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Japan occupies a special place in Swiss Re’s history. In 1913, we signed the first contract in Japan with Kobe Marine Transport & Fire Insurance. We are proud that, today, we can celebrate 100 years of business relations with your country. Over these 100 years, we have supported many more clients and we have, again and again, been impressed by the professionalism and sophistication of the Japanese insurance sector.
Catastrophe-related economic losses from natural and man-made catastrophes around the world exceeded USD 70bn in 2007. More than 20 000 people lost their lives. In the aftermath, property insurers were hit by claims totalling USD 28bn.
The direct insurance industry is on the road to recovery with further progress expected this year, according to Swiss Re’s latest sigma study. Worldwide premiums for life and non-life insurance grew by an inflation-adjusted 2% to USD 2 941 billion in 2003. sigma’s annual review of developments in world insurance shows premiums and results in non-life business increased markedly in 2003. Life insurers reported improved profitability despite a slight decline in premium income. The recovery is set to continue in 2004.
Over the past decade, global marine and aviation insurance premiums have roughly doubled and are estimated at USD 44 billion in 2012. Though only about 2% of global non-life premiums, transport insurance plays a crucial role in global economic development.
The world's urban population is forecast to grow by about 1.4 billion to 5 billion between 2011 and 2030, with 90% of the increase coming in the emerging markets. Swiss Re's latest sigma study Urbanisation in emerging markets: boon and bane for insurers reviews the rapid growth of towns and cities in emerging markets. It also addresses the opportunities and challenges that urbanisation presents with respect to risk management for insurers and governments alike.
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(Swiss Re Institute) Risk Dialogue Magazine
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