I'm sure many of you would agree that this year is flying by.
Next Thursday, we will host our inaugural Swiss Re Annual Forum in Tokyo under the theme "We’re Smarter Together in Finance and Risk Management". The event will focus on global and Japanese economies, regulation, asset and liability management, and capital management, through a combination of presentations, panel discussion and audience participation. Following the great success of the Asia Health Symposium Tokyo in June, we are confident that this Forum will serve as a catalyst for generating dialogue among participants and speakers.
The ASEAN Economic Community is to be formally established in December 2015 and this is likely to have significant implications for the Asia Pacific insurance industry. We would appreciate your views on these implications by completing a short survey. We will share the results in our forthcoming expertise publication, which we hope our clients will find useful.
In this edition, we also take a look at a number of interesting topics in the industry, including the risks associated with hydrofracking and their potential impact on insurance, global long-term care system trends, our Chief Economist Kurt Karl's interview with CNBC on the global economy and industry outlook in Asia, and the latest Nat Cat sigma (English and Japanese versions available).
Last but not least, we recently posted Swiss Re’s 150th Anniversary film on YouTube.
Enjoy reading and watching!
Head of Japan