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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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Shipping losses continue to decline but “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms: AGCS

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, but a “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety and Shipping Review 2017. The report, released

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US$33 billion in 2016 global insurance M&A marks retreat from prior-year levels: Conning

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed across all sectors in 2016, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. The Conning study, 2017: Global Insurer Mergers & Acquisitions in 2016 – Activity Slows, but Pressures

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March and year-to-date second warmest on record for the world: NOAA

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

On the heels of the second warmest winter in its 138-year record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that March 2017 and the year-to-date were the second warmest on record for the world. The March 2017 average

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Global insurance industry to see “slightly increased” growth by 2018, P&C premium volume to grow by 4% on average: Munich Re

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry is likely to see slightly increased growth by 2018, Munich Re reported on Thursday. Munich Re said in a press release that better economic prospects in the United States and in many emerging markets will offset

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Autonomous vehicles coming, but auto books will not disappear any time soon: CIAA event speaker

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Autonomous vehicles are coming, but there is no need for property and casualty insurers to panic that their auto books are going to quickly disappear, Andrew Lo, president and chief operating officer of Kanetix Ltd., said Thursday at the Canadian

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FM Global launches worldwide flood map for commercial properties

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial property insurer FM Global announced on Tuesday that it has launched its Global Flood Map, offering a “one-stop consistent global view of flood exposure to aid businesses.” The interactive Global Flood Map “presents business executives with a powerful new

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Global insured losses from disasters up 42%, economic losses almost double in 2016 over 2015: Swiss Re

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both economic and insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016 were the highest since 2012 – reversing a four-year downtrend – amounting to US$54 billion and US$175 billion, respectively, notes the latest sigma study from the Swiss

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Nearly half of global insurers expect to acquire new technologies through M&A in the next three years: Willis Towers Watson survey

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three-quarters of global insurers (74%) believe that their sector has failed to show leadership in digital innovation, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) released on Thursday. The report, titled New horizons: How diverse growth strategies

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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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Total economic losses from nat, man-made disasters in 2016 at least US$158 billion: Swiss Re sigma estimate

December 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters in 2016 were at least US$158 billion, 68% higher than the US$94 billion losses in 2015, according to preliminary Swiss Re sigma estimates released on Thursday. The US$158 billion estimate in total

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Gloomy outlook for offshore energy insurance sector: IUMI

September 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The offshore energy sector is facing a series of significant challenges in the wake of a falling premium base and increased volatility, cautions the chairman of the International Union of Marine Insurance’s (IUMI) offshore energy committee. “We have not witnessed