Best of 2016 | Risks Revealed

Our Best of 2016

January 03, 2017
Climate volatility, the 3D printing revolution, global risks and the onset of capital controls: Revisiting Zurich North America’s top original content of 2016.

Greetings for the new year! While 2017 will surely present unique challenges and opportunities, 2016 created many hot-button topics that are worth revisiting.

Zurich produces original content like blogs and infographics year-round to share insights into important risk management trends and topics for our customers. Here is our best content from 2016, covering issues sure to play a starring role this year and beyond.


Global Risks Report - executive summary


Navigating a world of risk: The 11th annual Global Risks Report examined challenges likely to have wide-ranging implications. Among the key risks of 2016: rising cyber connectivity and its potential effect on global security, implications of rapidly expanding technology and socio-economic effects of terrorism. The report also provided actionable solutions to help strengthen resilience in an unpredictable world. Watch this space for the 2017 Global Risks Report, to be released later this month.




Troubling forecast for “business as usual”: Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and drought are just four extreme weather events projected to cost the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion through 2050. Our infographic explored the effects that climate volatility can wield on U.S. and global economies, and key steps businesses can take to help mitigate risk.






3d printer
Technology in three dimensions: 3D printing is revolutionizing how we do business, influencing the production process, workforce and supply chain. Our infographic explored the history of additive manufacturing and the many ways it is utilized (shoes, prosthetics, construction materials, body tissue, and many more). Although 3D printing holds enormous potential, there’s also a learning curve for manufacturers adopting this sophisticated technology. We looked at potential benefits and risks businesses face using 3D printing and new standards evolving to help industry keep up with this fast-moving field.



geopolitical risk
Not-so-hot commodities: Falling commodity prices can trigger far-reaching effects on emerging markets, as well as the businesses that invest in, sell to or are being supplied from, developing countries.  Capital controls, the actions some governments take—such as devaluing their currency, increasing interest rates and halting imports—can signal panic and cause losses for foreign exporters, investors and lenders. We delved into this complex topic and its ramifications for U.S. suppliers and lenders.


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