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Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis for Risk Management: Contrasting Developments in Insurance and Banking

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  • Axel P Lehmann

    (Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Financial Services, Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Daniel M Hofmann

    (Group Chief Economist, Zurich Financial Services, Zurich, Switzerland)

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The article analyses implications for risk management in insurance arising from the current financial crisis. After a brief comparison of the insurance to the banking world, we discuss the root causes of the current financial crisis with a particular focus on risk management and incentives. Against the backdrop of this discussion, lessons are derived from an insurance risk management point of view. In particular, the article pleads for a pronounced external and forward-looking approach to supplement the traditional methodology, which tends to be more inward-looking and ultimately backward-oriented.

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  • Axel P Lehmann & Daniel M Hofmann, 2010. "Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis for Risk Management: Contrasting Developments in Insurance and Banking," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan;The Geneva Association, vol. 35(1), pages 63-78, January.
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