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  • Swiss Re SONAR - New emerging risk insights (PDF, 7.40mb)

    31 May 2018

    Sleep deprivation, printed hearts, biased algorithms or lurking cyber risks are just some of the risks arising from new technologies. For the re/insurance industry technological innovation usually provides both opportunities and challenges. In this new edition of Swiss Re SONAR report, you will find the latest updates on emerging risks as well as longer-term trends shaping the risk landscape.

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  • Closing the gap: Pooling risk in Central America and the Caribbean (PDF, 354kb)

    18 May 2018

    Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.

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  • Closing the gap: A sovereign insurance pool for Africa (PDF, 477kb)

    18 May 2018

    With 65% of the workforce employed in agriculture, millions of people living in sub-Saharan Africa depend on farming not only for food, but also for incomes and livelihoods. Without enough rain to feed the land, the effects can be devastating.

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  • Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2017: a year of record-breaking losses

    10 April 2018

    At USD 144 billion, the insured losses from natural and man-made disasters worldwide in 2017 were the highest ever recorded in a single year.

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  • sigma 2/2017 2016年の自然災害と人災: 損害が広範囲に及んだ1年 (PDF, 1.64mb)

    03 July 2017

    惨禍の発生という点では、日本、エクアドル、タンザニア、イタリア、ニュージーランドなどの地震を含めて、2016 年には世界の各地で大規模な災害が多数発生した。また、数多くの深刻な洪水が米国や欧州、アジアの各地で発生し、米国の気象災害件数は最高記録となった。最も強かったのはハリケーン・マシューで、北大西洋で生じた暴風としては2007 年以降初めてのカテゴリー5 となり、年間の一事故として最多の死亡者をもたらした。死者数は700 名を超え、そのほとんどはハイチの人々であった。もう一つの広域かつ大きな被害をもたらした災害は、カナダのアルバータ州とサスカチュワン州にわたって5 月から7 月にかけて広がった山火事であった。

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  • 7th Annual Weather and Energy Conference

    06 - 07 June 2017

    The Weather and Energy team of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions will welcome energy industry experts in Berlin this year to discuss the latest trends in European weather risk management. Attendance is by invitation only.

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  • Earthquakes in Italy, 2016, An impact summary (PDF, 1.02mb)

    20 May 2017

    On 24 August 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit the Apennines
    Mountains in central Italy, devastating the small towns of Amatrice,
    Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. At the time of writing, 293 lives were
    lost. This is the latest in a series of heavy earthquakes to hit Italy in recent years. The country is particularly exposed to earthquake risk as it is located where continental plates collide and building stock is vulnerable. Yet just over 1% of residential buildings are insured against earthquakes. How can Italy and its residents better prepare for future events?

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  • Terremoto in Italia, 2016, Un riepilogo d’impatto (PDF, 5.84mb)

    20 May 2017

    Il 24 agosto 2016, un terremoto di magnitudo 6,2 ha colpito gli Appennini nel centro Italia devastando le cittadine di Amatrice, Accumoli e Pescara del Tronto. Il 26 ottobre, due scosse di assestamento di magnitudo 5,5 e 6,1 hanno colpito Visso, a nord di Amatrice. Il 30 ottobre, una scossa di magnitudo 6,6 ha colpito Norcia, un comune fra Amatrice e Visso. Quest’ultimo è stato il terremoto di maggiore intensità a colpire l’Italia dal 1980 ed il tremore è stato avvertito in quasi tutto il Paese. Nel complesso, ci sono state 299 vittime. Questa è stata l’ultima di una serie di terremoti disastrosi verificatisi in Italia negli ultimi anni. Il Paese è particolarmente soggetto al rischio sismico in quanto e situato in una zona in cui le placche continentali entrano in collisione ed il patrimonio edilizio è vulnerabile. Eppure, poco più dell’1% degli edifici residenziali è assicurato contro i terremoti. Come possono l’Italia ed i suoi abitanti prepararsi ad affrontare meglio gli eventi futuri?

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  • 2017年第2期
    2016 年的自然灾害与人为灾难:损害范围广泛的一年
    (PDF, 3.65mb)

    09 May 2017

    In terms of devastation wreaked, there were a number of large-scale disasters across the world in 2016, including earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, Tanzania, Italy and New Zealand. There were also a number of severe floods in the US and across Europe and
    Asia, and a record high number of weather events in the US. The strongest was Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 storm to form over the North Atlantic since 2007, and which caused the largest loss of life – more than 700 victims, mostly in Haiti – of a single event in the year. Another expansive, and expensive, disaster was the wildfire that spread through Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada from May to July.

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  • Webinar - The rise of NATCAT events and parametric solutions

    26 April 2017

    Watch the recent Swiss Re Corporate Solutions webinar on the rise of NATCAT events and parametric solutions. During the webinar we'll explain what parametric solutions are in more detail and provide real-life examples of how these solutions are helping corporations protect their balance sheet against adverse and catastrophic weather events.

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  • CatNet® – the online natural hazard atlas

    (PDF, 774kb)

    06 April 2017

    CatNet® is an up-to-date source of information on major
    natural disasters and their effects on the insurance industry
    and national economies.

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  • sigma 2/2017: Catastrophes naturelles et techniques en 2016 (PDF, 872kb)

    28 March 2017

    In terms of devastation wreaked, there were a number of large-scale disasters across the world in 2016, including earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, Tanzania, Italy and New Zealand. There were also a number of severe floods in the US and across Europe and
    Asia, and a record high number of weather events in the US. The strongest was Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 storm to form over the North Atlantic since 2007, and which caused the largest loss of life – more than 700 victims, mostly in Haiti – of a single event in the year. Another expansive, and expensive, disaster was the wildfire that spread through Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada from May to July.

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  • sigma 2/2017: Catástrofes naturales y siniestros antropógenos (PDF, 839kb)

    28 March 2017

    In terms of devastation wreaked, there were a number of large-scale disasters across the world in 2016, including earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, Tanzania, Italy and New Zealand. There were also a number of severe floods in the US and across Europe and
    Asia, and a record high number of weather events in the US. The strongest was Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 storm to form over the North Atlantic since 2007, and which caused the largest loss of life – more than 700 victims, mostly in Haiti – of a single event in the year. Another expansive, and expensive, disaster was the wildfire that spread through Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada from May to July.

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  • sigma 2/2017: Natur- und Man-made- Katastrophen im Jahr 2016 (PDF, 867kb)

    28 March 2017

    In terms of devastation wreaked, there were a number of large-scale disasters across the world in 2016, including earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, Tanzania, Italy and New Zealand. There were also a number of severe floods in the US and across Europe and
    Asia, and a record high number of weather events in the US. The strongest was Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 storm to form over the North Atlantic since 2007, and which caused the largest loss of life – more than 700 victims, mostly in Haiti – of a single event in the year. Another expansive, and expensive, disaster was the wildfire that spread through Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada from May to July.

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  • sigma 2/2017: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters (PDF, 824kb)

    28 March 2017

    In terms of devastation wreaked, there were a number of large-scale disasters across the world in 2016, including earthquakes in Japan, Ecuador, Tanzania, Italy and New Zealand. There were also a number of severe floods in the US and across Europe and
    Asia, and a record high number of weather events in the US. The strongest was Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 storm to form over the North Atlantic since 2007, and which caused the largest loss of life – more than 700 victims, mostly in Haiti – of a single event in the year. Another expansive, and expensive, disaster was the wildfire that spread through Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada from May to July.

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  • Parametric natural catastrophe cover
    Don’t let the weather ruin your business

    11 February 2017

    Parametric insurance solutions provide security that you won’t find with more conventional insurance products. The distinguishing feature of parametric insurance is that it depends on an external event, for example a hurricane or earthquake. If this insured event occurs, you receive compensation, which is graded according to the severity of the incident.

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  • Expertise Publication on Japan’s commercial insurance market (PDF, 1.36mb)

    10 February 2017

    Japan’s commercial insurance market is the fourth largest in the world after the US, the UK and China. Commercial insurance premiums in Japan totalled USD 33.5 billion in 2015. Penetration (premiums as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP)) has been rising in recent years, but it is still low relative to other advanced markets. In 2015, commercial insurance penetration in Japan was 0.81% of GDP, compared to 1.6% in the US and 2.4% in the UK.

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  • Parametric insurance: With the right partner, there’s always an answer


    13 January 2017

    Have you ever heard of a retailer taking out insurance against poor sales revenue? At first glance, it’s not the sort of risk you would normally consider insurable. However, if you dig deeper it’s not as fanciful as it may seem.

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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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  • Earthquake California (PDF, 817kb)

    03 October 2016

    Insurance today relies on models to predict earthquaketriggered
    losses on the US west coast. But there is a lurking danger. Many do not consider the variability of model outcomes. As research by Swiss Re reveals, this can lead to an underestimation of ensuing losses.

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  • Il terremoto in Italia, Agosto 2016 (PDF, 1.44mb)

    09 September 2016

    Il 24 agosto 2016, un terremoto di magnitudo 6.2 ha colpito gli Appennini nel centro Italia devastando le cittadine di Amatrice, Accumoli e Pescara del Tronto. Quando è stato scritto questo rapporto, le vittime erano 293. Questo è l’ultimo di una serie di terremoti disastrosi verificatisi in Italia negli ulti i anni. Il paese è particolarmente soggetto al rischio sismico in quanto è situato in una zona in cui le placche continentali entrano in collisione. Eppure, poco più dell’1% degli edifici residenziali è assicurato contro i terremoti. Come possono l’Italia e i suoi abitanti prepararsi ad affrontare meglio i terremoti futuri?

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  • Agro insurance hotspot: Sri Lanka (PDF, 1.90mb)

    03 May 2016

    Agriculture employs one in three people in Sri Lanka and contributes
    over ten percent to export income. This important sector of the economy relies on rain – a resource that will become increasingly unpredictable with global warming. Protecting farmers against future floods and droughts is paramount to keep employment and income from this economic pillar growing.

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  • Destaque - seguros agrícolas: Angola (PDF, 1.29mb)

    03 May 2016

    A agricultura tem o potencial de se tornar um pilar da economia local
    tal como a indústria petrolífera que actualmente domina o país. O seu
    potencial é enorme, assim também os riscos. Em particular, as secas e as cheias colocam as colheitas dos agricultores em perigo. Manter agricultores no negócio no caso da ocorrência de danos, é uma tarefa essencial e uma excelente oportunidade para o rápido crescimento do sector de seguros angolano.

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