Cautionary note on forward-looking statements

Certain statements and illustrations contained herein are forward-looking. These statements (including as to plans, objectives, targets, and trends) and illustrations provide current expectations of future events based on certain

assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to a historical fact or current fact.

Forward-looking statements typically are identified by words or phrases such as “anticipate”, “target”, “aim”, “assume”, “believe”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “foresee”, “intend”, “may increase”, “may fluctuate” and similar expressions, or by future or conditional verbs such as “will”, “should”, “would” and “could”. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the Group’s actual results of operations,  financial condition, solvency ratios, capital or liquidity positions or prospects to be materially different from any future results of operations, financial condition, solvency ratios, capital or liquidity positions or prospects expressed or  implied by such statements or cause Swiss Re to not achieve its published targets. Such factors include, among others:

 

  • the frequency, severity and development of insured claim events, particularly natural catastrophes, man-  made disasters, pandemics, acts of terrorism or acts of war;
  • mortality, morbidity and longevity experience;
  • the cyclicality of the reinsurance sector;
  • central bank intervention in the financial markets, trade wars or other protectionist measures relating to  international trade arrangements, adverse geopolitical events, domestic political upheavals or other  developments that adversely impact global economic conditions;
  • increased volatility of, and/or disruption in, global capital and credit markets;
  • the Group’s ability to maintain sufficient liquidity and access to capital markets, including sufficient liquidity  to cover potential recapture of reinsurance agreements, early calls of debt or debt-like arrangements and  collateral calls due to actual or perceived deterioration of the Group’s financial strength or otherwise;
  • the Group’s inability to realize amounts on sales of securities on the Group’s balance sheet equivalent to
  • their values recorded for accounting purposes;
  • the Group’s inability to generate sufficient investment income from its investment portfolio, including as a  result of fluctuations in the equity and fixed income markets, the composition of the investment portfolio or  otherwise;
  • changes in legislation and regulation, including changes in regulation related to environmental, social  and governance (“ESG”) matters, or the interpretations thereof by regulators and courts, affecting the  Group or its ceding companies, including as a result of comprehensive reform or shifts away from  multilateral approaches to regulation of global operations;
  • the Group’s ability to fully achieve one or more of its ESG or sustainability goals or to fully comply with applicable ESG or sustainability standards;
  • matters negatively affecting the reputation of the Group, its board of directors or its management, including matters relating to ESG or sustainability, such as allegations of greenwashing, lack of diversity and similar allegations;
  • the lowering or loss of one of the financial strength or other ratings of one or more companies in the Group,  and developments adversely affecting its ability to achieve improved ratings;
  • uncertainties in estimating reserves, including differences between actual claims experience and  underwriting and reserving assumptions;
  • policy renewal and lapse rates;
  • uncertainties in estimating future claims for purposes of financial reporting, particularly with respect to large natural catastrophes, certain large man-made losses and social inflation litigation, as significant uncertainties may be involved in  estimating losses from such events and preliminary estimates may be subject to change as new information  becomes available;
  • legal actions or regulatory investigations or actions, including in respect of industry requirements or  business conduct rules of general applicability, the intensity and frequency of which may also increase as a result of  social inflation;
  • the outcome of tax audits, the ability to realize tax loss carryforwards and the ability to realize deferred tax  assets (including by reason of the mix of earnings in a jurisdiction or deemed change of control), which  could negatively impact future earnings, and the overall impact of changes in tax regimes on the Group’s  business model;
  • changes in accounting estimates or assumptions that affect reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues  or expenses, including contingent assets and liabilities;
  • changes in accounting standards, practices or policies, including the contemplated adoption of IFRS;
  • strengthening or weakening of foreign currencies;
  • reforms of, or other potential changes to, benchmark reference rates;
  • failure of the Group’s hedging arrangements to be effective;
  • significant investments, acquisitions or dispositions, and any delays, unforeseen liabilities or other costs,  lower-than-expected benefits, impairments, ratings action or other issues experienced in connection with  any such transactions;
  • extraordinary events affecting the Group’s clients and other counterparties, such as bankruptcies,
  • liquidations and other credit-related events;
  • changing levels of competition;
  • the effects of business disruption due to terrorist attacks, cyberattacks, natural catastrophes, public health  emergencies, hostilities or other events;
  • limitations on the ability of the Group’s subsidiaries to pay dividends or make other distributions; and
  • operational factors, including the efficacy of risk management and other internal procedures in anticipating  and managing the foregoing risks.

 

These factors are not exhaustive. Swiss Re operates in a continually changing environment and new risks emerge continually. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Swiss Re undertakes  no obligation to publicly revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This communication is not intended to be a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and does not constitute an offer for the sale of, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in any jurisdiction, including the United States.  Any such offer will only be made by means of a prospectus or offering memorandum, and in compliance with applicable securities laws.