Zurich insurance advances to number 2 in Europe

In an environment of extreme weather events, global pandemics, war in Europe and inflation, Zurich Insurance Group celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) celebrates its 150th anniversary this week. Since the beginning of 2016, Zurich has risen from 10th to 7th place among the world’s largest insurers by market capitalization and is now number 2 in Europe. Altogether, the company covers 210 countries and areas.

Over that period, Zurich has generated a total shareholder return (TSR) of 145 percent, compared to 27 percent for the STOXX Europe 600 insurance index. This achievement was achieved against a backdrop of extreme weather events, global pandemics , war in Europe and inflation, as the chairman of the Zurich board of directors said. Michel M. Liès explained to the media on Thursday.

Originally a marine reinsurer

“Zurich can celebrate today because Zurich has shown the ability to navigate successfully in an uncertain world,” continued Liès. Since the company was founded in Zurich on October 22, 1872, originally as a marine reinsurer under the name Versicherungs-Verein, Zurich has supported the prosperity and growth of businesses, families and communities.

“In recent years, we have delivered record combined ratios, strong operating profits and continued top line growth. Thanks to our strong financial position, our balanced portfolio and our good reputation, we can celebrate this anniversary with confidence,” said the Zurich CEO. Mario Greco.

Celebrations and digital book

  • Zürich celebrates its anniversary with the society by giving away to commuters in the Zürich metropolitan area: On October 22, 2022, public transport will be free throughout the ZVV (Zürcher Verkehrsverbund) network.
  • As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, Zürich brings the Amazônia exhibition, featuring works by the award-winning Brazilian photojournalist. Sebastian Salgado to Switzerland. The exhibition can be seen exclusively at the MAAG Halle in the city of Zurich from May 31 to September 24, 2023.
  • To mark the anniversary, Zurich has also created a digital book with text and images that bring the development of the company to life. The book is available online and in a limited number of climate-neutral print copies.

When will inflation come down again in Switzerland?

  • By the end of the year it will be falling.

  • Spring 2023 at the earliest.

  • Inflation between 3-4 percent will remain with us.

  • Inflation will continue to rise in 2023.

  • Inflation will rise to 10 percent before falling again.

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