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A.M. BestTV: Urban Tornadoes; First Quarter Profits; Change at FM Global

July 18, 2014

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Inthis episode of A.M.BestTV, Megan Linkin ofSwiss Reinsurance Company Limited (Swiss Re) assesses the potential impact of a major tornado striking Chicago, IL. Additionally, a new report from A.M. Bestsummarizes first-quarter 2014 profits in light of severe winter weather, and in this same episode, Shivan Subramaniam, FM Global Group’s president and CEO, prepares to step aside. Linkin, Swiss Re’s National Hazards Expert, stated, “If an EF-5 tornado should hit Downtown Chicago, it would cost the insurance industry $10-$20 billion the equivalent of the area being hit by a major hurricane, and although the insurance industry would be able to absorb the cost, the loss potential is staggering.” Linkin also encourages not only the industry, but state and local governments in tornado-prone areas, to prepare for the possibility of an EF-5 tornado striking their area.

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