John Zhu - Chief Economist Asia Pacific Swiss Re Institute

John Zhu – Chief Economist Asia Pacific Swiss Re Institute

John joined the Swiss Re Institute as Chief Economist Asia in December 2021. He is based in Hong Kong. 

Before joining Swiss Re, John was the Senior Global Economist at Haitong International Securities. He has worked on both the buy-side and sell-side in London and Hong Kong with HSBC, Legal & General and Pimco. 

John was also previously a central banker with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, which included a secondment as a Visiting Economist at the Bank for International Settlements. 

John read economics at the University of Cambridge and completed a Masters at the London School of Economics in 2007, after which he worked as a financial journalist during the Global Financial Crisis.

Latest reviews by John Zhu
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Life Insurers’ Exposures to Illiquid Assets Have Been Rising
While life insurers’ exposures to illiquid assets have been rising, it does not necessarily lead to unmeasured risks. Private and illiquid credit cannot be traded or sold
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Higher Interest Rates Improve the Outlook for Life Insurance
Higher interest rates improve the outlook for life insurers. Demand for savings-related products is surging, with US fixed annuity sales
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Global Life Insurance Industry in 2024 Undergoing Significant Evolution
The life insurance industry in 2024 looks very different to 15 years ago. Low interest rates from 2008 until the inflation surge after 2021 put huge strain on the traditional life
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Life Insurance & Retirement Savings. Forecast for the U.S. & Europe
The surge in interest rates to 15-year highs significantly improves the outlook for life and annuity insurance. The life insurance industry today looks very different to 15 years ago