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Global acquirers underperformed in the second quarter: Willis Towers Watson

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market underperformed in the second quarter of 2017, as Europe M&A bucked the trend and market volatility and economic uncertainty depressed performance in North America and Asia, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest

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43% of companies achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments: XL Catlin-sponsored survey

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in 10 companies surveyed for an XL Catlin-sponsored study have reported achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments, especially those using digital technology at all levels of operations, from supply chains and distribution networks to compliance activities

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Hurdles to digital transformation remain, half of respondents have formal strategy: global survey

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Some things seem to persist, including how inflexible IT systems, organizational silos and security concerns continue to rear their heads as obstacles to global enterprises adopting formal strategies for digital transformation. So suggests the Enterprise Digital Transformation Strategies: Turning Disruption

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Revenues for Marsh’s U.S./Canada division up to US$775 million in Q1 2017, from US$701 million in Q1 2016

May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Marsh has reported revenues of US$775 million for its U.S./Canada division for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, up from US$701 million in the first quarter of 2016. Consolidated revenue for the quarter was US$3.5 billion, up 5%

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SCOR reports combined ratio of 94.5% and net income of 140 million euros in Q1 2017

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

French reinsurer SCOR SE has reported a P&C combined ratio of 94.5% and a net income of 140 million euros for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31. SCOR released its financial results on Thursday. Its 94.5% P&C combined

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Global organizations spending almost four times more budget on property-related risks than cyber risks: Aon/Ponemon report

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global organizations are spending nearly four times more budget on property-related risks than cyber risks, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Aon plc. The 2017 Cyber Risk Transfer Comparison Global Report also

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Damage to reputation/brand gets social, cyber jumps higher on risk list: Aon survey

April 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Social media is amplifying the impact of the top-ranked risk for businesses – damage to reputation and brand – while cyber risk has fully entrenched itself in the Top 10, becoming the number one risk for respondents in

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Artificial Intelligence set to transform insurance industry, but integration challenges remain: Accenture

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) will “significantly transform” the insurance industry in the next three years, with insurers investing in AI to empower agents, brokers and employees to enhance the customer experience with automated personalized services, faster claims handling and individual risk-based

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Artificial intelligence and Internet of Things accounted for nearly half of insurtech funding globally in 2016: Accenture

March 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) now account for almost half of total investment in insurance technology (insurtech) startups globally, according to new research from global professional services company Accenture. The research, which includes new analysis of

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Global private companies seem underprepared for cyberattacks: PwC report

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global private companies seem to be more at risk of cyber threats, but less prepared to protect themselves against cyberattacks, according to a new report from professional services firm PwC. Released late last week, the report, titled Undaunted, but underprepared?,

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks

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Global IoT insurance market to reach nearly US$43 billion by 2022: study

February 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global Internet of Things (IoT) insurance market is estimated to grow dramatically at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65.89% to reach US$42.76 billion by 2022 from 2016, according to a new report from Research and Markets. The