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Mobile telematics data can offer rich insights into distracted driving and impact loss trends, Insurance Analytics Canada speaker suggests

June 28, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Mobile telematics data, while sometimes providing “noisy,” or meaningless information, can also offer rich insights on distracted driving that could impact loss trends, a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the third annual Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in Toronto. Ted Gramer,

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Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators releases 2017-2020 strategic plan

June 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) has published its strategic plan for 2017-2020, which focuses its efforts on cooperative supervisory activities, fair treatment of consumers, risks and coverages related to nat cats, and a cooperative approach to financial services

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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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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Canadians “greatly overestimate” their financial literacy skills, including those related to auto insurance: survey

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than two-thirds (67%) of polled Canadians responded incorrectly when asked if an expensive car always costs more to insure that a cheaper car, according to a new survey on Canadians’ financial literacy. Commissioned by Toronto-based LowestRates.ca, which provides a

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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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TSB calls for ‘oversight for all commercial fishing operations’ in Canada

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An investigation into the sinking of a fishing vessel on Lake Superior “highlights several factors as to risk” in Canada’s commercial fishing industry, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in a recent report. TSB released Wednesday a report into

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U.S. earthquakes estimated to cost US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the United States US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published last week by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new loss estimate represents a 10% increase over the

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Majority of global financial institutions to ramp up transformation initiatives over next year, Accenture survey finds

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An Accenture survey of nearly 800 financial services executives across Europe, Asia and North America found that more than half of financial institutions plan to increase their investments in major corporate transformation initiatives, or “change programs,” over the next 12

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35% of top global insurers have appointed a chief digital officer to oversee business transformation: PwC’s Strategy&

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than one-third of the world’s top insurance companies have appointed an executive – commonly known as a chief digital officer (CDO) – to oversee the digital transformation of their business, according to a new study from Strategy&, PwC’s strategy

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Personal injury lawsuit against bike park operator dismissed due to wording of waiver signed by plaintiff

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers of mountain bicycle riding parks should be able to “breathe a sigh of relief” due to a recent court decision from British Columbia, a blogger with an insurance law firm wrote in a recent post. Dr. Blake Jamieson suffered

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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