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Nov 2014

Special Feature

Underwriting focus - Harnessing social media data for enhanced underwriting effectiveness

Mr Vijai S Raghunathan, Mr Abhishek Mishra and Mr Vinodh Stephen Stanley of Cognizant Business Consulting, look at harnessing social data to analyse different risk-related aspects of a customer.

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New business: Casualty insurance - Urbanisation: Implications for casualty insurance in emerging markets

To reap the benefits of the urbanisation trend, Mr Yves-Daniel Cochand and Mr Amit Kalra from Swiss Re urge insurers to follow city-centric and regional strategies and continuously strengthen their models to incorporate ever-growing risk exposures.

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Marine spotlight: Underwriters can be their own worst enemies

At the IUMI 2014 conference, delegates were told why marine underwriters are sometimes their "own worst enemies".

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Life focus - Southeast Asia's developing life insurance markets

Mr Peter Tan of RGA Reinsurance Company looks at the needs of the day and the trends in Southeast Asia's life and health markets.

Broker focus: Establishing a native global broker in Japan

UIB owes its very existence to the Japanese insurance market. Mr Bassem Kabban of UIB Holdings gives us an insight into the group's history in Japan as well as its endeavours to establish a native global broker there.

Broker focus: The changing landscape of reinsurance broking

The difficulty of managing both clients' and reinsurers' demands and expectations is not new. But they have become more challenging in recent times, says Mr Julian Robert Hodge of Pana Harrison (Asia) Pte Ltd.

Investment & asset management in insurance: Strategic asset allocation for Asia-Pacific life insurers

Mr Fred Ngan of EY Hong Kong explains how life insurers in Asia Pacific can optimise their strategic asset allocation as the investment, regulatory and market landscapes continue to evolve.

CIO summit focus: Impact of technology - Online comparison portals: New partners for Asia's insurance industry

Mr Maximilian Springer of explains how online comparison portals are helping to shape the future of the insurance industry in Asia.

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CIO summit focus: Impact of technology - Coordinating the chaos of insurance customer communications

Customers are communicating with insurers through numerous channels and platforms. Mr Johnny Lu from GMC Software Technology advises insurers to adopt a "ninja-like" customer communication management strategy to boost their business' top line.

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Corporate profile: AXIS Capital: Celebrating 10 years in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region

I had the opportunity to sit down with Mr Albert Benchimol, President & CEO of AXIS Capital, at this year's Rendez-vous in Monte Carlo to discuss the firm's Singapore branch, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. During our time, Mr Benchimol shared with me his observations about the Asia Pacific insurance and reinsurance markets over the past decade, as well as where AXIS Specialty Ltd in Singapore fits into the larger footprint of its parent company. By Dawn Sit

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