean air and fresh water are vital for businesses – and at the same time massively at risk across many industry sectors today. Failure to manage the earth’s natural resources or “natural capital” has consequences that extend beyond direct effects on the environment. For businesses, it can also bring new interruption and liability scenarios which can wipe out profits and impact business models, as resource scarcity, regulatory action and pressure from communities and wider society grows, warns AGCS in a new report.

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Protectionism – Euler Hermes expects less than 0.5 pp increase in world import tariffs

Allianz-Protectionism – Euler Hermes expects less than 0.5 pp increase in world import tariffs
May 11, 2018 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes's latest analysis on protectionism: “Trade Games, Trade Feud or Trade War?” evaluates the impact of higher U.S. tariffs on global trade in 2018 and 2019. It defines three scenarios based on the rise of the average U.S. import tariff and different levels of retaliation among major trade partners.

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Insurance markets 2017: 80 percent of growth comes from emerging economies

Allianz-Insurance markets 2017: 80 percent of growth comes from emerging economies
Apr 26, 2018 | Allianz SE

According to projections by Allianz Research, the global premium volume last year rose to a new record sum of 3.66 trillion euros (excluding health insurance). Compared to 2016, the nominal increase adjusted for exchange rate effects is 3.7 percent.

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Euler Hermes' Q1 2018 country risk ratings: 5 upgrades and 3 downgrades

Allianz-Euler Hermes' Q1 2018 country risk ratings: 5 upgrades and 3 downgrades
Apr 05, 2018 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes, the worldwide leader in credit insurance, publishes its Q1 2018 country and sector risks ratings. Euler Hermes monitors 242 countries and territories using about 40 short-term and medium-term indicators to measure the risk of payment disruptions in a given country that are outside the control of companies. Overall, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt and Russia’s ratings were upgraded, while Romania, Algeria and Tunisia’s ratings were downgraded. 

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Allianz AI Report: Rise of the robots brings benefits, but also new loss and liability scenarios

Allianz-Allianz Artificial Intelligence Report
Mar 22, 2018 | Allianz SE

In a new report, insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) identifies both the benefits and emerging risk concerns around the growing implementation of AI in society and industry, including in the insurance sector. AI, also referred to as machine learning, is essentially software that is able to think and learn like a human. 

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Euro Monitor 2017: Economic tailwind but reluctance to reform

Allianz-Euro Monitor 2017: Economic tailwind but reluctance to reform
Mar 21, 2018 | Allianz SE

From an economic point of view, the eurozone could hardly be in better shape than it is today. The upswing seems likely to continue, the peak has just begun. This development is reflected in the results of this year's Euro Monitor, with which we measure the state of the euro economies on the basis of 20 indicators every year. 

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Enabling Digitalization Index 2018: Measuring digitagility

Allianz-Enabling Digitalization Index 2018: Measuring digitagility
Mar 15, 2018 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes presents its Enabling Digitalization Index (EDI) 2018, which illustrates each country’s ability to provide the necessary environment for business to succeed in an increasingly digitalized global economy. The United States, Germany and the Netherlands make the top three of the 2018 EDI ranking. 

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European Reunion: 10 ideas for a stronger Europe

Allianz-European Reunion: 10 ideas for a stronger Europe
Feb 21, 2018 | Allianz SE

The past decade has been rough for the European Union. EU’s big two, France and Germany, now have an opportunity to strengthen the region. Allianz Research offers 10 ideas...

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Dangerous Distractions

Allianz-Dangerous Distractions
Feb 09, 2018 | Allianz SE

When it comes to road safety, in-car technology is proving to be more dangerous than alcohol in many countries as it distracts drivers from keeping a careful eye on the road, finds a study by Allianz Center for Technology (AZT)...

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Western Europe the good pupil in debt collection, shows Euler Hermes report

Allianz-Western Europe the good pupil in debt collection, shows Euler Hermes report
Feb 01, 2018 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes’ “2018 Collection Complexity Score and Rating” aims at measuring the level of complexity relating to international debt collection procedures within each of the 50 countries taken into consideration. Three main factors were analyzed: local payment practices, local court proceedings and local insolvency proceedings. It therefore provides a simple assessment of debt collection proceedings in each country, helping to support decisions and manage expectations when trading internationally.

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Risk Barometer 2018: Business interruption and cyber incidents dominate risk landscape in 2018

Allianz-Risk Barometer 2018: Business interruption and cyber incidents dominate risk landscape in 2018
Jan 16, 2018 | Allianz SE

They take aim at the backbone of the connected economy and, when they strike, can jeopardize the success, or even the existence, of companies of every size and sector. Business interruption (#1 with 42 percent of responses / #1 in 2017) and Cyber incidents (#2 with 40 percent of responses, up from #3 in 2017) are this year’s top business risks globally, according to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2018.

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Politically Correct: Risks from Populism

Allianz-Politically Correct: Risks from Populism
Jan 10, 2018 | Allianz SE

Rising populism in politics is making the economic environment uncertain. Companies must gear up to cope with the risk of sudden political and legal shocks, writes expert Katinka Barysch...

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The Truth About Germany and France

Allianz-The Truth About Germany and France
Jan 04, 2018 | Allianz SE

As with many topics, misconceptions abound about Europe’s big two economies – Germany and France. In a note, Allianz Economic Research busts seven of the biggest myths...

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Risk Trends 2018

Allianz-Risk Trends 2018
Jan 03, 2018 | Allianz SE

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) will release the Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 this month. Which rising risk is threatening companies more than ever and giving experts sleepless nights? 

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Euler Hermes: Finally, good news on global trade

Allianz-Euler Hermes: Finally, good news on global trade
Nov 23, 2017 | Allianz SE

After years in the doldrums, global trade has finally caught a decent tailwind. After an increase of 4.3 percent this year global trade could expand by 3.9 percent in volume next year. This would represent an increase in value of 6.3 percent and 7.5 percent, projects Allianz.

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Euler Hermes: Cautious optimism forecast for Russian economy in 2018

Allianz-Euler Hermes: Cautious optimism forecast for Russian economy in 2018
Oct 27, 2017 | Allianz SE

Russian gross domestic product (GDP) is set to grow by 1.9 percent, the oil price will move to $56 per barrel, Russian exports are set to increase by $26 billion, and both insolvencies and the negative impact of international sanctions on investment will decline in 2018, forecasts Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer. With this background demand for trade credit insurance is set to grow.

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Follow the Money

Allianz-Follow the Money
Oct 09, 2017 | Allianz SE

Still wary of the stock markets after the global financial crisis, private investors are parking their funds in banks. But inflation and low interest rates are eroding their savings, warns the Allianz Global Wealth Report…

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Allianz Global Wealth Report: Recovery in turbulent times

Allianz-Allianz Global Wealth Report: Recovery in turbulent times
Sep 27, 2017 | Allianz SE

Allianz unveiled the eighth edition of its "Global Wealth Report", which puts the asset and debt situation of households in more than 50 countries under the microscope. 2016 was politically a very turbulent year, but private wealth shrugged it off: 

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The Ascent of Money

Allianz-The Ascent of Money
Sep 27, 2017 | Allianz SE

Despite all evidence to the contrary, the “average” person is better off today than 16 years ago, according to the Allianz Global Wealth Report...

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Poll Position

Allianz-Poll Position
Sep 21, 2017 | Allianz SE

Few can deny that Chancellor Angela Merkel has benefited from Germany’s recent economic prosperity. But as elections near, it’s important to remember that measures are still required to enhance the country’s growth potential…

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Top Gear

Allianz-Top Gear
Sep 14, 2017 | Allianz SE

Worldwide vehicle sales are set to pass a milestone in 2019 when, for the first time, more than 100 million cars are expected to be sold in a year... 

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Global vehicle sales to reach 100 million in 2019 as innovation drives major change

Allianz-Global vehicle sales to reach 100 million in 2019 as innovation drives major change
Sep 12, 2017 | Allianz SE

China and India are in pole position as the race intensifies for global vehicle sales in a rapidly shifting industry set to exceed 100 million annual sales in 2019, according to Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer.

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No-deal Brexit could wipe out £3.5bn in UK automotive exports

Allianz-Brexit: UK needs EU transition deal to prevent increase in business failures
Sep 04, 2017 | Allianz SE

UK automotive exports could fall by £3.5bn if a Brexit deal isn’t secured and ratified by March 2019, warns the global leader in trade credit insurance, Euler Hermes.

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Euler Hermes Economic Insight: A Breeze of Growth

Allianz-Euler Hermes Economic Insight: “A Breeze of Growth”
Aug 24, 2017 | Allianz SE

While global gross domestic product (GDP) growth accelerated to its highest level in two years in the first half of 2017, some of the world’s economic engines are out of sync, according Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer.

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Euler Hermes Economic Review: 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis

Allianz-Euler Hermes Economic Review: 10 years on from the Global Financial Crisis
Aug 14, 2017 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer, has issued an assessment of the progress the world has made a decade on from the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). “After one of the most tumultuous decades in both living memory and by any historical measure, we are seeing overall global stability and economic recovery finally beginning to gather steam,” said Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Euler Hermes.

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Euler Hermes Economic Insight: Will the Chinese consumer save the world?

Allianz-Will the Chinese consumer save the world?
Jul 31, 2017 | Allianz SE

The United States represents the largest final consumer market with nearly 30 percent of global household consumption. As it contemplates more protectionist policies, the world may have to find itself a substitute. China is a strong candidate thanks to its economic size and growth track record, according to a research note by Allianz.

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Economic insight: Politics and markets will reconnect

Allianz-Economic insight: Politics and markets will reconnect
Jul 14, 2017 | Allianz SE

Political risk is noticeably higher now than it has been in decades. But financial markets are rushing from one high to the next. What are the reasons for this disconnect? Allianz Economic Insight offers some answers...

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Euler Hermes: Despite its woes, Africa’s potential remains significant

Allianz-Euler Hermes: Despite its woes, Africa’s potential remains significant
Jul 10, 2017 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes, the global leader in trade credit insurance, recently presented its latest analysis on Africa’s economic performance at a ‘Risk Frontiers 2017’ conference in London. Highlights of the speech by Stéphane Colliac, chief economist for France and Africa with Euler Hermes.

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Euler Hermes economic outlook: Rise in late payments, major insolvencies

Allianz-Euler Hermes economic outlook: Rise in late payments, major insolvencies
Jul 06, 2017 | Allianz SE

Despite a new record being set for non-financial company cash hoarding, continued high payment delays and a sharp rise in major insolvencies (companies with > 50 million euros turnover) demonstrate that global economic momentum is not without its challenges, according Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer.

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Insurance Markets: Outlook 2027

Allianz-Insurance Markets: Outlook 2027
Jul 05, 2017 | Allianz SE

Recovery in the insurance market is on track, with global life and property and casualty premiums set to grow nearly 6 percent annually over the next decade, estimates an Allianz study

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United In Power

Allianz-United In Power
Jun 29, 2017 | Allianz SE

Despite political uncertainties, the UK and the U.S. remain attractive investment destinations for renewable energy, finds the Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor...

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State Of Two Nations

Allianz-State Of Two Nations
Jun 26, 2017 | Allianz SE

As Brexit looms, France and Germany are set to take the reins of the European Union’s future.  A study commissioned by Allianz gauges the current economic and political sentiment in the two nations...

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Brexit: UK needs EU transition deal to prevent increase in business failures

Allianz-Brexit: UK needs EU transition deal to prevent increase in business failures
Jun 22, 2017 | Allianz SE

A transition deal on goods and services between the United Kingdom and the European Union is needed to prevent a possible sharp rise in the number of UK business insolvencies in 2019, according to Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer.

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AGCS Safety and Shipping Review 2017

Allianz-AGCS Safety and Shipping Review 2017
Jun 13, 2017 | Allianz SE

Large shipping losses have declined by 50 percent over the past decade, largely driven by development of a more robust safety environment by ship-owners, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety & Shipping Review 2017.

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What Consumer 3.0 Really Wants

Allianz-What consumer 3.0 really wants
May 23, 2017 | Allianz SE

It’s not just online shopping but a customized and individual consumer experience that millennials and Gen Z shoppers want, says the Euler Hermes 'Retail, Disrupted: Pressure and Potential in the Digital Age' special report...

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Euler Hermes France 2017 Barometer: 2 out of 3 French companies to resume investing

Allianz-Euler Hermes France 2017 Barometer: 2 out of 3 French companies to resume investing
May 19, 2017 | Allianz SE

Euler Hermes interviewed more than 1,000 French small-medium enterprises and large businesses about their investment intentions, cash flow status and January-April 2017 order books. The fourth edition of the annual investment barometer provides an exclusive analysis of the current situation facing French companies, and of the demand and investment outlook for the next five years.

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The Dark Side of the Future

Allianz-Dark Side of the Future
May 09, 2017 | Allianz SE

Driverless cars, robots, 3D printing, borderless digital businesses and innovations such as drones all promise to transform our world, but are accompanied by unforeseeable risks. Allianz Global Claims Review does a reality check...

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Rising interest rates: Nothing to fear but fear itself

Allianz-Rising interest rates: Nothing to fear but fear itself
Apr 26, 2017 | Allianz SE

In its latest study, Allianz SE and Euler Hermes analyze the impact of monetary normalization on debt service payments of the private sector in the eurozone. In contrast to the public sector (and big companies), the bulk of smaller companies and households cannot shield themselves against rising rates by issuing long-term debt, locking in current ultra-low interest rate levels.

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Power Play

Allianz-Power Play
Apr 20, 2017 | Allianz SE

As the political landscape in the United States changes, China and India are poised to lead the renewable energy investments market, says the Allianz Climate & Energy Monitor...

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AGCS Global Claims Review 2017

Allianz-AGCS Claims Review
Mar 30, 2017 | Allianz SE

Modern corporate liability exposures can arise from a growing number of sources and have the potential to result in larger and more complex losses for businesses than ever before, warns Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in a new report 'Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus'.

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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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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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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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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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