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Insuring the Intangibles


June 7, 2018   by Adrian Hall, CEO; Corrinne Pollard, Head of Claims; and Sarah Kestle Head of Sales, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Canada; and Xavier Tinguely, Senior Corporate Development Manager, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, USA


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Insurers are dealing with a shifting landscape. In addition to the impact of a warmer world, structural changes driven by technologic, economic, demographic, societal, and geopolitical trends are creating new risks and challenges for the insurance industry in commercial lines.

A back-to-back series of natural catastrophes led to record insured losses in 2017. The particularly active hurricane season, represented by Category 4+ hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM), coupled with wildfires, thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls, resulted in total insured losses of $144 billion (all figures U.S.). Additionally, these events caused total economic losses of $337 billion, leaving a global catastrophe protection gap of $193 billion and thousands of people in need.

The world economy is going through significant structural changes. Over a period of a few decades, the competitiveness of companies has increasingly come to rely on intangible assets instead of physical ones, in addition to the ability of a business to operate efficiently across borders.

This changing paradigm is creating new risks – for example, cyber, supply chain disruption – and shifting and expanding the demand for insurance from asset/balance sheet covers to earnings/cash flow protection. This transformation of the insurance industry triggers the need for new products and innovation around data analytics to provide clients with more holistic, global and end-to-end insurance solutions.

The developed and sophisticated Canadian commercial insurance market is directly impacted by these disruptive forces, which will put pressure on growth and profitability.

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Adrian Hall, CEO; Corrinne Pollard, Head of Claims; and Sarah Kestle Head of Sales, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Canada; and Xavier Tinguely, Senior Corporate Development Manager, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, USA