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MGA market growth beats industry, but weakens with softening rates: Conning

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Growth in the managing general agent (MGA) market last year exceeded that of the total property and casualty market by 32%, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. “In 2016, comparable firms in Conning’s MGA database

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Brokers taking the initiative to embrace digital transformation: Insurance Analytics Canada speaker

July 4, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Many brokers are taking the bull by the horns and embracing digital transformation, with or without the help of insurers, a speaker suggested last week at the Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in downtown Toronto. Greg McCutcheon, president of Markham, Ont.-based

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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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Echelon reports Canadian combined ratio of 94% for Q1 2017, down 6% from Q1 2016

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mississauga, Ont.-based Canadian P&C insurer Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has reported a Canadian combined operating ratio of 94% for the three months ending March 31, down from 100% in Q1 2016 and driven by strong results in both personal and

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The Co-operators reports net income of $34.6 million for Q1 2017, combined ratio of 102.5%

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guelph, Ont.-based Co-operators General Insurance Company has reported a consolidated net income of $34.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, down from $39.3 million in the first quarter of 2016. The company’s combined ratio, excluding market

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Optimum General obtains CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has announced that Optimum General Inc. has obtained CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs. Optimum is now CSIO eDocs-certified for both of its lines of business, as the company obtained certification for

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Economical Insurance gross written premiums up 4.8% in Q4 2016 to $521.8 million

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance has reported that gross written premiums (GWP) for the fourth quarter of 2016 ending Dec. 31 grew by $23.8 million, or 4.8%, to $521.8 million from $498 million in Q4 2015. In particular, personal lines premiums grew by

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The Co-operators acquires brokerage Denny’s Insurance of Acton, Ont.

January 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Co-operators General Insurance Company announced on Monday that its wholly-owned subsidiary has purchased personal and commercial lines brokerage Denny’s Insurance. Current clients of Denny’s Insurance, located in Acton, Ont., will be notified of the change in ownership and their existing

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U.S. personal lines stable, commercial lines remain negative in A.M. Best’s 2017 outlooks

December 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ratings firm A.M. Best is maintaining a stable outlook for 2017 on the personal lines segment of the property and casualty industry in the United States, while also maintaining a negative outlook on commercial lines. The Oldwick, N.J.-based firm maintained

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Insurance undergoing “a fundamental structural change”: KPMG speaker

December 8, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The insurance industry is undergoing structural change with the emergence of platform-based business models and insurers need to ready themselves to be able to take part, Matthew Smith, insurance co-lead for the Global Strategy Group at KPMG, suggested during the

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Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. posts net income of $1.4 million in 2016 Q3, up from $1.3 million loss in 2015 Q3

November 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has posted a net income of about $1.4 million in 2016 Q3 compared to a $1.3 million loss in 2015 Q3, although net operating income for the most recent quarter decreased markedly as a result of

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Combined ratio 100.3% for U.S. mutual insurers in 2015: A.M. Best

September 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Mutual property & casualty insurers in the United States experienced more growth in their commercial business than in personal lines over the past five years, while improved pricing sophistication has led to lower loss ratios, A.M. Best Company suggested in