19th August 2018

Swiss Re sigma reports provisional global economic and insured losses for first half
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According to Swiss Re Institute's preliminary sigma estimates, global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2018 were $36bn. This figure is well below the ten-year average of $125bn in economic losses and significantly lower than the losses reported for the same period a year earlier. Of the total global economic losses in the first half of 2018, $20bn were covered by insurance. A series of winter storms in Europe and in the US caused the largest losses in the first half of 2018. Globally, around 3 900 people lost their lives or went missing in disaster events during the first six months of 2018, compared to approximately 4 600 for the same period in 2017.
Of the $36bn in total global economic losses, natural catastrophes accounted for the majority, or $$34bn in the first half of 2018, compared to $58bn in H1 2017. The remaining $2bn of losses were caused by man-made disasters. Global insured losses from natural catastrophes fell to $18bn, from $25bn the year before, while insured losses from man-made disasters decreased to $2bn from $5bn in the first half of 2017. Nearly 56% of all global economic losses were insured as most disastrous events occurred in areas with high insurance penetration.

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