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PERILS discloses second loss estimate of 249 million euros for windstorm Thomas

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has disclosed a second loss estimate for windstorm Thomas of 249 million euros, up from its initial loss estimate of 213 million euros on April 6. Windstorm Thomas, also known as Doris, affected the British Isles, Netherlands, Belgium

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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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“Noticeable decline” in distributed denial of service attacks in Q1 2017: Kaspersky

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has found a “noticeable decline” in the number of overall distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and a change to how they were dispersed by country. Kaspersky released late last week its Q1 2017 DDoS

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72% of employees willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company info: survey

April 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three in four (72% of) employees across eight countries, including Canada, are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information, according to a recent survey from computer technology company Dell. Late last week, Dell released the results of

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Desjardins Group and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan invest more than $1 billion in renewable energy and clean technologies

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins Group and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan (DGPP) announced on Friday that they have invested more than $1 billion in renewable energy and clean technologies. The financing came from Desjardins Group’s Capital Market Division and equity investments from the

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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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Consumers starting to expect zero friction, omni-channel offering key: CIAA event speakers

April 18, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurance is among the services that must offer an omni-channel experience if it expects to address the expectations of consumers as the complexity of their demands shift, Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, suggested

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PERILS discloses second property loss estimate of 234 million euros for extratropical cyclone Egon

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has disclosed its second loss estimate of 234 million euros for extratropical cyclone Egon, which affected France and Germany on Jan. 12 and 13 of this year. The cold front associated with Egon resulted in heavy rain and

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Southern U.S. crop losses from March storm could exceed $1 billion: Aon

April 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A weather system that brought sub-freezing temperatures to South Carolina and Georgia, as well as heavy rains in Peru were among the catastrophes with economic losses exceeding $1 billion in March, Aon plc’s Impact Forecasting unit reported Friday in its

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Difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry: IBC’s McGown

April 4, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire and other large weather events combined with the lowest return on investment (ROI) in decades to produce a very difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry in 2016, David McGown, senior vice president of strategic initiatives

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Artificial intelligence and Internet of Things accounted for nearly half of insurtech funding globally in 2016: Accenture

March 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) now account for almost half of total investment in insurance technology (insurtech) startups globally, according to new research from global professional services company Accenture. The research, which includes new analysis of

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Global market for autonomous, assistive safety and comfort vehicle features up to US$26 billion annually by 2025: Bain & Company

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Autonomous vehicles are revving up, with Bain & Company Inc. forecasting annual growth of 12% to 14% for the global market of autonomous and assistive safety and comfort features by 2025. That translates to a global B2B market of US$22