Our annual publications outline emerging risk themes based on early signals we gather throughout the year.

SONAR = systematic observation of notions associated with risk

Swiss Re identifies emerging risks through its proprietary SONAR tool, an internal crowdsourcing platform that collects input and feedback from underwriters, client managers, risk experts and others across the company. The emerging risk themes neither reflect the entire emerging risk landscape of the insurance industry nor that of Swiss Re.

We categorise the risk themes according to their estimated impact and potential timeframe to materialise as well as to the line of business where the biggest exposure seems to rest. Our reports, published since 2013, feature new emerging risk themes and emerging trend spotlights, which are embedded into a broader perspective on long-term macro trends.​

SONAR 2018: New emerging risk insights

Growing geopolitical tensions, the re-emergence of the asbestos threat, cyber risks and new technology, biased algorithms and the erosion of risk diversification are just some of the key themes identified in our SONAR 2018 report.


Earlier SONAR editions Which emerging risks were new in previous years?

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Rainer Egloff

Senior Emerging Risk Manager

Group Risk Management

Rainer Egloff ist seit 2012 bei Swiss Re in der Risikofrüherkennung im Rahmen der Abteilung Sustainability, Emerging and Poitical Risk Management tätig.