Corporate debt dynamics increase risk of hard landing for China’s economy

Corporate debt dynamics increase risk of hard landing for China’s economy

Corporate debt dynamics increase risk of hard landing for China’s economy

Recent efforts by the Chinese government to cushion its economic slowdown, partly sparked by the trade dispute with the US, by cutting taxes and easing monetary policy, are forcing corporate debt levels up again and will make it more difficult to avoid an economic hard landing in the medium term, according to trade credit insurer Atradius. The has insurer published…

New credit and political risk underwriter for Canopius Asia-Pacific

New credit and political risk underwriter for Canopius Asia-Pacific

New credit and political risk underwriter for Canopius Asia-Pacific

Global specialty (re)insurer Canopius has appointed Jamie Jeffers as underwriter, credit and political risk, Canopius Asia-Pacific. The appointment is effective from 9 September 2019. Mr Jeffers will join Canopius from Willis Towers Watson, where he served as executive director, financial solutions – credit and political risk. He will be based in Singapore and will report to Yann Marmonier, head of…

Insurance costs to rise as two more tankers hit in Gulf of Oman

Insurance costs to rise as two more tankers hit in Gulf of Oman

Insurance costs to rise as two more tankers hit in Gulf of Oman

Two further torpedo attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that left one vessel ablaze and both adrift are likely to drive insurance rates up and persuade marine and energy insurers to tighten conditions, according to international law firm DWF. The likely total value of goods involved in the latest attacks is about $65m, according to risk management…

Australian mining firm wins $55m insurance payout

Australian mining firm wins $55m insurance payout

Australian mining firm wins $55m insurance payout

Kingsgate Consolidated, an Australian mining firm, has been awarded a $55m payout from a political risk policy it has with Zurich Insurance Australia, over the closure of its goldmine in Thailand. The goldmine, based in Chatree in the Thai provinces of Phichit and Phetchabun, is the largest in Thailand, with more than 1,000 employees. It was shut down in December…

China and North Korea adding to new levels of political risk, warns Marsh

China and North Korea adding to new levels of political risk, warns Marsh

China and North Korea adding to new levels of political risk, warns Marsh

Multinationals face “unprecedented uncertainty” caused by growing political risk, Marsh warned on publishing its Political Risk Map 2019. Marsh added that trade disputes, protectionism and geopolitical tensions have created an “unstable” environment for multinational companies with direct foreign investment. The updated Political Risk Map uses data from Fitch Solutions to rate more than 200 countries’ political, economic and operational stability.…

BGC completes Ed Broking buy

BGC completes Ed Broking buy

BGC completes Ed Broking buy

Broker BGC has completed the acquisition of Lloyd’s broker Ed Broking Group, which will now become part of BGC’s insurance division that was formed in 2017 with the acquisition of Besso Insurance Group. CEO of Ed Broking Steve Hearn will become head of BGC’s insurance division and report directly to Shaun Lynn, president of BGC Partners. Ed Broking will add…

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