Panel of experts discuss Baloise's strong rating from S&P

Basel, Rating agency Standard & Poor's has confirmed Baloise's strong credit rating of 'A' with a stable outlook. The recent upgrading of the significance of risk management in the rating process from 'low' to 'high' has further strengthened the foundations of the current rating.

Standard & Poor's acknowledged Baloise's very healthy 'AAA' capitalisation, high operational profitability and robust competitive position in its most profitable core markets. Moreover, the agency again rated the company's risk management as 'strong'.

A panel of experts – Chief Risk Officer Stefan Nölker, Head of Investment Strategy Thomas Schöb and Head of Communications & Investor Relations Marc Kaiser – discussed the main changes in the 2016 report from S&P.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the Baloise Group is a European provider of insurance and pension solutions and has positioned itself as a market player that offers an intelligent 'Safety World' prevention strategy. In Switzerland the Company operates as a focused financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. It also has a market presence in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. Its distribution network includes its own sales organisation as well as brokers and other partners. The Company uses its competence centre in Luxembourg to run its business in innovative pension products for private customers throughout Europe. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange. The Baloise Group employs some 7,400 people.