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Global economy to post best performance in three years, Canadian growth to accelerate over next two years: Scotiabank

January 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global economy is projected to post its best performance this year since 2014, while growth in Canada in expected to accelerate over the next two years, according to Scotiabank’s Global Outlook, published on Tuesday. While geopolitical risks abound, recent

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U.S. professional liability market to remain robust in 2017, with competitive level for D&O and E&O businesses remaining heightened: A.M. Best

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The professional liability sector of the United States property and casualty insurance market will continue to be robust in 2017, with the competitive level for directors and officers (D&O) and errors and omissions (E&O) businesses specifically remaining heightened, A.M. Best

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Canada becoming less attractive option for investors: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Anticipated less-than-stellar financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry in 2016 will likely contribute to the market becoming less attractive to investors and absent significant improvement, it is unlikely the current level of capital will remain in the country,

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Loss ratio for Canadian commercial insurers deteriorates in accident year 2016 compared to same period in 2015: Willis Towers Watson survey

January 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reported claim cost information for Canadian commercial insurers reveals a deterioration in loss ratio of 38.4% in accident year 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey – Canada

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2016 Q4 preliminary loss estimate for natural catastrophes US$245 million: XL Group

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group Ltd.’s insurance and reinsurance segments are almost evenly split with regard to accounting for the company’s approximately US$245 million, natural catastrophe net loss estimate for the fourth quarter of 2016. The preliminary loss estimate “is pre-tax and net

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Severe weather, nat-cats cause record insurable damage in Canada: IBC/CatIQ

January 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe weather last year exacted a heavy toll in terms of insured losses, with the $4.9 billion hit dwarfing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion in 2013, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. Flooding in southern Alberta and the

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Terrorism insurance calls for ‘high level of vigilance:’ Guy Carpenter

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reinsurers are “striving to close gaps” in policies covering terrorism, while the decline in reinsurance pricing has moderated, Guy Carpenter & Company LLC suggested in a release Thursday. “While there are many areas of focus for product expansion and evolution

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Increased cyber espionage, data integrity attacks part of global threat landscape in 2017: Stroz Friedberg

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Top cyber threats in the coming year include nation state cyber espionage, a rise in data integrity attacks and more attacks harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, notes in its 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions report. “We

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Record new Cat bond, ILS issuance in 2016 spurs highest-ever outstanding market size: Artemis.bm

January 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe bonds and similarly structured insurance-linked securities (ILS) deals in 2016 propelled the market to record levels, with the approximately US$7 billion in new issuance resulting in an outstanding market size of US$26.82 billion at year-end, notes the latest edition

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Fourth quarter 2016 M&A deal volumes fall from Q4 2015: Willis Towers Watson

December 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Deal volumes for the fourth quarter of 2016 so far have fallen to 201 deals compared to 307 in Q4 2015, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM), released on Tuesday. While there is a

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Europe’s insurers paid out 2.7 billion euros a day in 2015: Insurance Europe

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Europe’s insurers paid out a total of 975 billion euros in claims and benefits over the course of 2015, the equivalent of about 2.7 billion euros per day, according to figures released on Tuesday by Insurance Europe, the European insurance

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B.C. directs ICBC to conduct review of insurance rates, approve Basic rate increase of no more than 4.9%

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of British Columbia has directed the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) board to commission a comprehensive, independent third-party review to look at a range of options and make recommendations that will “keep insurance rates affordable and align