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Mutuals lead the way in support and resilience

The mutual insurance sector is leading the way globally in showing the insurance industry how it should be responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, says Shaun Tarbuck, chief executive of ICMIF, the global federation representing co-operative and mutual insurers.

Covid-19: Cutting through the Noise

As the economic uncertainty accelerates and the fallout continues, markets begin to take comfort from the actions of policymakers, our latest weekly update contains fresh key data and insights to explain these trends.

Ratings Agencies Start to Sound Alarm Bells

The major ratings agencies have been busy revising their outlooks for the major financial sectors and for individual firms in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. They have been cautious in their re-assessments but some will make uncomfortable reading for insurers.

Supporting insurers through the crisis

No events. No seminars. No roundtables. 

In short, there are few if any opportunities to exchange information, ideas and insights on how the Covid-19 pandemic will impact insurers’ balance sheets. But we do have the ability to do that digitally, given the wealth of data out there. The trouble is we are all being overwhelmed by information and are having to make huge adjustments to our lives alongside, making it difficult to distil what we really need.

Regulators respond to the crisis: impacts for insurers

Financial regulators around the world have recognised that the rapid escalation of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will require specific regulatory responses. For insurers, many of these have been quite prescriptive, especially on products and the need to ensure customers are treated fairly.

Hotel Brexit: You can check out but never leave

As the UK now moves inexorably towards the exit door from the European Union, reality will kick in says Erik Vynckier, Interim CEO, Foresters Friendly Society.


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