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2017 Business Report

In 2017 we witnessed a back-to-back series of natural catastrophes that have had a significant short-term financial impact. The ability to face these challenges and continue to focus on growth shows the success of our strategy as we remain committed to disciplined underwriting and long-term success.

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sigma 1/2018: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2017: a year of record-breaking losses

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. The main driver of the high insured losses was an active hurricane season in the North Atlantic. In particular, three major hurricanes -- Harvey, Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Texas and parts of western Florida. In other major disasters, wildfires ravaged parts of California in particular, as well as regions outside of the US. There were also a number of severe precipitation events in 2017, in different regions. Total economic losses from disaster events were USD 337 billion in 2017, leaving a protection gap of USD 193 billion, up from USD 124 billion in 2016.

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2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

It is a pleasure to introduce Swiss Re’s 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report. With this yearly publication we want to give you a comprehensive overview of the measures we take to act as a responsible company.

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sigma 6/2017: Life in-force management: improving customer experience and long-term profitability

For long-term sustainability, life insurers need to maintain a strong connection with their consumers. Increasingly, insurers are focusing on improving relations with existing policyholders by steering customers toward high-value products, increasing persistency and improving claims management. This increased focus on existing rather than new business is about enhancing long-run profitability. Insurers can improve profits on in-force life books by judicious asset management, optimal capital allocation and reduced operating costs. These actions can reduce the cost of providing insurance and hence increase sales with lower prices.

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Swiss Re SONAR: new emerging risks insights 2017

Underestimated infectious diseases, growing water stress, the impact of future artificial intelligence legislation, cloud risk accumulation or precision farming: Do you want to know more about these topics? Welcome to the latest edition of Swiss Re SONAR, our update of the emerging risk landscape.

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Industry-first Global Storm Surge Zones

Tropical cyclones put many areas of the world at risk from strong winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall. Hurricane Katrina in the US or Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar showed that if such storms hit flat coastal areas, storm surges can be the main driver of damage. While the loss potential is huge, there has only been limited availability of risk information and no global overview up to now. With the launch of the industry’s first Global Storm Surge Zones, Swiss Re is closing the gap. Our storm surge hazard zones enable our clients to pinpoint their storm surge risk with a consistent, worldwide, probabilistic and highresolution risk look-up in Swiss Re’s CatNet tool. The zones show that almost 230 million people – roughly 3% of the world’s population – are exposed to storm surge risk.

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