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Global insurance brokers sector will hit US$54.8 billion in 2021 as growth remains impressive despite deceleration: report

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance brokers sector will reach US$54.8 billion in 2021, according to data from research company MarketLine. The global insurance brokers sector has experienced “impressive growth” in recent years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% between

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Canada’s fintech adoption rate doubles in last 18 months: EY report

July 25, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Customer wants, needs and demands are guiding players in Canada’s fintech space toward developing simpler, more transparent and customer-centric financial services products, with insurance expected to see a big increase in uptake in future, suggests new research released Tuesday by

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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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Saskatoon thunderstorm estimated to cost over US$30 million, floods and convective storms cost global economy US$5 billion in June: Aon Benfield

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A thunderstorm over Saskatoon on June 2 that spawned ping pong ball-sized hail is estimated to cost more than US$30 million, Aon Benfield said in its Global Catastrophe Recap report for the month of June. The fast-developing thunderstorm caused the

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Global premiums up in 2016, growth lower but outlook still positive: Swiss Re

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The 3.7% increase in global insurance premiums on the non-life side in 2016 was driven by expansion among the emerging countries and exceptional performance in China, although growth weakened in advanced economies, Swiss Re Institute suggests in its latest sigma

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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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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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Strongest world economic growth expected since 2010: Fitch

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The recovery in global economic growth is strengthening and is expected to pick up to 2.9% this year and peak at 3.1% in 2018, the highest rate since 2010, Fitch Ratings said on Monday in its latest Global Economic Outlook

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May storms in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes caused hundreds of millions in damage and damaged more than 5,200 homes: Aon Benfield

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several low pressure systems that brought heavy rainfall to portions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes last month caused “hundreds of millions” in U.S. dollars and damaged more than 5,200 homes, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap for

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Economy at risk without joint Canada-U.S. cyber defence, says former U.S. National Security Agency director

June 2, 2017 Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada and the United States need a new cyber defence program – like their joint Norad air defence – to prevent hackers from hobbling their economies, says the former head of the U.S. National Security Agency. Retired general

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As U.S. threatens withdrawal, feds still committed to Paris Accord, McKenna says

May 31, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – As the U.S. flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world’s other two largest economies to take a global leadership role on the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Catherine

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Technological change and cyber risk overtake regulation as top risks for global insurers: study

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry’s ability to confront structural and technological changes is now the greatest risk it faces, according to a new survey of insurers and close observers of the sector, released on Tuesday. The Centre for the Study of