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Hannover Re CFO Shares Plans for Growth

Posted on 26 Aug 2010

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German reinsurer Hannover Re, the fourth largest reinsurer in the world, wants to grow even larger -- by increasing investments in shares and real estate to reach a goal of 3.5% return on investment, according to chief financial officer Roland Vogel.

Hannover Re is seeking to reach its goal within one to two years, says Vogel, and is on track to reach its target of earning net profits of 600 million euros ($760 million) this year, Vogel said in an interview with a German newspaper.

According to Vogel, Hannover's equity investments are currently close at almost zero, having slashed them during the financial crisis. The reinsurer's strategy was to invest in building out its reinsurance business in 2009 rather than jump back into equities, Vogel said.

Over the next two years, the reinsurer's investment in real estate is also expected to grow by 4-5%, he said.

"The proportion of investments in fixed income should fall to around 80 percent as a result of the equity and property purchases," Vogel told the paper.