Aon confirms huge number of nat cat losses not insured

Aon | January 22, 2020

Aon has published its latest catastrophe report, which points to a gaping insurance hole for 2019. According to the broking giant’s Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight: 2019 Annual Report released today, last year’s 409 natural catastrophe events equated to $232 billion in economic losses. Of this figure, however, only $71 billion was covered by insurance – be it government-sponsored programmes or coverage from the private sector. What this translates to is a whopping 69% global protection gap in 2019. A faint silver lining is the fact that the percentage of uninsured nat cat economic losses in the period, while significant, is the sixth-lowest since 2000.

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Buckle | August 02, 2022

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One Concern Partners with WTW to Bring Climate Resilience Scores to the U.S. Insurance Market

One Concern | June 17, 2022

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Marsh McLennan Agency Acquires CS Insurance Strategies

Marsh McLennan Agency, Marsh | July 08, 2022

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Insight Risk, ChainThat | July 05, 2022

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