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Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan increasing to a record $217 per acre this year

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan are increasing to a record $217 per acre in 2017, up from $216 per acre in 2016. A joint press release from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on Thursday

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PERILS puts initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Egon at 212 million euros

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, has put the initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Egon at 212 million euros. The low pressure system associated with Egon developed as a secondary low from a large

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Swiss Re reports 2016 net income of US$3.6 billion, P&C Re net income of US$2.1 billion

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re has reported full-year 2016 net income of US$3.6 billion, including Property & Casualty Reinsurance net income of US$2.1 billion. Swiss Re said that its net income in P&C Re was US$2.1 billion last year compared to US$3 billion

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Two U.S. dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

February 22, 2017 Michael R. Blood - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES – Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters

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Combined ratio up 2 points for SCOR

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Paris-based reinsurer SCOR SE released Wednesday its latest financial results, reporting a combined ratio of 93.1% in 2016, up 2 points from 91.1% in 2015. The combined ratio in the most recent quarter was 93.3%, up 1.1 points from 92.2%

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Economical Insurance gross written premiums up 4.8% in Q4 2016 to $521.8 million

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance has reported that gross written premiums (GWP) for the fourth quarter of 2016 ending Dec. 31 grew by $23.8 million, or 4.8%, to $521.8 million from $498 million in Q4 2015. In particular, personal lines premiums grew by

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Evacuations ordered amid heavy Northern California rain

February 21, 2017 Kristin J. Bender - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – Evacuations were ordered in Northern California on Monday and flash-flood warnings were issued elsewhere as downpours swelled creeks and rivers to potentially dangerous levels in the already soggy region. A levee break along the San Joaquin River

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Cyber attack remains top business continuity concern, preparedness for all threats urged: Horizon Scan Report

February 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cyber attack, data breach and unplanned IT and telecom outages are the greatest concerns among business continuity professionals, concludes the sixth annual Horizon Scan Report, released Tuesday. The top three concerns remain unchanged from the last report carried out by

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Powerful storm enters California and brings risk of flooding

February 17, 2017 John Antczak - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES – The leading edge of a powerful Pacific storm entered southern and central California early Friday, bringing rains that forecasters said could become the strongest in years if not decades. With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river

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Transport Canada urged to ‘identify appropriate mitigating strategies’ to reduce severity of derailments involving dangerous goods

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal transport department should study the factors involved in severity of train derailments involving dangerous goods, Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Thursday. TSB – a separate organization from Transport Canada that investigates rail, aviation, marine and pipeline incidents

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Northbridge Insurance teams up with Alert Labs for pilot project with home water damage sensors

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Northbridge Insurance has teamed up with Alert Labs for a pilot project that provides customers up to $150 in annual savings on their home insurance if they purchase sensors aimed at protecting homes against water damage. The pilot project offers

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Co-operators General Insurance Company net income $128.8 million in 2016 Q4, up from $103.3 million in 2015 Q4

February 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The consolidated net income for Co-operators General Insurance Company increased for the fourth quarter of 2016 over the same quarter in 2015, but net income for 2016 decreased from 2015. The Co-operators has posted net income of $128.8 million for