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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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    The link between hydrofracking, wastewater injection and earthquakes (PDF, 3.22mb)

    31 August 2016

    The scale of increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma over recent years is unparalleled. Since 2008 the number of magnitude 3.0 earthquakes per year has grown from roughly 2 per year to an average of nearly 3 per day. This now makes Oklahoma the most seismically active of the lower forty-eight states. It’s highly likely that this dramatic rise in earthquake occurrence is largely a consequence of human actions.

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    The road to flood resilience in Canada (PDF, 1.31mb)

    18 May 2016

    Flood poses a risk to individuals, business and the public sector. Severe events in Canada can cause losses exceeding CAD 13 billion, with less than half of these covered by insurance. This leaves many families without the necessary funds to rebuild their lives
    if disaster strikes. In addition it delays economic recovery in the affected areas ― an effect that hits even those whose homes are still standing. Concerted action across the risk management chain that involves all key stakeholders ― government, the insurance industry and homeowners ― can strengthen flood resilience in Canada.

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    Fueling resilience – Climate and Wildfire Risk in the United States (PDF, 966kb)

    17 September 2015

    This report was authored by students of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as part of a practicum project in the Energy, Resources, and Environment Program. The practicum requires student teams to partner with key organizations to address critical international environmental policy challenges. Here, students collaborated with Swiss Re to further the understanding of natural disaster management policy in the United States and develop a platform for unlocking resources to build climate resilience

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    Four earthquakes in 54 days (PDF, 5.20mb)

    13 July 2015

    This paper examines the consequences of a large earthquake sequence in the US by re-imagining the New Madrid events of 1811/1812 in the context of today’s exposure.

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    Property and casualty -- the new "it" couple? (PDF, 406kb)

    13 February 2015

    Are property losses prompting more casualty claims? Consider the possible correlation as we examine some of the largest, more recent casualty losses.

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    In with the New (PDF, 282kb)

    01 January 2015

    “One who buys has need of two eyes, but one’s enough to sell the stuff.” Unless you happen to be an insurance broker. In that case, you need two sharp eyes at all times: to know what “stuff” is for sale and what your client is actually buying. If you don’t, you may be on the road to an E&O claim.

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    Residential Flood Coverage (PDF, 295kb)

    01 January 2015

    Flooding is a common problem in Canada. Flood disasters have occurred in Canada almost five times more frequently than the next most common disaster, wildfires. (Sandink, 2010) Snow melt in the springtime and its subsequent runoff, rain, and ice jams – all common to Canada – are the most frequent causes of flooding. If more than one of these events occurs simultaneously, the severity flooding may increase.

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    New York labor law section 240 and 241 and priority of coverage (PDF, 388kb)

    16 October 2014

    This paper provides an overview of New York Labor Laws Sections 240 and 241 and a checklist of issues which underwriters may find useful when discussion construction site coverage with potential clients and brokers.

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    The big one: the East Coast's USD 100 billion hurricane event (PDF, 10.8mb)

    17 September 2014

    This publication examines how the 1821 Norfolk and Long Island hurricane would impact the region today.

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    Risky cities: Los Angeles (PDF, 1.75mb)

    15 August 2014

    The Southern California Earthquake Center says that the probability of a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake striking Los Angeles over the next 30 years is 67%. So it's vital that LA is able to rapidly mobilize all the resources necessary to bounce back following a disaster of this nature.

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    US tornadoes: an examination of the past to prepare for the future (PDF, 7.40mb)

    30 June 2014

    Swiss Re catastrophe experts use a simple and logic-based methodology to construct scenarios showing the potential social and financial impact of a tornado in the heart of a major US city.

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