During and after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, manufacturers, trading companies, banks and others suffered many billions of dollars in credit losses from defaults by their buyers and borrowers.
A recession then plagued the U.S. and Europe, causing residual losses that many companies still feel the effects of today. At the same time, the collective tumult caused by the Arab Spring, resource nationalism, and a deterioration in sovereign creditworthiness has created new loss exposures for companies in emerging markets.
For many decades, insurance products aimed at mitigating these risks, including trade-credit and political-risk insurance, have been available and purchased, especially in Europe. The insurance industry has paid billions of dollars in losses on these policies of late, compelling many companies in the U.S. to acquire this important means of financial protection. Industry figures indicate that export trade credit insurance sales alone in the U.S. were up seven percent in 2012, and are rising at a faster clip this year.
Given all of the mayhem of the past five years, CFO magazine and Zurich are taking a step back to bring you the lessons learned by experts in the credit and political risk insurance field.
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