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Negative Interest Rates Described as ‘Dirt Sandwich’ for Insurers, Asset Managers

Central bankers globally need to realize the risks that extreme monetary policies will backfire, according to Voya Financial Inc.’s Karyn Cavanaugh. “Negative rates are turning out to be a dirt sandwich, especially for Japan,” Cavanaugh, who works as senior market …

Europe Insurers’ Stress Tests Could Lead to Higher Capital Requirements

European insurers, whose profits are being eroded by Mario Draghi’s* quantitative easing program, face a stress test headache that risks requiring them to set aside more capital, further hurting their ability to make money. The timing of the regulator’s “stress …

Post-Brexit Market Rout Deepens UK Corporate Pension Deficits

Record low gilt yields following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union are deepening UK pension deficits, worsening a headache for domestic companies which may be called upon to help fill the gap. Several years of ultra-low British interest rates …

Global Insurance Premiums up 3.8% in 2015, Despite Trade Slowdown: Swiss Re

Despite a challenging business environment and global trade slowdown in 2015, global direct premiums written grew by 3.8 percent in real terms, up from 3.5 percent in 2014, according to Swiss Re’s latest sigma report. However, in nominal US dollar …

European Insurers Look to Hoarding Cash After Brexit Vote

Investors will consider hoarding cash in vaults as government bond yields fall deeper into negative territory following the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, according to Talanx AG, Germany’s third-biggest insurer. “Storing physical cash as an alternative to paying …

Swiss Re Hikes Corporate Debt Holdings, Cuts Risky Government Bonds

The European Central Bank has turned government bonds into one of the riskiest asset classes, prompting Swiss Re AG to move more of its investments into corporate debt, according to the reinsurer’s chief investment officer. “If you’re looking for a …

Ongoing Soft Market Tops Reinsurers’ Concerns: Xuber Survey

Soft market conditions continue to be the biggest concern for the industry, followed by regulation, competition from third party capital, low investment returns, cyber crime and maintaining underwriting discipline, according to a survey completed by Xuber, the insurance software business …

Munich Re to Spend $1.1B by 2020 to Restructure Primary Insurance Unit

Munich Re, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer, plans to spend 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) by 2020 restructuring operations at its loss-making primary insurance unit in Germany. The plan for ERGO’s German operations includes cutting 1,835 jobs, or about 13 percent …

Dutch Insurer NN Group Plans to Buy Back Shares Worth $559 Million

NN Group NV, the second-biggest Dutch insurer, said it will buy back as much as 500 million euros ($559 million) of shares over the 12 months from June as it returns excess capital to investors. First-quarter operating profit was little …

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 …