Expert Forum on the US Elections: Implications for the Global Insurance Industry

06 Jun 2017

Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland



Tuesday 6 June 2017


Welcome address and opening remarks
Jeffrey Bohn, Director Swiss Re Institute


Analysing the developments since the US election: implications for US domestic and foreign policy
Elaine Kamarck, Director of the Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution and Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


The power of fake news: Navigating a world where misinformation runs rampant
Jonathan Albright, Research Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Part 1
Part 2


Coffee break


Financial services sector reform in the US: Are happy days here again?
Michael Bacon, Regional Head Americas, Principal Investments & Acquisitions, Swiss Re


Scenarios for the global insurance industry
Kurt Karl, Chief Economist, Swiss Re


Panel discussion
Moderator: Jeffrey Bohn

Jonathan Albright
Michael Bacon
Elaine Kamarck
Kurt Karl


Wrap up and end



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Photos by Valeriano Di Domenico

About the event

The election of Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman who never before held elected office, surprised much of America and the rest of the world. After emerging victorious from a contentious and divisive race that featured explosive tweets, mass rallies, and bold campaign promises, President Trump began his term in office with just as much controversy. While facing allegations of Russian hacking of the election results, he attacked mainstream media outlets for reporting "fake news", and signed executive orders on immigration that created confusion and prompted immediate court challenges.

As governments around the world adjust to the new leader of the free world, they are closely monitoring his positions on foreign trade and taxation, as well as just what "Make America Great Again!" means for them. Meanwhile, the private sector is taking note of his tough stance on companies that send jobs overseas and his plans to loosen regulations in order to stimulate economic growth. The insurance industry never anticipated that the first major legislature initiative of the new administration, the repeal of Obamacare, would evaporate before it was even put to a vote.

Swiss Re Institute was pleased to host this event at the Centre for Global Dialogue, where experts on presidential politics, media, regulation and economics shared their views on how President Trump's policies are likely to play out on the world stage. Swiss Re experts weighed in on how the insurance industry might fare under President Trump.