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Worldwide IT spending set to rebound in second half 2017, led by cloud and mobile upgrade cycles: report

July 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Worldwide IT spending is expected to rebound in the second half of the year, led by cloud and mobile upgrade cycles, International Data Corporation (IDC) said in a new report. According to the latest edition of IDC’s Worldwide Black Book,

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Specialist Lloyd’s broker now providing regional Canadian brokers with direct access to London liability insurance market

June 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Servca, the independent international specialist Lloyd’s broker, announced on Thursday that is has expanded its global footprint into Canada. Servca now provides regional Canadian brokers with direct access to Lloyd’s of London specialist products, schemes and carriers, “catering for non-standard

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CIBC economist tells insurers how investment returns could be affected by ‘things that go Trump in the night’

April 26, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Interest rates in Canada are predicted to stay “very low by historic standards” through the end of 2019, an economist recently told insurance professionals, while a “movement against globalization” is a concern for one of Canada’s largest carriers. Avery Shenfeld,

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Lloyd’s reports $2.1 billion pound profit for 2016, major claims from Fort McMurray

March 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist market for insurance and reinsurance, has reported a pre-tax profit of 2.1 billion pounds for 2016, the same as in 2015. The level of Lloyd’s major claims last year (2.1 billion pounds compared to 0.7 billion

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Failure to make supply chains Brexit-ready could cut key industries’ net profits an average of 30%

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

U.K. companies waiting for a clearer sense of the future under Brexit is a risky supply chain strategy that could result in net profits across key industries plummeting an average of 30%, suggests a new study released Tuesday by Bain

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Brexit uncertainties weigh on U.K. insurers but rated entities able to withstand pressure: A.M. Best

January 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ratings firm A.M. Best Company said on Friday that it does not anticipate taking any rating actions as a direct result of plans for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union (EU), “although the cost implications of continuing to

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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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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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A.M. Best maintains global reinsurance sector outlook at negative

December 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A.M. Best Company is holding its outlook for the global reinsurance sector at negative, citing the continued market challenges that will hinder the potential for positive rating actions over time and may eventually translate into negative rating pressures. The Best’s

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Unexpected threats should be a concern to SMEs in U.K.: RSA

December 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than a quarter of polled small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the United Kingdom reported being hit with an unexpected £50,000 bill would put them out of business, notes a new report released this week by RSA. And while

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AIG reports net income of US$462 million for Q3 2016 compared to net loss of US$231 million in Q3 2015

November 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has reported a net income of US$462 million for the third quarter of 2016 ending Sept. 30 compared to a net loss of US$231 million in the prior-year quarter. Net income during the quarter included

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Global IT spending to reach US$3.5 trillion in 2017: Gartner

October 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Driven by growth in software and IT services revenue, worldwide IT spending is forecast to reach US$3.5 trillion in 2017, up 2.9% from 2016 estimated spending of US$3.4 trillion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Gartner, an information