Swiss Re reveals global insured loss total for the full year


Swiss Re discloses international insured loss overall for the complete year

“2020 will be remembered for the global health and economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But while COVID-19 was a stress test for society and the economy, it has an expiry date – climate change does not,” Haegeli claimed. “In fact, climate change is already becoming visible in more frequent occurrences of secondary perils such as flash floods, droughts and forest fires. Natural disaster risks are increasing, and climate change will significantly exacerbate them. This underlines the urgency to better protect our communities against catastrophic losses while dramatically reducing carbon emissions. Unless mitigating measures are taken, such as greening the global economic recovery, the cost to society will increase in the future.”

Additional risks represented 71% of all-natural disaster insured losses in 2020, driven primarily by serious convective tornados and also wildfires in the United States and also Australia, according to the record.

“We have seen an increase in losses from secondary perils in recent years, such as severe convective storms, floods and wildfires,” claimed Martin Bertogg, head of feline risks at Swiss Re. “The same upward loss trend [applies] for primary perils, and 2020 served as another reminder of their peak loss potential. The two peril types are affected by the same loss-driving risk trends, including population growth, increasing property values in exposed regions and the effects of climate change. This suggests that with climate change, future peak loss scenarios could also increase significantly.”

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There were a document 30 called tornados throughout 2020, and also 12 of those made landfall in the United States– an additional document. It set you back the insurance coverage market $21 billion in insurance claims, Bertogg claimed.

“Yet, incredibly, we would regard that as somewhat of a lucky escape,” he claimed. “Given the dynamic nature of risks, reinsurers’ models need to increasingly consider forward-looking risk trends, such as climate change, urbanization and socio-economic inflation – rather than relying on historical data observations – when assessing the potential magnitude of losses.”

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