Supporting financial resilience

Collaboration, collaboration: How public-private partnerships could make Europe more resilient

31 Oct 2017

During 2016, economic losses triggered by natural disasters in Europe amounted to around USD 23 bn, of which only a third were covered by insurance. Globally, over the last 25 to 30 years, the growth rate of economic losses has outpaced insurance losses. Swiss Re believes this to be indicative of a long-term trend. Moreover, the burden both for the public sector and individuals is becoming increasingly onerous. In Europe alone during 2016, roughly 317,000 people were affected by Nat Cat events...

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We'd bet the farm on it… help for agriculture is help for the whole community, including banks and investors

31 Oct 2017

Reducing farmers' income volatility through insurance protection is an important stabilising factor in any economy, not least across Central America and the Caribbean. As the World Bank has pointed out in respect to the developing world, growth in agriculture is twice as effective in reducing poverty as any non-agricultural activity.

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Limiting the damage, recovering quickly: Confronting the risks to the energy sector

31 Oct 2017

The extreme weather that devastated many Caribbean islands and parts of the United States in 2017 once again demonstrated the urgent need to strengthen the resilience of energy infrastructure, not only in these regions but also across the world. The near total collapse of Puerto Rico's power grid in the teeth of Hurricane Maria was, arguably, the consequence of an inability to invest sufficiently in the resilience of energy infrastructure. Although perhaps a catch-22 situation, one effective way...

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Insurance Regulation and Financial Stability – Creating the Right Incentives

22 Sep 2017

Some insurance valuation standards might lead to herding behaviour of insurers in times of severe financial stress.

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Building renewable energy infrastructure is desirable and doable. We just need to tackle the risks involved

13 Sep 2017

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Have the costs outweighed the benefits?

07 Sep 2017

Swiss Re examines the fallout from so-called financial repression

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Blockchain benefits

07 Sep 2017

This technology could be a game-changer for long-term investors

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Crowding-in institutional investors

07 Sep 2017

Protection against political risks

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Staying on top of regulatory risk

07 Sep 2017

Sensible regulation needs to incentivise institutional investors to think and act long-term.

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One-size-fits-all is sometimes a good thing

07 Sep 2017

Establishing infrastructure debt as a tradeable asset class through standardisation

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A meeting of the minds

07 Sep 2017

Swiss Re and London School of Economics (LSE) join forces to research monetary policy and long-term investment

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Multiple impacts

07 Sep 2017

Insurers need to keep wary eye on inflation

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Going your own way isn't smart

07 Sep 2017

Regulatory fragmentation militates against efficient risk pooling

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Robbing Peter to pay Paul

07 Sep 2017

Nationalisation of private assets poses grave risks

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More sun and wind, and less fossil fuel – for all our sakes

06 Sep 2017

The world's cities are bursting at the seams. People need housing and transport infrastructure.

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Investments in sustainable infrastructure won't just fall into our laps

06 Sep 2017

Public-private partnerships involving institutional investors are one key pre-requisite.

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Responsible investing in action

06 Sep 2017

Enhancement, Inclusion, Exclusion - Swiss Re walks the talk

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Responsible investing should be a no-brainer

06 Sep 2017

Swiss Re makes a strong case for integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria into the investment process.

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From a success story to a tale of woe?

06 Sep 2017

How ultra-easy monetary policy is now hurting almost all concerned

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A cool symbiosis: Public-private partnerships are win-wins for investors and economic growth

06 Sep 2017

The current interest rate environment presents an opportunity for the public and private sectors to combine resources to finance and enhance productive economic growth through smart investments.

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A way to address country indebtedness: GDP-linked sovereign bonds could be the smart way to go

06 Sep 2017

More equity-like financing could be one way out of current record high levels of country indebtedness. GDP-linked sovereign bonds, for example, would tie the interest on government debt to an economic variable such as actual GDP growth.

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Some dragging of feet over structural reforms

06 Sep 2017

Even though many governments are well equipped to implement structural reform challenges, not all are actually tackling them.

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Too much of what used to be a good thing

06 Sep 2017

While we should be grateful that central banks stepped in to save the day during the global financial crisis, they should now be taking a different stance.

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Swiss Re calls for policies to strengthen private capital markets: Growth Recipes report proposes a raft of measures to boost economic growth

06 Sep 2017

A decade has passed since the global financial crisis, with the economic recovery and growth outlook having since improved. However, long-term structural challenges remain, namely low interest rates, debt overhang, low productivity growth and demographics. For the cyclical growth upturn to be durable, the focus now should shift to implementing structural reforms, accompanied by cautious tightening of monetary policy.

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Underwriting the US infrastructure gap

23 Mar 2017

Deficient infrastructure is arguably one of the biggest crises facing the US. The nation’s infrastructure is not only inadequate to meet future demands, but has also largely fallen out of a state of good repair for existing assets. Ultimately, everyone is negatively impacted— individuals, businesses, and governments. Without optimally functioning transportation systems, utilities, airports, internet and wireless networks a nation suffers competitively and in many cases public health is put at risk....

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Resilient infrastructure, resilient economy

09 Feb 2017

How do we move towards a more resilient world? As part of the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Swiss Re Chief Executive Officer Christian Mumenthaler explains how infrastructure investment is one way countries can shore-up their protection against the increasing severity and frequency of natural disasters.

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