Press releases 2014

Press releases and short news 2014

ERGO life insurers in Germany reduce bonus in 2015

Press release 19 December 2014

As a result of the persistent low interest rates on the capital markets, ERGO Lebensversicherung AG is reducing the total interest return for new business by 0.5 percentage points. Customers will receive an overall interest return of 3.05 percent for the 2015 tariffs. ERGO is therefore safeguarding the long-term stability of its life insurance policies.


Hans Josef Pick to step down from DKV Board of Management

Press release 12 December 2014

Hans Josef Pick will be retiring from the Board of Management at DKV Deutsche Krankenversicherung as planned on 31/12/2014. Pick has been a part of the Board of Management since 2005 and was most recently responsible for products and operations.


ERGO wins award for new online service

Press release 10 December 2014

 On 9 December, ERGO Insurance Group was awarded a prize for digital customer service by the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and their co-operation partner Google. The jury honoured ERGO Direkt’s digital signature service as a “Digitaler Leuchtturm” (digital beacon) at the Insurance and the Internet symposium. For the first time, this allows customers to take out a term life insurance policy without having to take analogue steps. Another ERGO project, a digital customer rating service, also made the shortlist.


Dealing with digital legacy

Press release 5 December 2014

Nowadays, the Internet is an integral part of our lives. But what happens to a person’s data once they die? According to a representative survey*, around 45 percent of Germans questioned have thought about their funeral, whilst just 19 percent have given some thought to their digital legacy. With its Digital Legacy Guide, ERGO and ERGO Direkt provide numerous tips for dealing with e-mail addresses, social networks, online banking and other services.



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ERGO offers award to honour courageous people

Press release 15 October 2014

ERGO Insurance Group has launched an award: “Your own path” [Dein Weg] is aimed at people who have the confidence to make their dreams come true. The competition is part of the Company’s current advertising campaign in Germany, which puts courage centre stage. Total prize money stands at 11,500 euros and the deadline for entries is 24 October 2014.


New for companies: ERGO Versicherung AG now offers industrial insurance in Switzerland

Short news 10 October 2014

ERGO Versicherung AG is now entering the Swiss industrial insurance market. The aim is to underwrite new business in the industrial property, liability and transport insurance sector, including fine art and valuables insurance, with corporate clients.


ERGO awarded “Superbrand” status

Short news 7. October 2014

This year, the jury of Superbrands International honoured ERGO for outstanding brand management for the first time and awarded the “Superbrands Germany” seal to the Company.


Term life insurance: Electronic signature at ERGO Direkt for quicker cover

ERGO Direkt Press release, 18.9.2014

ERGO Direkt again improves its service and offers a unique technical solution. With immediate effect customers can take out term life insurance online by means of an electronic signature.


ERGO now offers flood protection throughout Germany

Press release 12 September 2014

Insurance cover against flooding is becoming increasingly important – not just in flood-prone areas. With its new product line for residential property insurance, ERGO Versicherung now offers insurance coverage against floods and heavy rain for all residential properties throughout Germany which were previously uninsurable due to an extreme risk of flooding.



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ERGO to become largest property-casualty insurer in Greece by acquiring ATE Insurance

Press release 14 August 2014

The ERGO Insurance Group is expanding its presence in Greece significantly by acquiring 100 percent of the Greek company ATE Insurance. This transaction will make ERGO the largest property-casualty insurer in the market.


Management Board changes at ERGO Advice and Sales Company

Press release 8 August 2014

Thomas Bischof, Board member at ERGO Beratung und Vertrieb AG, responsible for Bank and Cooperation Sales, is transferring to Munich Re, where he will be in charge of Group Development as from 1 October 2014. He will be replaced by Stephan Schinnenburg, who will be taking on this area of responsibilities in addition to his current activities as Board member in charge of Broker Sales.


ERGO acquires property-casualty insurer in Singapore

Press release 20 June 2014

The ERGO Insurance Group is entering the Singapore insurance market by acquiring 100 percent of the property-casualty insurance company SHC Insurance Pte. Ltd. This acquisition will be another important milestone for the strategy of ERGO to expand its presence in South East Asia.



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ERGO Customer Advisory Board reconvenes with new members

Short news 27 May 2014

The ERGO Customer Advisory Board has now entered its second term with new members on board. The 25 members will meet twice a year over the next three years, and will support ERGO as the voice of the customer. Topics for the advisory board will include clear and easy-to-understand communication, customer advice and digital media, as well as products and customer service.


VORSORGE Lebensversicherung: A successful 2013 financial year with banking partners

Press release 22 May 2014

Healthy growth was recorded by the VORSORGE companies in the 2013 financial year: premium income from all business segments in Germany and Luxembourg accounted for 581 (547) million euros – a rise of 6.2 percent. Life insurer VORSORGE is a specialist in unit-linked life insurance and, within the ERGO Insurance Group, focuses its activities on banks and asset managers.


ERGO Lebensversicherung: setting standards with new provision products in financial year 2013

Press release 21 May 2014

Continuing low interest rates are limiting the appeal of classic life insurance products. This trend is also reflected in the 2013 annual report of German life insurer ERGO Lebensversicherung AG which was published today. Gross premiums written were down by 5.6 percent to 3.1 billion euros. In response to the challenges on capital markets and changing customer requirements, the Company successfully launched a whole new generation of annuity products last year following intensive market research.


Property-casualty insurer ERGO Versicherung increases profit despite high number of claims due to adverse weather conditions

Press release 20 May 2014

Following the publication of its latest annual report, property-casualty insurer ERGO Versicherung AG is able to look back on a successful 2013 financial year. Gross premium income increased to 2.86 billion euros in 2013 (2012: 2.72 bn). Despite the high number of claims resulting from extreme weather, the net result was significantly up on the previous year at 172 (131) billion euros. The net combined ratio climbed to 96.7 (95.0) percent, yet still remains below the market average.


Questions and answers: the third ERGO Customer Report has been published

Short news 19 May 2014

In the recently published third edition of the ERGO Customer Report, members of the Board of Management and experts answer the latest questions from ERGO customers. Policyholders are at the heart of the Customer Report, asking questions and providing inspiration.


New ERGO campaign: the confidence to achieve your aims in life

Press release 15 May 2014

ERGO Insurance Group has launched a new campaign which expands the company’s brand promise “To insure is to understand”. Understanding customers means supporting them in making the most of opportunities and encouraging them to take the next step in life with confidence.


ERGO personal accident insurance – now also available online

Short news 15 May 2014

ERGO is systematically expanding its e-services: The new tariff calculators for ERGO personal accident insurance are now available in Germany at Customers can use the modules to individually design their personal accident insurance on their computer and apply for it online.


D.A.S. raises profits and launches business mediation

Press release 7 May 2014

On the occasion of the publication of its annual report, legal protection insurer D.A.S. Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs-AG has been able to look back on a satisfactory 2013 financial year. At slightly lower gross premium income, D.A.S improved its combined ratio and overall result. The company continued to expand its legal services during the course of last year.


DKV improves benefits of comprehensive health insurance tariffs

Press release 29 April 2014

German health insurer DKV has improved the benefits of almost all of its comprehensive insurance tariffs. Furthermore, DKV has expanded its online services and introduced paperless billing. Premiums and the number of insured persons fell slightly in the 2013 financial year.



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ERGO Insurance Group increases profit significantly

Press release 2 April 2014

ERGO Insurance Group significantly increased its profit in the financial year 2013. The consolidated result of 436 (290) million euros went up by 50 percent compared to the previous year. With premium income amounting to 18.1 (18.6) billion euros, turnover declined by -2.3 percent.


Changes to the Boards of Management within ERGO Insurance Group

Press release 1 April 2014

As from 1 April, Management Boards of ERGO Group companies in Germany will see some changes that are mainly related to restructuring within the Group. Among them is the merger of the German Life and Health/Travel Business Divisions in one single division Personal Lines Business.


ERGO awarded top grade for occupational disability cover

Short news 24 February 2014

The German independent insurance analysis agency, Franke und Bornberg, has rated the benefits in occupational disability insurance from life insurer ERGO Lebensversicherung “outstanding” (FFF).


ERGO Advice and Sales Company ready to start

Press release 19 February 2014

On 1 April 2014, the ERGO Insurance Group will complete the restructuring of its sales organisations in Germany. More than 10,000 full-time sales agents will then transfer from ERGO’s operative insurance companies to the new Advice and Sales Company, ERGO Beratung und Vertrieb AG.



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Claims in Germany: sharp rise in regional weather events in 2013

Press release 16 January 2014

Heavy hail and flood damages were major factors affecting claims levels in 2013: the biggest insured losses were caused by the hailstorms in July and August. In total, the number of weather-related claims was the second highest in Germany’s history.


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