Expertise publications

Expert analysis of risk topics in regional markets and the global re/insurance industry.

2018

Sep

Haze risk in Southeast Asia: An insurance solution

Haze risk in Southeast Asia: An insurance solution

Haze pollution in Southeast Asia, often caused by the burning of forest and peat soils, is having an increasingly negative impact on human health, business operations and daily life. While economic interests often drive peatland burning, meteorological factors such as El Niño also significantly influence the spread of haze. In 2015, a significant haze event in Indonesia triggered economic losses of more than USD 17.5 billion across Southeast Asia. This paper explores the evolution of haze as a peril, its economic consequences and the viability of insurance solutions.

Jul

The earthquake protection gap facing China’s commercial banks

The earthquake protection gap facing China’s commercial banks: on shaky grounds

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.

Latin America regional market report 2018 - Executive Summary

Latin America regional market report 2018 - Executive Summary

Latin America is in the midst of an important political turning point, which presents an opportunity to address the underlying economic weaknesses of the past. We expect economic reforms to continue and that the current recovery, and also demand for insurance, will be supported by improved purchasing power and credit conditions

May

Re/insurance in the Middle East and Pakistan

Re/insurance in the Middle East and Pakistan (2017)

This report provides an overview of the re/insurance industry in the Middle East and Pakistan. There is a further breakdown of the countries reviewed between those of the Middle East region generally (Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria) and Pakistan, and the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (the GCC - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). This is because the insurance markets in the GCC states are generally larger and more developed developed than in other countries in the Middle East region. The report is available on request for distribution to Swiss Re clients in hard copy only.