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Finance Meets Insurance

Photo: View of the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue at Rüschlikon, Zurich (image: Swiss Re / Nico Schärer)
Photo: View of the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue at Rüschlikon, Zurich (image: Swiss Re / Nico Schärer)

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Insurance companies are currently facing a number of challenges, ranging from complying with new regulation to managing large investment portfolios. In addition, shareholders of insurance companies expect market-based returns on their capital. In this context, the “Finance Meets Insurance” conference is a significant event organized within the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) in Zurich, from June 13 to 14, 2019, at which leading European and American academics will gather to discuss a number of issues.

The two-day event, held at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon, is organized jointly by the University of Zurich, the University of Geneva and USI, all of which are affiliated to the SFI, with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. For USI, Prof. Loriano Mancini at the Institute of Finance (Faculty of Economics) explains that “insurance companies today are effectively financial intermediaries and, as such, are subject to market rules. Let’s consider, for example, the 2017 International Financial Reporting Standards that also concern insurance companies. Among other aspects, these standards require a correct valuation of insurance companies’ financial statements not only from an accounting perspective but also in economic terms”. In addition, “the large amount of capital available to these companies requires sound asset and risk management, and cutting-edge research within the SFI can play an essential role in this”.

The conference will bring together on the shores of Lake Zurich over twenty experts from Europe and the United States to discuss a variety of topics: from the aforementioned economic valuation of insurance companies to the management of financial risks, from asset management to the effects of new regulation, to the analysis of systemic risks in the macro sector of finance and insurance. For information:

About Prof. Loriano Mancini, USI Institute of Finance: