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2003 catastrophes cost insurers US$18.5 billion

March 4, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

2003 will go down as a costly year for catastrophes, most significantly in human terms, with 60,000 people losing their lives in 380 catastrophic events, according to Swiss Re’s annual sigma study of catastrophes. Most serious was the earthquake striking

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Uniform data standard needed for risk modelers: EQECAT

March 2, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Just as insurers work toward uniformity of data transmissions on the distribution end, they should also be asking risk modeling firms to work toward uniform data standards. So says EQECAT Inc. president Rick Clinton at the risk modeling company’s recent

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IBC wants national disaster fund

March 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

In response to the “Filmon Report” on last summer’s B.C. forest fires, the Insurance Bureau of Canada is calling for a national natural disaster protection fund to be established.The report, tabled Friday in B.C.’s legislature, makes a variety of recommendations

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Low losses expected from Maritime storms

February 26, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The severe winter storms striking the Atlantic coast of Canada late last week should produce few insured losses, says Don Forgeron, Atlantic region vice president for the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).“The good news is there weren’t many vehicles on

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WTC “occurrence” trial will not affect ratings

February 20, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Regardless of the outcome of the trial now underway to determine how much will be paid out on the World Trade Center (WTC) destruction, insurers involved will not see a ratings impact, says Standard & Poor’s.The jury trial will decide

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ICLR study casts light on government role in disaster mitigation

February 19, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

A new study released by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) encourages government to put resources towards disaster mitigation and gives specific direction on what form government action should take on this issue.In “The Role of Government In Services

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Cat bond issues up: Moody’s

February 13, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe-link securities were up nearly 50% in 2003, according to rating agency Moody’s Investors Service.The rater says cat bonds grew from the US$1 billion average over the past few years to US$1.5 billion in 2003. This is based on 13

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Cat securitizations up slightly in 2003

February 5, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

There was modest growth in the use of catastrophe securitizations last year, says California-based risk modeling company Risk Management Solutions (RMS). In its global study of seven publicly reported transactions, RMS estimates US$1.8 billion in cat securitizations were placed in

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U.S. cats cost US$12.8 billion in 2003

January 16, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

U.S. p&c insurers faced a hefty price tag from catastrophes in 2003, with 21 events costing US$12.8 billion, says the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Property Claims Services (PCS). Overall, more than 2.6 million cat claims were filed last year.The is

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Yearend catastrophes highlight rising exposure: Munich Re

January 7, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

As 2003 closed out with earthquakes in Iran and California, the events of the year highlight increasing exposures to catastrophe and new large-scale risks for insurers, says the world’s largest reinsurer. In its annual report on global catastrophes, Munich Re

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2003 a “modest” year for cat losses: Swiss Re

December 17, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

A new Swiss Re sigma study shows 2003 should be a relatively modest year for cat losses, with insurers paying out about US$17 billion (Cdn$22.5 billion) globally.The preliminary estimates put total financial losses from cats at US$65 billion (Cdn$86 billion),

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ICLR tells B.C. inquiry forest fire risk can be mitigated

December 10, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Speaking at the provincial review into B.C.’s “firestorm 2003”, the forest fires that caused extensive damage to several areas of the province this summer, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) highlighted why forest fire risk is growing and how