Magazine

Jan 2015

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Interviews


Principal Financial: Retirements to breathe new life into emerging economies

Amid signals that Asia's economic growth is starting to lose steam, well-devised retirement pension systems could provide the key to sustain long-term GDP growth, says Mr Larry Zimpleman, Chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group. By Gregory Taylor, AIR correspondent, Northeast Asia

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Everest Re: Pricing is a big concern for the industry

Mr Dominic Addesso, President & CEO of Everest Re shares with us his views on the issues that the industry will have to continue to tackle in the coming year as well as their plans for expansion in Asia and Europe. By Dawn Sit

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Lloyd's: Naïve capital poses risk in Asia

Lloyd's Vincent Vandendael tell us about the challenges of opportunistic capital flowing into Asia and the need to improve insurance awareness. By Ridwan Abbas

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AXA: Awareness on disaster management improving, but more still to be done

Ms Gaëlle Olivier, CEO of AXA General Insurance in Asia notes that the impact of climate change and natural disasters is particularly acute in Asia, and is estimated to have cost roughly 2% of the region's GDP in recent times. She stresses that insurers have a role to protect and better manage these disaster risks. By Ridwan Abbas

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Aon Benfield: "The market will be what it is"

Excess capacity or not, what is important is for intermediaries to continue building up capabilities to remain at the forefront of discussions and to continue being the adviser clients turn to, says Mr Eric Andersen, Aon Benfield CEO. By Benjamin Ang

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Swiss Re: Prevention better than cure

Asia Insurance Review speaks to Swiss Re Life & Health executives, Mr Thierry Leger and Ms Marianne Gilchrist, who provide new ways of thinking as the industry deals with challenges such as ageing and medical inflation. By Ridwan Abbas

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Munich Re: Infrastructure underwriting needs solid foundations

With a host of government-driven infrastructure projects pointing to a very positive outlook for infrastructure insurance in Asia, Mr Christoph Hoch, Chief Executive for Greater China and CEO of Munich Re's Hong Kong office, told Asia Insurance Review that risk commensurate pricing is paramount when taking such risks on the books. Mr Roman Boos, senior underwriter for special and financial risks, Munich Re, also shares how the company is able to provide coverage for unplanned cost increases in construction projects, a first in the industry. By Gregory Taylor, AIR correspondent, Northeast Asia

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DBS: A partnership you can bank on

Banks are playing an increasingly important role in the insurance industry. Mr Rick Vargo, Managing Director of Bancassurance, DBS, shares his thoughts on growing the business, the trend he sees in the channel, and why the right partnership is like a marriage.

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