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  • Barisal: helping a city prepare for climate change

    Floods, cyclones and rising sea levels disrupt the lives of many people around the world. Communities will face more damage as urbanisation advances and our climate continues to change. Many towns and cities are unprepared for this future. Their floodwalls are too low, water supplies too fragile and drainage systems inadequate to deal with the impact of extreme weather. The question is how do we allocate the limited resources we have in the most effective way. To address this challenge, KfW, Swiss Re and Barisal City Corporation teamed up to develop an adaptation strategy for Barisal in Bangladesh. This will help the people there adapt to the impacts a changing climate will bring.

  • Earthquakes in Italy, 2016 An impact summary

    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?

  • US Property & Casualty Quarterly

    The first underwriting loss in four years, coupled with slowing reserve releases and a lower investment result, caused a strong decline in profitability for the US P&C industry in 2016. Net income fell 24.5% y-o-y to USD 42.0 billion. Cat losses in 2016 were higher compared to the very benign recent years, and reserve releases were smaller, resulting in an underwriting loss of USD 3.3 billion and driving the industry's combined ratio up 2.6 points to 100.8%.

  • Canada Economic Outlook

    Strong housing market resale activity, supportive job growth and a return of spending in the oil and gas sector are expected to push 1Q2017 real GDP growth to 3.0% (qoq annualized). The Markit Canada Manufacturing PMI and investment intentions in the most recent Bank of Canada (BoC) Business Outlook Survey also suggest an improving outlook.

  • Global Economic Outlook

    Despite a growth slowdown in 1Q17, the fundamentals of the US economy remain solid. Both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing PMIs continue to indicate expansion, particularly in the larger services sector. Recent income and spending growth indicators have ticked up, and consumer confidence remains high.

  • US Economic Outlook

    Despite a growth slowdown in 1Q17, the fundamentals of the domestic economy remain solid. Both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing PMIs continue to indicate expansion, particularly in the larger services sector.

  • Unveiling the full potential of telematics - How connected insurance brings value to insurers and consumers: An Italian case study

    Telematics is changing the motor insurance market and disrupting the traditional car insurance business model. Insurance companies worldwide are learning from the experience of first movers in order to develop their own telematics expertise. This paper is focusing on the Italian market, which has the highest coverage of telematics-based motor policies globally.

  • Protection against lack of water

    Insufficient water levels can put hydropower plant operators under immense pressure. To protect them against loss of income resulting from this threat, Swiss Re has developed a dedicated index-triggered insurance product.

  • Lights out: The risks of climate and natural disaster related disruption to the electric grid

    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 policy challenges. Natural disasters pose grave threats to electric grids and their ability to deliver reliable electricity to communities.

  • Canadian Life & Health Quarterly

    Canadian life insurers' results continued to improve in 2016, despite a mixed macroeconomic backdrop. Individual life new premiums in Canada skyrocketed by 36% yoy in 2016, while new individual annuity premiums contracted by 2% yoy. Life companies reported consolidated net income of CAD 10.0 bn in the period, resulting in a 9.6% ROE. Net investment income, including realized and unrealized gains/losses, was up significantly compared to a year ago.