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The latest Expertise Publication from the Swiss Re Institute raises the question of whether enough is being done to help commercial banks in China protect themselves from all the risks that earthquakes pose. Depending on the locations of their credit assets, some banks could be susceptible to very large earnings hits in the event of a major earthquake, and many may not realise how vulnerable they are.
Space has become increasingly globalized. More and more countries and companies are building and operating spacecraft. The use of space is also becoming more diverse as new technologies have paved the way for new space applications. How will this impact space risk?
Investing responsibly makes economic sense. However, as long as ESG criteria are not yet an integral part of all financial analyses, investors need to make an effort and actively integrate ESG considerations in their investment decisions. We are encouraged by the experience we have gained with integrating ESG and will further progress on our journey.
The Canadian economy continues to operate near full capacity, with a trend-like advance of 2.0% expected in 2018. Although job growth has slowed this year, some moderation is expected at this point in the cycle. Meanwhile, inflation pressures are rising, with core readings right around the midpoint of the Bank of Canada's (BoC) target range, and wage growth at its fastest in more than five years. Furthermore, higher oil prices will push up headline inflation in the coming months. The BoC revised up their view on potential growth for 2018 in April, indicating that the economy has a bit more room to run, but capacity utilization rates are at decade highs and inflation expectations in the latest Business Outlook Survey moved up moderately. Thus, the BoC is projected to continue on a gradual path of rate hikes, with the next move in July, followed by one more later in 2018.
This report, written by students of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), investigates the impact of invasive species on private industries, public utilities, and local governments. The focus is on the challenges and efforts to prevent, detect, control, and eradicate invasive species in the United States and Canada.
Sleep deprivation, printed hearts, biased algorithms or lurking cyber risks are just some of the risks arising from new technologies. For the re/insurance industry technological innovation usually provides both opportunities and challenges. In this new edition of Swiss Re SONAR report, you will find the latest updates on emerging risks as well as longer-term trends shaping the risk landscape.
Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.
Some of the world's worst flooding takes place in Bangladesh. Prolonged and heavy rainfall creates floods that destroy lives, crush homes and wash away crops. Affected families often have to cope by taking out expensive loans or selling essential assets.
With 65% of the workforce employed in agriculture, millions of people living in sub-Saharan Africa depend on farming not only for food, but also for incomes and livelihoods. Without enough rain to feed the land, the effects can be devastating.
Swiss Re China delivers first low temperature weather index insurance (WII) programme for cotton. The scheme solves the problem of reduced crop yields from cold weather not addressed by traditional multi-peril agriculture insurance (MPAI) products.
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