Supporting financial resilience
Re/insurance supports financial resilience by acting as a shock absorber and promoting growth through its core businesses. This is particularly important in a challenging and volatile macroeconomic environment.
However, unconventional monetary policies implemented by central banks following the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009 present a challenge for our industry. These policies have contributed to an environment that is not conducive to sustainable economic growth.
As long-term investors, re/insurers could play a pivotal role in bridging the emerging infrastructure financing gap, which, in turn, would contribute to a healthier economic environment. But for that to happen, the right framework needs to be put in place. Standardisation of infrastructure investments would be an important step forward, while infrastructure debt as a tradable asset class would make this more attractive for long-term investors.
Swiss Re is striving to influence these developments by actively participating in and contributing to the global and local financial reform dialogue. Ultimately, we want to ensure that long-term investors can act – not only think – on a long-term horizon to achieve greater financial resilience.
Our notable achievements in 2017:
- We continued to take an active role in the debate on the consequences of financial repression for savers and long-term investors as well as the broader implications for financial resilience;
- We published a short video on the importance of resilient energy infrastructure and the need for an appropriate framework that enables long-term investors to provide capital for infrastructure projects;
- Our joint research project with the London School of Economics and Political Science (www.lse.ac.uk) on long-term investing and monetary policy continued.