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Global market for usage-based insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies: PTOLEMUS

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global market for usage-based insurance (UBI) insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies, according to PTOLEMUS Consulting Group’s UBI Quarterly Dashboard, released on Thursday. The dashboard is a 100-page quarterly quantitative and business intelligence report surveying

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Many global Internet users unprepared for dealing with ransomware attack, study finds

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As institutions around the world continue to assess the full impact of the recent Wannacry ransomware attack, recent research from Ipsos and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) suggests that many global Internet users are “distinctly unprepared” for how

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Mandatory locomotive recorder bill ‘addresses a key safety issue,’ says Transportation Safety Board

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Amendments to the federal Railway Safety Act mandating recording devices, if passed into law, could provide “essential information” to Transportation Safety Board of Canada staff investigating rail accidents and could help prevent such accidents in the future, TSB suggested Tuesday.

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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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The toughest challenge for self-driving cars? Human drivers

May 11, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. A self-driving car would be programmed to drive at the

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Munich Re’s operating result up to 952 million euros in Q1 2017 from 726 million euros in Q1 2016

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re has reported an increased operating result for the first quarter of 2017, from 726 million euros in Q1 2016 to 952 million euros in the most recent quarter. The reinsurance field of business contributed 466 million euros to

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Global demand for new vehicles to increase 1% to 2% in 2017: Fitch

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global demand for new vehicles will increase 1% to 2% in 2017, according to Fitch Ratings’ latest U.S. Automotive Handbook, published on Wednesday. The handbook noted that growth in China, Europe and Brazil will more than offset demand declines in

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Combined ratio 100% in Q1 for Markel

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance writer Markel Corp. reported a combined ratio of 100% in the three months ending March 31, a 12-point deterioration from its combined ratio of 88% during the first quarter of last year. Glen Allen, Virginia-based Markel released April

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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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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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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