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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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Canada second most expensive country for data breaches: IBM and Ponemon Institute study

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada was the second most expensive country for data breaches, costing an average of $255 per lost or stolen record in 2017, according to a new report sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Released on Tuesday,

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43% of companies achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments: XL Catlin-sponsored survey

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in 10 companies surveyed for an XL Catlin-sponsored study have reported achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments, especially those using digital technology at all levels of operations, from supply chains and distribution networks to compliance activities

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Hurdles to digital transformation remain, half of respondents have formal strategy: global survey

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Some things seem to persist, including how inflexible IT systems, organizational silos and security concerns continue to rear their heads as obstacles to global enterprises adopting formal strategies for digital transformation. So suggests the Enterprise Digital Transformation Strategies: Turning Disruption

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Resource risk top concern for wind energy sector: GCube Underwriting

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource risk has surpassed mechanical and electrical breakdown to become the number one potential source of financial losses for onshore wind energy developers, owners and operators globally, suggests a new report from GCube Underwriting Ltd. Despite continued development and improvement

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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