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CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: unthreading its needle

The sale of Threadneedle is the Zurich's latest effort to balance its books following heavy losses on its equity portfolio. Zurich has already announced heavy cost-cuts and has completed a rights issue to increase funds. With strong branding and performance Threadneedle is an attractive target, but finding a buyer might be tricky in the current market.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: joining the list of insurance gloom

Zurich's fall into the red was driven by the September 11 tragedy combined with a general economic slowdown. Simultaneously, the insurer's payouts rocketed while its investment income plummeted. On the positive side, 2001 was a difficult year for many insurers throughout the world. Things should get better this year.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: heading the right way in 2006

Zurich Financial Services has released its Q1 results, which show that its general insurance business reduced its combined ratio and generated strong profits. The Swiss insurer's results are another example of how a policy of conservative discipline in underwriting and focusing on profitable business lines is the right course to steer in the current insurance industry climate.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: back in the black

Zurich's performance vindicates a wide-reaching restructuring program that entailed the loss of thousands of jobs and the disposal of a raft of non-core activities. The insurer has sharpened its focus on its most profitable insurance lines and is on course to achieve its year-end profit target.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich Financial: taking desperate measures

Once seen as one of the world's strongest companies, Zurich Financial has been forced into a desperate share issue and job cuts by mistaken acquisitions and poor risk assessment. Although its short-term future looks volatile, there's strong growth set for insurance market that will help Zurich and its competitors in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zimmer: the strong get stronger

Over the past few years, Zimmer [ZMH] has demonstrated even higher growth than the impressive rates seen in the overall orthopaedic market, and is now set to become even stronger with the addition of Centerpulse. The company will take market leadership position in joint reconstruction and become the fifth largest player in the lucrative sector of spinal implants.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Winterthur: emerging markets tempt Axa to buy

Following months of speculation, Winterthur has finally been sold by its parent company Credit Suisse to the French group Axa. While the deal makes Axa the market leading insurer in Switzerland, some observers have questioned Axa's strategy in buying a firm with a mixed recent past. It is arguably Winterthur's emerging markets assets that clinched the deal.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2006
Expert View
Expert View

What conclusions can be drawn from the net inflows at Credit Suisse Private Banking?

Credit Suisse has announced strong net inflows within its private wealth management unit. In Q1 2012, net inflows from wealth management clients reached CHF5.8bn, up 45.0% on Q4 2011. The origins of the new assets highlight a number of characteristics that define the global wealth management industry in 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vontobel/PwC: Y-O-U know it doesn't work

Y-O-U planned to combine the confidentiality of a Swiss bank account with the global reach of the Internet, vastly increasing Vontobel's customer base. Instead, it was abandoned in March 2001 after its costs spiraled out of control. The affair highlights the damage that can be done when online projects are just too ambitious.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vontobel / Raiffeisen: from co-operation to partnership

The Vontobel/Raiffeisen deal marks the start of a formal partnership between the two Swiss finance houses, which will bring Vontobel some much needed relief after a difficult period. The agreement provides significant product and distribution opportunities for Vontobel while enshrining the bank's independence, enabling it to look to the future with greater confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2004

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