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  • Closing the gap: Drought threat to Uruguay‘s reliance on hydropower (PDF, 353kb)

    18 May 2018

    Uruguay is fortunate to have four river basins within its borders, two of which feed its hydroelectric plants. Hydropower can supply up to 90% of the country‘s electricity demand in a humid year. A dry year, however, can be costly.

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  • Staying afloat Flood Risk in Argentina (short version) (PDF, 419kb)

    06 October 2016

    Over the past 50 years, 75 major flood events have been reported in Argentina, affecting around 13 million people and taking more than 500 lives. With the equivalent of USD 22.5bn lost since 1980, floods are the most costly natural catastrophe affecting the country.
    Adjusting for the country‘s GDP growth, the same events today would have caused accumulated losses of USD 43.5bn.

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  • The property protection gap in Latin America (PDF, 2.46mb)

    23 March 2016

    Underinsurance of property risks is a global challenge. Much of the protection gap is due to uninsured global natural catastrophe risk, which has been rising over the past 40 years. This report focuses on the property protection gap in Latin America. The protection gap is defined as the difference between total economic losses and insured losses. With economic development and ongoing urbanisation, the value of property at risk has outpaced the purchase of insurance in many countries.

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  • Agro insurance hotspot: Peru
    (PDF, 1.26mb)

    14 December 2015

    Agriculture employs one in four in Peru. A highly diversified sector, it includes all segments – from commercial to smallholder farming. Export income from coffee is important to the economy but at the same time it’s exposed to
    many perils: The coffee leaf rust outbreak in 2012/2013 was just the latest event to hit the sector

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  • Agro insurance hotspot: Peru
    (PDF, 1.27mb)

    14 December 2015

    Agriculture employs one in four in Peru. A highly diversified sector, it includes all segments – from commercial to smallholder farming. Export income from coffee is important to the economy but at the same time it’s exposed to
    many perils: The coffee leaf rust outbreak in 2012/2013 was just the latest event to hit the sector

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  • 03/2015 Fusiones y adquisiciones en el seguro (PDF, 1.97mb)

    12 May 2015

    Mergers and acquisitions (M & A) tend to come in waves. After declining sharply in the wake of the financial crisis, overall M & A activity in the insurance sector has been relatively low in recent years and has only just started to increase. Surveys also suggest sentiment towards M & A is turning as insurers look for ways to deploy excess capital, boost or diversify revenue growth, build scale and ultimately bolster profitability in the face of ongoing economic headwinds.

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  • The transition phase of auto and liability dynamics in Mexico (PDF, 509kb)

    29 April 2015

    Many analysts agree that the ongoing reforms such as in the energy sector, along with the US economic recovery, will support Mexico’s economic growth. This positive trend will progressively change the needs for insurance, and today we already observe that Mexico’s
    modernization impacts the insurance industry.

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  • Aquaculture insurance in Latin America (PDF, 2.38mb)

    11 December 2014

    Globally, fish represent around 17% of the average per capita animal protein intake, making global aquaculture an important industry in terms of both food provision and employment generation. Indiscriminate exploitation of natural fish stocks is a huge concern and is causing a widening gap between the supply and demand of aquatic organisms.

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  • Supporting low-carbon energy generation in Uruguay (PDF, 575kb)

    15 July 2014

    To decrease the country’s financial exposure in times of drought, in January 2014 Uruguay’s state-owned electric company entered into an 18-month, USD 450 million weather coverage agreement with the World Bank Treasury. Highlighting the strength of public-private partnership, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions took on a material part of the risk.

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  • Mexico Customer Survey Report 2013: Capturing future opportunities (PDF, 723kb)

    07 February 2014

    The survey of consumer preferences in Mexico upon which this publication is based reveals reluctance to buy insurance is often not due to costly premiums but rather to a lack of knowledge that insurance provides coverage where people feel most vulnerable. This study seeks to provide further insights into consumers’ thoughts with a view to addressing the challenges and opportunities, thereby helping the insurance industry win a major share of a key potential market.

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  • Latin America Customer Survey Report 2013 (PDF, 1.06mb)

    07 February 2014

    What do consumers in Latin America really think about life and health insurance, our industry, and our products? How much do we know about consumer behaviour, perceptions and protection needs, and how can we address the challenges and work together to capture the opportunities ahead of us? The customer survey, conducted in six Latin American countries, provides some answers to these questions.

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