Global Insurers to invest in commercial warehouses over office space- report

Goldman Sachs Asset Management | July 17, 2020

Global insurers are looking to increase investments in commercial warehouses over office space, according to a Reuters report. Investments in office space have become riskier due to the increase in remote work during the coronavirus pandemic, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) said. The COVID-19 outbreak is pushing insurers to exchange “undesirable” real estate investments – including both office space and retail properties – for investments in warehouses, GSAM said.

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At a recent roundtable held by Insurance Post in association with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, an expert panel discussed how motor insurers could make better use of data to improve the customer journey post-loss, improve efficiency and, ultimately, create a seamless claims process.

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At a recent roundtable held by Insurance Post in association with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, an expert panel discussed how motor insurers could make better use of data to improve the customer journey post-loss, improve efficiency and, ultimately, create a seamless claims process.

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