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Chubb reports P&C combined ratio of 88% for Q2 2017

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb Limited has reported a P&C combined ratio of 88% for the second quarter of 2017 ending June 30, down 3.2 points from 91.2% in the same quarter last year. Chubb released its financial results on Tuesday. The insurer reported

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Combined ratio down 4.6 points for Everest Re

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Everest Re Group Ltd. reported Monday catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of $53.5 million in the three months ending June 30, with a 4.6-point improvement in its Q2 combined ratio to 90.5%. All figures are in United States dollars. Hamilton,

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Allstate estimates June catastrophe losses at US$335 million

July 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Corp. announced July 20 it estimates its catastrophe losses for the three months ending June 30 will be $993 million, pre-tax, of which $310 million is from 17 events in June alone. Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate reported in August,

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Flood coverage applied to more than three in four eligible SGI home insurance policies

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance reported Thursday a consolidated loss ratio of 60.4% for the year ending March 31, 2017, while 77% of all eligible homeowner policies have optional water protection coverage introduced last year. SGI Canada – the trade name of

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Catastrophe losses contribute to decrease in 2017 Q2 net income for Travelers

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Solid net investment income was not enough to offset higher catastrophe losses and lower underlying underwriting gains, contributing to the Travelers Companies, Inc. witnessing lower net income for 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2. Net income was US$595 million for

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MGA market growth beats industry, but weakens with softening rates: Conning

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Growth in the managing general agent (MGA) market last year exceeded that of the total property and casualty market by 32%, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. “In 2016, comparable firms in Conning’s MGA database

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Bank of Canada raises interest rate to 0.75% from 0.5%

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Bank of Canada announced on Wednesday that it has raised its interest rate for the first time in seven years, to 0.75% from 0.5%. “Recent data have bolstered the Bank’s confidence in its outlook for above-potential growth and the

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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Bank of Canada expected to raise its key rate for first time in nearly seven years

July 11, 2017 Craig Wong - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate target for the first time in nearly seven years on Wednesday following signs the economy is well on the road to recovery after the crash in

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Fitch revises Lloyd’s outlook to negative due to deterioration in underwriting performance

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings has announced that it has revised Lloyd’s of London’s outlook to negative from stable as result of “deterioration in underwriting performance, coupled with increasing exposure to catastrophe risk in the context of continuing pressure on both risk-adjusted premium

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Investment income doubles for Canadian P&C industry: MSA

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had essentially no underwriting income during the first three months of the year but Q1 net investment income more than doubled year over year, figures from a report from MSA Research Inc. suggest.

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Weaker inflation slows to 1.3%, could weigh on Bank of Canada’s rate decision

June 23, 2017 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Steps by the Bank of Canada to prepare the country for an eventual interest rate hike are bumping up against an inflation rate that has eased up on the accelerator. Weaker year-over-year growth in gasoline prices last month