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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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Telematics: connecting the dots

UBI demand is set to increase, driven by the innovative concept that the drivers pay for the amount of risk they take. This translates into continuous feedback, which in turn results in better driving behaviour. Telematics offers direct and real-time access to data about the insured object. This enables insurers to base their risk assessment and pricing on the real risk policyholders are taking rather than on approximate tariff criteria about the driver, the car and how it is used. Furthermore, based on telematics data, additional services, such as stolen car recovery or efficient claims handling can be provided.

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2016 Corporate Responsibility Report: Enabling sustainable progress

It is a pleasure to introduce Swiss Re’s 2016 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 1/2017 - Cyber: getting to grips with a complex risk

Cyber threats are evolving rapidly due to the growing digital transformation of society, the widespread use of internet-enabled devices and processes, and the changing profile of hackers. Recent high-profile cyber attacks demonstrate that the extent of associated possible losses is also broadening, increasingly comprising both physical and financial damage relating to data privacy breaches and to companies’ tangible and intangible assets, and also business interruption costs. As a result, the issue of cyber protection is rising up the corporate agenda, at both large and small companies.

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