Posts Tagged ‘macroeconomic’



June 13th, 2018

Getting Practical with Emerging Risks

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containersWidespread political volatility and rapid technological advances are spurring companies to question not just their resilience, but also their fitness for purpose in the new world order. Yet, many companies are unsure what practical steps they should be taking with regard to major strategic uncertainties and potential shocks.

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February 27th, 2018

Three Takeaways from Global Risks Report 2018

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grr2018-cover_hirescroppedMarsh & McLennan, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, launched the 13th edition of the Global Risks Report. The report offers a rich perspective on the major threats to global prosperity. The global risks landscape is being shaped by the extraordinary pace of change, characterized by rapid technological advances (such as AI and automation) on the one hand, and seismic shifts in the political and geopolitical landscape on the other.

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February 13th, 2018

Association of Financial Professionals/Marsh & McLennan Risk Survey Report: 2018

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Finance and treasury professionals are looking to adopt technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotic process automation, but few are prepared for the new business risks that may be associated with these technologies - especially cyber, business operations and regulatory risks.

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January 29th, 2018

Getting practical with Emerging Risks

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containersWidespread political volatility and rapid technological advances are spurring companies to question not just their resilience, but also their fitness for purpose in the new world order. Yet, many companies are unsure what practical steps they should be taking with regard to major strategic uncertainties and potential shocks.

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January 23rd, 2018

Global Risks Report 2018: Building Resiliency, Finding Opportunity

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grr2018-cover_hirescroppedThe velocity of political and technological change is compelling organizations to strengthen their resilience against shocks and surprises.

The 13th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, undertaken in partnership with Marsh & McLennan Companies, examines the evolving macro-level risk landscape and highlights the systemic threats that may disrupt expectations.

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December 20th, 2017

Industry in investor “sweet spot”

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richard-hewitt-smiling-smRichard Hewitt, Head of Business Intelligence, EMEA

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  • Insurers bucking standard competitive cycle response
  • Current dynamics look set to continue for long term in spite of recent catastrophe losses
  • Investor appeal will remain strong

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December 14th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part IV

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rains_david-5-2015-sm5mparker-sm5David A. Rains, Managing Director and Healthcare and Life Specialty Leader and Michael R. Parker, Managing Director, Senior Business Development Broker

It is likely that the enduring differentiators among companies selling variable annuities will be how they access customers and the experience they provide to customers. Rapidly concentrating market shares will favor insurers with modular product design and management, with clean components that can be separately capitalized or reinsured as needed to optimize capital usage.

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December 13th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part III

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rains_david-5-2015-sm4mparker-sm4David A. Rains, Managing Director and Healthcare and Life Specialty Leader and Michael R. Parker, Managing Director, Senior Business Development Broker

Next generation products will soon arrive to deliver the guaranteed retirement solutions today’s workforce needs and which variable annuities with guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefits currently address, albeit in overly complicated products.

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December 12th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part II

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rains_david-5-2015-sm3mparker-sm3David A. Rains, Managing Director and Healthcare and Life Specialty Leader and Michael R. Parker, Managing Director, Senior Business Development Broker

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In the meantime, this complexity and the difficulty in explaining variable annuities to consumers has heavily slanted sales toward expensive, commission-based channels more comfortable with products that are “sold, not bought.” Yet, as has been the historic trend for other financial products and services, demand for simpler, more transparent annuity products that encourage value shopping will be essential in driving future growth. This should favor easy-to-understand, fee-based product designs that investors buy rather than commission-based products agents must sell.

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