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RESEARCH LIBRARY

Canada Economic Outlook

Canadian economic data releases continue to surprise on the upside. Overall, real GDP in 2017 is projected to expand by a sturdy 2.9%, up from 1.5% in 2016, before slowing again to (still-above-trend) 1.9% in 2018. Due to the recent faster-than-expected growth, the Bank of Canada (BoC) now sees the output gap closing before year-end 2017, and thus is projected to hike rates one more time this year, most likely in October, followed by three increases next year. However, the uncertainty around the pace and quantity of hikes in 2018 is quite high and depends on the path of inflation in the near term.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

US Economic Outlook

Economic activity in the US continues to expand moderately. Most forward-looking indicators remain positive. In particular, both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing PMIs continue to indicate expansion. Moreover, stable job and wage growth along with high consumer confidence remain supportive of consumer spending. However, uncertainty from policy risks acts as a headwind. We project real GDP will advance by 2.1% in 2017, and 2.2% in 2018.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

China Economic Outlook Quarterly

China had real GDP growth of 6.9% in 2Q17, higher than the market expectation of 6.8%. Growth was supported by strong infrastructure investment, manufacturing production and retail sales.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

sigma 3 2017

World insurance in 2016: the China growth engine steams ahead

The global primary insurance market grew solidly in the past year and China made the most significant contribution. Nevertheless, advanced markets remain the biggest in premium volume terms. A feature of the growth of China and other selected markets has been a strong increase in the share of online purchases of insurance. More broadly, however, the pace of development of digital distribution in insurance has varied across different markets and in some, agents and brokers remain dominant, the latest sigma says.

Type: Article

Future.Talk 1 / 2017

Future.Talk 1 / 2017 The Current InsurTech Landscape: Conference summary

What are the new InsurTech business models of the future? The first of 2017's Future Talks by the Institute of Insurance Economics of the University of St. Gallen (I.VW-HSG), in collaboration with the Swiss Re Institute, revealed the findings of their study at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. The panel was moderated by Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun, member of the executive board of I.VW-HSG.

Type: Conference Summary

IVW The Current InsurTech Landscape - Conference video

IVW The Current InsurTech Landscape: Business Models and Disruptive Potential

How can established insurance companies take on the challenge of new disruptive business models? Is there a way to model the future of InsurTech? Experts from the Institute of Insurance Economics of the University of St. Gallen (I.VW-HSG), in collaboration with the Swiss Re Institute, revealed the findings of their new study at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue.

Type: Video

Alexander Braun, I.VW-HSG, on InsurTech business models

Alexander Braun, I.VW-HSG, on InsurTech business models

Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun, member of the executive board of I.VW-HSG, is the co-author of the report "The Current InsurTech Landscape: Business Models and Disruptive Potential" and moderated the panel discussion at the IVW Future Talk event in cooperation with the Swiss Re Institute at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue.

Type: Video

Minh Q. Tran, AXA Strategic Ventures, on investing in InsurTech

Minh Q. Tran, AXA Strategic Ventures, on investing in InsurTech

Minh Q. Tran, General Partner, AXA Strategic Ventures, presented "Investing in the InsurTech Space: Challenges and Opportunities?" at the IVW Future Talk event in cooperation with the Swiss Re Institute at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue.

Type: Video

European Economic Advisory Group

Populism and Economic Policy event: EEAG report 2017

With Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and a series of European elections, populism and political risk has moved to centre stage. The implications could be significant for the global re/insurance industry, particularly if recent gains from globalisation are reversed. To mark the launch of a report by the European Economic Advisory Group, the Swiss Re Institute hosted a conference with leading European economists to discuss the economic effects of populist politics. Watch the video below.

Type: Conference Summary

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