Teetering on the risk-reward tightrope-Switzerland

Adapting to rapid economic change, the need for a more innovative and supportive approach from insurers to deal with emerging risks and the value of long-term partnerships were key topics of discussion during the Swiss Risk Frontiers roundtable. Commercial Risk Europe Editor Adrian Ladbury reports from another lively discussion in this pan-European project that is sponsored by XL Insurance and will be published and discussed further at the Malta International Risk and Insurance Congress at the end of this month.

The softer side of risk-Raj Singh

The softer side of risk-Raj Singh

The softer side of risk-Raj Singh

As corporate risk and insurance managers try to work out how to help their companies manage their way out of the crisis, risk managers within insurance companies face equally big challenges that are remarkably similar. Adrian Ladbury asked Raj Singh, CRO of Swiss Re, about the impact of the recent crisis on the future of risk management in the insurance industry, regulation and emerging risks.

Back on track-with Fred Kleiterp

Back on track-with Fred Kleiterp

Back on track-with Fred Kleiterp

The full year 2009 results reported by Swiss Re in mid-February of this year marked a welcome return to relative normality for the Zurich-based group after a terrible 2008 when it was hammered by impairments from its structured products and mark to market losses on corporate bond hedges, saw its share price and shareholders’ equity plummet and was forced to borrow from Berkshire Hathaway to bridge the impasse. Adrian Ladbury discussed what this means for major insurance buyers with Fred Kleiterp, Head of the Group’s growing European primary corporate insurance business.

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