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Government of Manitoba announces legislation to reduce red tape imposed on businesses, industry and local governments

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Manitoba has announced proposed legislation that would reduce outdated, contradictory, complicated or ineffective regulatory requirements imposed on businesses, industry and local governments, provincial Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said last week. Friesen said in a statement that the

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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than

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Global insurance CEOs concerned about skills shortages and related pace of technological change: PwC survey

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance CEOs have the biggest concerns in the financial services industry over skills shortages and the related pace of technological change, according to a new survey from PwC. The survey, titled Ahead of the curve: Confronting the big talent challenges

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New York cyber rules could raise loss exposures for U.S. insurers: Fitch

February 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The implementation of the New York Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) new cybersecurity regulations has the potential to underscore premium growth in cybersecurity insurance and directors and officers (D&O) insurance, but could also raise loss potential for insurers, Fitch Ratings

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Seven of 10 global consumers would welcome robo-advice for banking, insurance and retirement services: Accenture

January 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seven in 10 consumers around the world would welcome robo-advisory services – computer-generated advice and services that are independent of a human advisor – for their insurance, banking and retirement planning, according to a new report by Accenture. The 2017

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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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Ontario launches consultations to cut red tape in financial services sector

December 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Ontario is launching consultations until the end of January 2017, asking businesses and the public to help identify and improve regulations that are “unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly” for the financial services sector. Feedback can be

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Capgemini launches global fintech initiative

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Capgemini has announced that it is launching a global fintech initiative “to fast track fintech engagements with its global financial services clients.” Capgemini – a provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services – announced the initiative on Wednesday, saying in

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U.S. mergers and acquisitions activity expected to remain steady in 2017: KPMG

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the United States is expected to remain steady in 2017 compared to the deal levels of 2016, according to a recent survey by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP. Of the 94 respondents

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Canada fourth largest cyber security hub in world, Ontario has potential to assume leading role

October 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More investment and co-ordination is needed if Ontario – which offers strengths in financial services and technology – is to realize its potential to assume a more dominant leadership role in cyber security, notes a new report issued Thursday. Commissioned

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52% of American transportation firms surveyed worry about distracted driving: Travelers

September 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 90% of American consumers surveyed by The Travelers Companies Inc. reported they were “at least somewhat” concerned by distracted driving, while more than half of business respondents reported the same concern, Travelers said in a report announced Monday.

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Global banking, financial services and insurance security market to grow to US$48.95 billion by 2021: report

September 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The global banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) security market is estimated to grow to nearly US$50 billion by 2021, driven by regulatory, security and cyber factors. Market research firm MarketsandMarkets said in a report released Thursday that the BFSI