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Coface Shows Solid Q1 Operational Performance

Published: Wed, 20 May 20

France-based international credit insurer Coface has reported solid Q1 results with positive net income of €12. 7m on a 0. 9% increase in turnover to €370m. Xavier Durand, Coface CEO, said the positive net income reflects only the initial effects of the crisis, and will affect revenues through ...
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Life Annuity Sales Soar Amid Lockdown Losses

Published: Tue, 19 May 20

Cape Town, 19 May 2020: Amid the market instability brought on by COVID-19, retirement income specialist Just has reported record demand for life annuity solutions from South African pensioners looking to lock in an income for life.   Sales for life annuities have doubled relative to 2019 since ...
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Coronavirus: Fighting the rise in cyber criminals from the home office

Published: Tue, 12 May 20

With many people working remotely because of the coronavirus outbreak, the number of cyber incidents is increasing as hackers, scammers and spammers look to exploit vulnerabilities in an attempt to steal valuable information. In response, AGCS experts highlight a number of measures that can help employees to better ...
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Businesses need to restart facilities with care and caution after coronavirus lockdown to reduce risk of damages

Published: Thu, 07 May 20

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty recommends site security inspections and dedicated loss prevention measures to ensure a successful and safe reopening after shutdown. Fires, machinery breakdowns and faulty workmanship/maintenance among the most expensive causes of insurance claims. Condition of electrical ...
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Wealth management in the time of Covid-19

Published: Tue, 05 May 20

The world is facing one of its gravest crises in recent memory as it stares down Covid-19 and the wealth management industry has a key role to play by steadying the investment ship and navigating investors’ safely through this storm. Global equity markets went from all-time highs to drawdowns in excess ...
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2020 - Short-term insurers lose sight of customer experience as race to digital transformation intensifies

Published: Tue, 05 May 20

Consulta releases latest 2019 South African Customer Satisfaction Index for Short-Term Insurance   There is a fallacy across many businesses that digital transformation and customer experience and satisfaction are interchangeable. Technology will change and evolve, but the fundamentals of being relevant ...
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Unlocking a new future for South Africa

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

Going back in history, there have been many defining moments for human beings over the centuries of our existence on planet Earth. In recent times we have survived The Great War, The Great Depression, World War II and The Great Recession. Now, we are facing The Great Infection, as the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 sweeps ...
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Chubb announces new annual Contractors All Risk cover for South Africa

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

Chubb Insurance South Africa today announced the release of its specialist annual Contractors All Risk (CAR) insurance product to the South African market. Chubb's annual CAR product has been available for some time in other jurisdictions around the world and has now been launched in the South African market. ...
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Covid-19: TERS - 5 important updates

Published: Mon, 04 May 20

by Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Johan Olivier, Shane Johnson, Bianca Viljoen, Zipho Tile   Since the launch of TERS, there has been (almost) daily changes introduced by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Following those amendments, the Minister of Employment & Labour ...
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Investing in a post Covid-19 world

Published: Wed, 29 Apr 20

As the coronavirus sweeps its way around the globe, the trends established in most countries in terms of taming its spread after lockdown appears similar to that set in China. While it might take somewhat longer for some of those countries that started their control measures later, the outlook seems positive and the ...
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WEATHER THE STORM OF RETRENCHMENT BY RESKILLING

Published: Wed, 29 Apr 20

When my husband was told he was being retrenched thanks to the economic effects of COVID-19, it was a call we were expecting but it was still a shock. Gosh, I thought to myself. What do we do now? My husband had just been retrenched, albeit temporarily under the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme ...
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The non-legal guide to surviving the Coronavirus

Published: Fri, 24 Apr 20

Soon after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the declaration of the National Disaster, there was an outbreak of legal and other publications, some more helpful than others, dealing with COVID-19, the law, the end of the world, and surviving the Coronavirus. You could seek guidance from a letter supposedly ...
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COVID-19: ADDRESSING DEBILITATING RISKS REQUIRES A ROBUST GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

Published: Fri, 17 Apr 20

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Jene’ Palmer CA(SA) (CGF Lead Independent Consultant) The times we are currently living in are unprecedented. Covid-19 has once again highlighted the reasons why governance -- good governance -- is a critical function in a democratic country. The President of South ...
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Can China shield its economy from the impact of COVID-19?

Published: Thu, 16 Apr 20

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the global economy, it is unlikely that China will be able to achieve its 2020 growth target. Coface forecasts a growth rate of 4% for the Chinese economy in 2020. Economic activity in China could decelerate faster than expected this year ...
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The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

The Pandemic, Physical Damage, Business Interruption Losses and Reinsurance How is your 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle progressing?   Coronavirus and physical damage You may have seen reference to the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in MDS Inc v Factory Mutual Insurance Company ...
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Covid-19: Impact on banks, non-insurance financial institutions & expectations on regulated entities

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

by Danelle Prinsloo, Lenee Green, Johann Scholtz, Dawid de Villiers, Kent Davis from Webber Wentzel   In response to the Covid-19 emergency, the South African Reserve Bank (Reserve Bank) and the South African financial sector regulators, the Prudential Authority and the Financial ...
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Poland Payment Survey: reduced payment delays, but a challenging outlook

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

Despite the economic slowdown, Coface’s latest survey on business payments in Poland shows that payment delays have systematically shortened since 2017 – but the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Polish economy remains to be seen. Payment terms: transport and construct offer the most generous ...
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Coface Barometer Q1 2020 COVID-19: heading towards a sudden global surge in business insolvencies

Published: Tue, 07 Apr 20

At first, the COVID-19 epidemic in China only affected a limited number of value chains – but it has since turned into a global pandemic. Its repercussions have created a double shock – supply and demand – that is affecting a large number of industries in all over the world. The uniqueness of this ...
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Coronavirus: Short-term closure of plants or premises can pose risks for companies

Published: Mon, 06 Apr 20

The potential for damage from fire or lack of maintenance can increase in mothballed or idle production facilities and industrial plants. Companies from the automotive, aviation or mechanical engineering sectors can be particularly hard hit. Companies should focus on reducing the risk of fire, safe storage ...
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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty appoints first Chief Data Officer

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 20

Chief Data Officer Ali Shahkarami will align global data initiatives, tools and investments and further drive AGCS’s data and analytics strategy With this newly created role Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) aims to create a ‘data first’ decision making culture AGCS Chief Operation ...
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