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Technical Excellence – Principles and Practice

Published: Mon, 12 Apr 21

Technical excellence is a term that is often cited in insurance, and especially so in relation to AGCS’s international clients with their complex risk profiles. But while it is frequently used, what does it truly mean in this context? AGCS’ Chief Underwriting Officers, Renate Strasser and Tony Buckle, ...
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SAIA Bulletin -  March 2021

Published: Wed, 07 Apr 21

From the Desk of the Chief Executive: Viviene Pearson   In its report titled: Economic Conditions Outlook, March 2021, ...
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First edition of the Ombudsman’s Briefcase for 2021

Published: Tue, 06 Apr 21

In our first edition of the Ombudsman’s Briefcase for 2021 we take this opportunity to wish you a safe and prosperous year ahead. We face this year with a little more hope having emerged from a second wave of the coronavirus and with the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled-out. In this edition we look at insurance ...
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POPIA 101

Published: Thu, 01 Apr 21

All businesses with employees, customers and suppliers must comply with POPIA, which comes into effect on 1 July 2021. Here is a practical guide to the most important aspects   With the commencement date of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) of 1 July 2021 fast approaching, businesses ...
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Satrix scoops 10 SALTA awards including South Africa's favourite ETF

Published: Thu, 25 Mar 21

Satrix’s Top 40 ETF was yesterday named South Africa's favourite exchange-traded fund (ETF) for the fourth consecutive year at the 2021 South African Listed Tracker Funds Awards (SALTA). The index investment industry leader scooped 10 SALTA awards, with the wins coming just two weeks after Satrix was named ...
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Scenario planning for future disruptions

Published: Wed, 17 Mar 21

The Covid-19 global pandemic highlights the importance of business continuity planning for current and future operational disruptions. Good continuity management learnings – robust planning and honest supply chain de-risk assessments – help businesses better adapt when the next event arrives. Covid-19 ...
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SOCIAL INFLATION

Published: Wed, 17 Mar 21

Social inflation is challenging the liability environment for companies and impacting potential claims payments for insurers, driven by a wide variety of factors such as anti-corporate sentiment, the rise of the litigation funding industry and even the growing use of jury psychologists. And it is no longer just a ...
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THERE’S A STORM COMING: CLIMATE CHANGE

Published: Wed, 17 Mar 21

Businesses are entering a period of huge policy and regulatory change as the world steps up its efforts to combat global warming. Actions to address climate change pose significant operational and compliance challenges for companies and those that over promise or lag behind are facing increasing scrutiny. As ...
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ESG MOVES INTO THE MAINSTREAM (AND THE BOARDROOM)

Published: Wed, 17 Mar 21

The journey from a voluntary regime for companies around environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics to a more regulated and compulsory one involving transparency, disclosure and reporting is well underway. Although there are currently no global, standardized ESG reporting benchmark requirements, “hard” ...
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Don’t fall for the hype around speculative investments

Published: Wed, 17 Mar 21

In the current market climate where market returns disappoint expectations, investors can easily fall for the hype around speculative investments that promise high yields. However, investors should also be careful not to get caught up in a trading frenzy in fear of missing out on the latest buzzing stocks. While some ...
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SATRIX WINS MORNINGSTAR BEST FUND HOUSE AWARD

Published: Mon, 15 Mar 21

Satrix, South Africa’s leading provider of index-tracking products, has today been named the 2021 Best Fund House – Larger Fund Range in South Africa by Morningstar, a global financial services firm with 35 years of investment research. Satrix, which launched South Africa’s first-ever exchange-traded ...
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Diversification is one of the many effects of oil price volatility on Middle Eastern and African oil producers

Published: Mon, 15 Mar 21

Study on the impact of oil price volatility in the Middle East and Africa   Paris, March 11, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on global GDP growth and global trade volumes has caused a sharp drop in oil prices in the spring of 2020. This price drop, even if temporary, has affected Middle ...
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New CEO to breathe life into financial sector transformation

Published: Tue, 09 Mar 21

Breathing new life into the Financial Sector Transformation Council (FSTC*) is a top priority for Pumla Ncapayi, who was recently appointed as CEO of the body tasked with overseeing transformation in the financial sector. The FSTC exists to play a key role in driving the financial sector’s transformation agenda ...
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SAIA welcomes Competition Commission guidelines on automotive aftermarket

Published: Tue, 09 Mar 21

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA), as a representative body for the non-life insurance industry, supports the objectives of the Competition Commission Guidelines as they relate to the non-life insurance industry and the adoption of proactive measures that promote competition and transformation in the ...
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Local hedge funds industry finding its feet in a regulated environment

Published: Mon, 08 Mar 21

The South African hedge funds industry ended 2020 with assets under management of R73. 27 billion. Statistics released by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) show that assets under management increased by R4. Hayden Reinders, convenor of the ASISA Hedge Funds Standing Committee, says this ...
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Interest bearing CIS portfolios attract record breaking net inflows in 2020

Published: Mon, 08 Mar 21

The local Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) industry attracted net annual inflows of R213 billion last year – the highest ever in the industry’s 55 year history. As a result assets under management by the local CIS industry increased to R2. This means that the local CIS industry almost tripled its asset ...
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To insure or self-insure? A conundrum for fleet operators

Published: Thu, 04 Mar 21

Johannesburg, 4 March21: Fleet insurance is essential for businesses with vehicle fleets and drivers. With proper management and meticulousness, fleet managers can reduce insurance costs, improve the safety of employees and benefit from as much insurance cover as is required. But with escalating insurance costs, many ...
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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Partners with Google Cloud and Munich Re to Provide Cyber Risk Management Solution for Cloud Customers

Published: Thu, 04 Mar 21

Johannesburg/London/Munich/New York/Paris/Sao Paulo/Singapore - March 2, 2021 – Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), the corporate insurer of Allianz SE, and Munich Re have jointly developed a new commercial cyber risk insurance solution called “Cloud Protection +. ” This collaboration ...
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Michael Furtschegger to lead Entertainment line of business at AGCS globally

Published: Thu, 25 Feb 21

Furtschegger was previously responsible for the international expansion of Entertainment, which is an AGCS line of business since 2015 Entertainment was hit significantly by Covid-19-driven claims in 2020, but is expected to develop into a successful and sustainable book of business for AGCS Johannesburg/London/Munich/New ...
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AGCS 12 months results update

Published: Fri, 19 Feb 21

In an extremely challenging environment in 2020, Allianz demonstrated resilience to an unprecedented health crisis and prolonged interest rates. The financial performance in the fiscal year 2020 has been remarkably robust across all business segments, though the Covid-19 pandemic left its mark, especially in the Property-Casualty ...
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