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Swiss Re’s List of Emerging Risks Range from Blockchain Tech to Human Cyborgs

A fragmented Internet, continued experimentation with monetary policy and another round of economic crises in emerging markets top Swiss Re’s latest roundup of emerging risks to watch out for. Beyond those top three, the reinsurance giant covers everything from human-induced …

International Insurers Still Reluctant to Provide Cover for Iran Oil Cargoes

Oil companies looking to steal a jump on rivals in the race to benefit from Iran’s emergence from Western sanctions risk having tankers left in limbo by international insurers’ continued reluctance to provide cover. While companies jockey for position after …

Gasoline Imports Easier to Insure than Crude Exports in Post-Sanctions Iran

Major oil firms and trade houses are gradually resuming energy trading with Iran but efforts remain very cautious and often face huge legal obstacles, meaning a post-sanctions return to full-scale activity will take weeks if not months. Trading sources told …

Insurance Placement Difficulties Delay Iranian Crude Exports to Europe

Efforts by Iran to start exporting oil to Europe are being held up as foreign tanker owners are still struggling to secure insurance for cargoes, leading shipping players said on Tuesday. A nuclear deal between world powers and Iran earlier this month …

Global Insurers Explore Opportunities in Iran; Market Worth Premiums of $7.4B

Global insurance firms are circling Iran for business opportunities following the lifting of sanctions – and the first test of their appetite could come in March when some Iranian companies seek new cover. Insurers, the reinsurers that share their risk and the …

XL Catlin Applies for License to Open Reinsurance Branch in India

XL Catlin announced it has begun the licensing process to establish a reinsurance branch in India. The decision to pursue market entry into India aligns with XL Catlin’s strategy of establishing a presence in emerging and developing markets where economic …

QBE Insurance Opens Kuala Lumpur Office to Boost Malaysia Business Prospects

QBE Insurance Malaysia has opened a new office in the heart of Kuala Lumper city, expanding the company’s branch network in the country to a total of 15 locations, across eight states. QBE Insurance Malaysia, which is part of the …

Emerging Markets Are Growth Engines for Re/Insurance Industry: Swiss Re Report 

The global economy is expected to strengthen moderately next year, which will support insurance premium growth in most regions, according to Swiss Re’s latest publication titled “Global insurance review 2015 and outlook 2016/17.” Demand for non-life insurance is expected to …

Emerging Economies to Face Difficult Stress Test: Willis Political Risk Index

“Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe top a list of 40 politically risky territories and destinations for foreign investment,” according to a report from Willis Group Holdings. The findings appear in the latest edition of the Willis Political Risk Index, which is …

Pension, Insurance & Sovereign Funds Scale Back Emerging Markets’ Investments

Big pension, insurance and sovereign funds may be scaling back investments in emerging markets amid disappointing returns and a darkening outlook for the sector. These deep-pocketed funds — global pension assets alone are worth over $35 trillion — are relatively recent …