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Of the $44 billion in total global economic losses, natural catastrophes accounted for the majority, or $40 billion in the first half of 2019, compared with $45 billion in the year-earlier period. (Photo: Shuttertock) Of the $44 billion in total global economic losses, natural catastrophes accounted for the majority, or $40 billion in the first half of 2019, compared with $45 billion in the year-earlier period. (Photo: Shuttertock)

Global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2019 amounted to $44 billion, according to Swiss Re Institute’s preliminary estimates.

Victoria Spears

Victoria Prussen Spears is senior vice president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Spears was an attorney at a leading New York City law firm before joining Meyerowitz Communications. Ms. Spears is the Associate Director of the Insurance Coverage Law Center and editor of journals on insurance law, banking law, bankruptcy law, energy law, government contracting law, and privacy and cybersecurity law, among other subjects. She may be contacted at vpspears@meyerowitzcommunications.com.

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