The major risks and uncertainties
to the Group in the near term
The major risks Sampo Group is exposed to in its normal business activities are credit risk, market risks and insurance risks. Their contributions to Group’s Economic Capital requirement are currently within normal boundaries at levels 38 per cent, 36 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively.
Sovereign debt crisis, crisis of political system, potential banking crisis and slow growth may escalate in ways that can affect Group’s activities unfavorably although Sampo Group companies do not have direct exposures in sovereigns under pressure and have small exposure to banking sector outside the Nordic region.
Outlook for 2012
Sampo Group’s business areas are expected to report good operating results for 2012. However, the mark-to-market results are, particularly in life insurance, highly dependent on capital market developments.
P&C insurance operations are expected to reach their long-term combined ratio target of below 95 per cent in 2012. Nordea’s contribution to the Group’s profit is expected to be significant.