News & Commentary

The Trump effect injects financial uncertainty

Barring an almighty bust-up at the Republication Convention, Trump v Clinton will be the battleground in the US Presidential election this November.

Global Insurance Trends 17.05.2016

This week, first quarter results were dominated by majors: Allianz, Generali, Zurich and Berkshire Hathaway, just to name a few.

Global high-yield defaults to rise further in 2016

The global high-yield default rate will rise to reach 5% in November this year, according to Moody’s Investors Service forecasts.

Generali cites financial headwinds for Q1 fall in life sales

Italian insurer Generali blamed “poor financial market conditions” for a 6.9% Q1 fall in new life business, year on year, to €1.3bn (£1bn, $1.5bn).

Zurich reports drop in net profits for Q1 2016

Zurich Insurance Group reported a drop in net profits for the first quarter, after operating profits fell 23% in general insurance and a marginal decrease in the company’s Global Life business.

Argentina – a short term fling?

How do they do it? Argentina came back into the international debt markets last month with a substantially over-subscribed issue.


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