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GBV summary and Key Findings Stability in Unemployment Rate: The OECD unemployment rate remained stable at 4.8% in September 2023, consistently staying below 5.0% since July 2022. This period saw an increase in the number of unemployed persons in the OECD, reaching 33.3 million, with a notable rise in unemployed men​​. Category-wise Stability and Youth Unemployment Concerns: Unemployment rates were broadly stable across all defined categories: men, women, youth

The report titled “Global Pension Risk Transfer Market Outlook” by Milliman, dated November 3, 2023, provides a comprehensive analysis of the Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) markets, focusing on key territories such as the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, and Ireland. The report outlines the global landscape of Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes and their interaction with the PRT market. It emphasizes the importance of stakeholders understanding the

OECD Indicators Reveal Trends in Health Spending, Digital Health, and Systemic Transformation The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance 2023” report, offering a critical analysis of health system performance and health indicators across member and partner countries. Health Spending: A Global Perspective The report notes that in 2019, before the pandemic, OECD countries spent an average of 8.8% of their GDP

The insurance realm is undergoing a transformative phase, spurred by digital advancements. These digital shifts not only pave the way for innovative growth and efficiencies but also introduce new risk dimensions. A notable outcome of this digital evolution is the surge in companies’ intangible assets, particularly digital data. However, this digital reliance also exposes these assets to threats like cyberattacks and business disruptions. Swiss Re Institute‘s recent sigma study,

As the world observes World Mental Health Day today, October 10th, International SOS,World Mental Health Day today, October 10th, International SOS, a provider of health and security risk services globally, underscores the increasing significance of mental health resilience within the international workforce. In a world grappling with persistent and far-reaching crises, the impact of these challenges on employees’ mental well-being has never been more pronounced. The convergence of a

Introduction In the complex domain of health insurance, adverse selection persistently surfaces as a critical issue, influencing pricing and product allocation among consumers. The research paper, “The Incidence of Adverse Selection: Theory and Evidence from Health Insurance Choices,” authored by Michael Geruso, Timothy Layton, and Adam Leive, meticulously explores the multifaceted implications of adverse selection, particularly its impact on pricing and product allocation among consumers, and its distributional consequences.

In a straightforward and strategic organizational move, Generali has appointed Giulio Terzariol to lead its newly established “Insurance” Division, effective January 2024. This appointment marks a significant development in Generali’s organizational structure, consolidating all of its Insurance Business Units into one unified Division. Giulio Terzariol, with a rich history in the insurance sector, will step into the role of CEO Insurance, a position that entails comprehensive oversight of all

Overview of OECD Inflation Trends in August 2023 The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has released a detailed report, providing an in-depth analysis of the inflation trends observed across its member countries in August 2023. The report reveals a notable increase in the year-on-year inflation within the OECD, which ascended to 6.4% in August 2023, up from 5.9% in July 2023. This inflationary trend was witnessed in

Aegon N.V., a notable entity in the financial and insurance sector, has embarked on a pivotal journey, aiming to shift its legal domicile from the Netherlands to Bermuda, as elucidated in their Shareholder Circular dated September 29, 2023. This strategic move, which is set to be voted upon at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, is not merely a geographical shift but is embedded with intricate financial, regulatory, and

In 2022, U.S. insurance companies witnessed a deceleration in private equity investments, marking a mere 3.3% increase to reach $132.0 billion, following a stellar growth trajectory in the preceding year, as per a recent report by AM Best. The detailed insights of this financial shift are encapsulated in AM Best’s Special Report, titled “Growth in Insurers’ Private Equity Investments Slowed Significantly in 2022,” which can be accessed here. Life/annuity

In a pivotal announcement at the recent broker conference in London, Eric Maumy, CEO of the insurance distribution titan, APRIL Group, and its subsidiary APRIL International UK, unfolded a bold three-year growth blueprint, particularly spotlighting the International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI) division. The strategy, meticulously crafted, is not merely a response to the current market dynamics but a forward-thinking approach to harness both the UK and global markets with

The Dynamics of the Global Workforce: Insights from SHRM’s 2023 Study In the ever-evolving world of work, the traditional definition of a worker is undergoing significant transformation. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) embarked on a comprehensive study in July 2023 to delve deeper into the unique desires, requirements, and experiences of workers worldwide. This report provides an insightful analysis of the findings from SHRM’s research, shedding light

The healthcare sector has been a focal point of economic discussions for years, with medical costs consistently on the rise. Recent data from Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans 2023 has shed light on this escalating issue, revealing that US employers anticipate a 5.4% surge in health benefit costs per employee in 2024. This projection comes even after employers have made adjustments to their plans to curtail this

In a recent report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on September 20, 2023, the global economic landscape is analyzed, shedding light on the current economic dynamics and projecting the trends for the years 2023 and 2024. The report, which can be accessed here, presents a detailed analysis of the global economic scenario, emphasizing the challenges of confronting inflation and sustaining growth. Global Economic Outlook

In a world where financial boundaries are constantly blurring, understanding the nuances of global capital allocation has never been more critical. The recent NBER research report by Sergio Florez-Orrego, Matteo Maggiori, Jesse Schreger, Ziwen Sun, and Serdil Tinda sheds light on this intricate landscape, offering a road map for future research and policy implications. Let’s delve into the key takeaways from this comprehensive study. The Surge in Cross-Border Investments

Seasonal allergies, a common adversary for many, have far-reaching implications that extend beyond sneezes and itchy eyes. A groundbreaking study titled “Invisible Killer: Seasonal Allergies and Accidents” by Mika Akesaka and Hitoshi Shigeoka delves deep into the unseen repercussions of pollen exposure, unveiling a peril that is more significant than previously perceived. The Underestimated Impact of Pollen Traditionally, the societal cost of pollen exposure has been measured in terms

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a significant global threat, driven primarily by the misuse of antibiotics. This issue is explored in-depth in an OECD report, which reveals critical insights and potential consequences of unchecked AMR. Key Points: Global Antibiotic Consumption: Over the past two decades, the use of antibiotics in humans has moderately increased in OECD and EU/EEA countries but significantly surged in non-OECD G20 nations. Notably, the consumption of

MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanna Hicks and Nathan Dewhurst as Member Managers, reinforcing their commitment to providing top-notch support to network members across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions. Suzanna Hicks, who joined MAXIS GBN in July 2023, brings a wealth of experience from her previous role at AXA Health. With five years as a Care Coordination Pathway

September 9, 2023 – In a thought-provoking research paper titled “Retirement Consumption and Pension Design,” the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) delves into the intricacies of retirement planning and pension structures. This study, authored by Jonas Kolsrud, Camille Landais, Daniel Reck & Johannes Spinnewijn, offers valuable insights into how individuals’ retirement consumption patterns are influenced by the design of pension systems. The Research Paper The full research paper can be accessed here,

In a recent report by AM Best, titled “Life/Annuity Reinsurers Remain Prepared for Growth,” global life reinsurers are seen weathering the storm of excess mortality with cautious optimism. Despite facing challenges due to elevated life claims, the industry appears poised for continued growth. The report, part of AM Best’s comprehensive analysis of the global reinsurance industry leading up to the Rendez-Vous de Septembre in Monte Carlo, highlights several key

Updated: September 5, 2023 The latest data from the OECD reveals that year-on-year inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), saw a notable uptick, reaching 5.9% in July 2023. This represents an increase from the 5.7% recorded in June and marks the first rise since October 2022. The primary driver behind this increase in inflation was a sharp surge in inflation in Türkiye. However, when excluding Türkiye

Aon plc, a global professional services firm, has recently released its 2022-2023 Global Wellbeing Survey, shedding light on significant disparities in employee well being risks between the UK and other regions. The survey, conducted in collaboration with IPSOS, gathered insights from HR and reward leaders across 46 countries and various industries. Here’s an overview of the key findings and their implications. Mental Health and Burnout Take Center Stage Mental

In a strategic move to streamline its operations, German airline Lufthansa is reportedly considering the sale of its in-house insurer Delvag and insurance broker Albatros attracting significant attention in the aviation industry and financial markets. Lufthansa’s decision to explore the sale of these insurance subsidiaries comes as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its core aviation business. By divesting these non-core assets, the airline aims to

Paolo Marchiori has been named as the first Country Manager for Spain, Portugal, and Italy by Generali Employee Benefits (GEB) in July 2023. A veteran of Generali, Paolo started his career at Generali in 2005 as a Pool Captive Administrator and over the past 18 years has been across the globe: his experience ranges from being Area Manager Eastern Region USA/Canada, to Regional Business Development Manager Southern Europe and

The latest report from the OECD reveals that in the second quarter of 2023, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of its member countries experienced a moderate growth of 0.4% on a quarter-on-quarter basis. This increase, while positive, represents a slight deceleration compared to previous quarters. Despite this, some individual member states demonstrated notable growth in this period. For instance, Japan’s GDP surged by 1.5%, a significant improvement from the

G20 merchandise trade faced a contraction in value during the second quarter of 2023, when compared to the previous quarter, measured in current US dollars. Both exports and imports experienced declines of 3.1% and 2.0% respectively. This decline can be attributed to subdued global demand and the decreasing prices of commodities, especially energy products. The drop in energy prices had a significant impact on North America’s trade value, leading

In an era defined by remote work and boundless connectivity, the rise of digital nomads has transformed the way people work and live. These globe-trotting individuals leverage technology to work from anywhere, embracing a lifestyle that offers freedom and exploration. However, with this freedom comes the need for a safety net that ensures their well-being and financial security, and this is where digital insurance steps in. Digital nomads are