Political violence insurance slow to take off in Zimbabwe despite protests

Political violence insurance slow to take off in Zimbabwe despite protests

Political violence insurance slow to take off in Zimbabwe despite protests

Persuading firms to buy political risk insurance in Zimbabwe has proved challenging, according to one leading insurer. Alice Shumba, executive director – operations at FBC Reinsurance, said: “We have been championing political violence insurance but there were no takers.” She said she was not sure whether it was a case of insureds and risk managers not fully understanding how the…

Political risks increase across Africa

Political risks increase across Africa

Political risks increase across Africa

Political risk is mostly increasing across Africa, according to the latest report from Gallaghers. In its quarterly outlook, it highlights seven Sub Saharan African countries where the threat of political risks is on the increase, compared to just three countries where the risk is declining. The riskier countries in July (compared to January) include Burkino Faso, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic…

Aon, Chubb and Lloyd’s team up for $500m global terrorism policy

Aon, Chubb and Lloyd’s team up for $500m global terrorism policy

Aon, Chubb and Lloyd’s team up for $500m global terrorism policy

Aon, Chubb and Lloyd’s have collaborated to bring a new terrorism and political violence insurance product to multinational buyers. The companies said the new Platinum policy offers buyers “unprecedented” limits of up to $500m per policy on standalone terrorism coverage. Insureds can also add liability, non-damage business interruption and cyber cover. Aon said the policy will provide globally-admitted cover using…

GDP at risk from geopolitical and security threats in leading cities up 16%

GDP at risk from geopolitical and security threats in leading cities up 16%

GDP at risk from geopolitical and security threats in leading cities up 16%

Annual GDP under threat from geopolitical and security risks to the world’s largest cities rose by 16% in the past year, according to research by the Centre for Risk Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Its 2018 Global Risk Index, upon which the Lloyd’s City Risk Index published this week is based, the centre finds that interstate conflict, which…

Aon’s 2018 maps show political violence and risk on the rise

Aon’s 2018 maps show political violence and risk on the rise

Aon’s 2018 maps show political violence and risk on the rise

Political violence risk has increased worldwide for the third year in a row, while broader political risk is also up, according to analysis by Aon. The broker’s newly released 2018 political risk, terrorism and political violence risk maps also suggest that the global threat posed by Islamic State (IS) has peaked, with its reach likely to fall in 2018. Political…

European commercial rates fall despite first global increase for five years: Marsh

European commercial rates fall despite first global increase for five years: Marsh

European commercial rates fall despite first global increase for five years: Marsh

Global commercial insurance rates rose for the first time in five years during the last quarter of 2017, almost exclusively due to a rise in property premiums, according to Marsh’s Global Insurance Market Index. But while rates were up 0.9% in the UK, they fell by 1.1% on average in continental Europe despite the pace of decline slowing. Marsh said…

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Turbulence in political risk – particularly Brexit negotiations, trade protectionism and the North Korea missile crisis – will continue into 2018 and feature high on the agenda of multinationals, Marsh said on publishing its Political Risk Map 2018 with BMI Research. In Europe, the political risk landscape continues to be dominated by the UK’s exit from the European Union and…

Good service pays dividends as GIC Re South Africa continues growth trajectory

Good service pays dividends as GIC Re South Africa continues growth trajectory

Good service pays dividends as GIC Re South Africa continues growth trajectory

Good service, expertise and capacity have proved a winning formula for GIC Re South Africa, which has seen another year of growth despite challenging times in the South African insurance sector. Deepak Prasad, managing director and CEO of GIC Re South Africa, said: “Internationally, it has been very different from one market to another this year because of the global…

Unpredictable political leaders will cause ‘profound uncertainty’ in 2018, warns Control Risks

Unpredictable political leaders will cause ‘profound uncertainty’ in 2018, warns Control Risks

Unpredictable political leaders will cause ‘profound uncertainty’ in 2018, warns Control Risks

Risk managers and business will face “profound uncertainty” in 2018, as increasingly unpredictable behaviour from a rising number of national political leaders ushers in a period of geopolitical fragility, according to Control Risks’ 2018 RiskMap. The annual political and security risk map, published this week, warns that such behaviour is making it extremely difficult for companies to plan ahead. It…

West Africa looks buoyant for 2018

West Africa looks buoyant for 2018

West Africa looks buoyant for 2018

Political uncertainty ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential elections and ongoing security concerns are among the key risks for businesses operating in the region, according to Control Risks. However, in its annual political and security risk forecast RiskMap, the report authors found that as Nigeria exits the recession of 2017, investor sentiment across west Africa is likely to experience uplift in…

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