The world is an insurer’s oyster

The concept of a shrinking world is not a new one. As technology develops and travel is made faster and easier, the world’s markets are becoming closer and more connected. Insurers are now turning their attention to growth following the financial crisis and as global insurance companies recognise the increased competitiveness of developed markets, they are increasingly looking to a new wave of RGMs. For a long time the BRIC countries offered the most significant foreign growth opportunities, but new emergers such as Mexico and Indonesia are now starting to demonstrate real promise. China, of course, continues to play a dominant role in driving premium growth in international markets.

AE for Group Income Protection: Dutch Inspiration

In the second article of a landmark series to champion AE for GIP, Canada Life’s Paul Avis discusses with Editor Ellie Burns how we need to look to the success of the Netherlands, and how the Dutch model could be the answer to a stagnating product at risk of extinction, as well as the answer to a complex welfare system which is repeatedly missing the mark.

Under the Radar? Insurance & Inflation Risk

Inflation risk exists across virtually all insurance companies’ balance sheets (both for life and non-life providers), as almost all assets are affected directly or indirectly by inflation expectations. Likewise, many insurance liabilities have a direct or indirect inflation link, be it for future administrative expenses or for claims (e.g., payment protection orders, life annuities, medical or legal claims). More importantly, unlike many other market risks insurance companies face, an increase in inflation expectations may cause both sides of the balance sheet to suffer. For example, high inflation may cause asset values to drop while causing liability values to rise.

3 Retiree Pitfalls In a Still-Lofty Market

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Lifestyle Actuary

The trappings of fast paced city lifestyles rarely take into account the charm and elegance that a room, a dinner or a cup of tea can afford; characteristics lost to a by-gone era of debutante balls and black tie for dinner.

The Luddite

Sam Richardson looks into the up and coming and the outgoing of the technology and gadgetry world in 2014.

Travelling Actuary

This month travelling Actuary Eve Hartridge gives us the lowdown on what is unmissable in Melbourne. Follow Eve on Twitter @allaboutevie

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