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Global private companies seem underprepared for cyberattacks: PwC report

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global private companies seem to be more at risk of cyber threats, but less prepared to protect themselves against cyberattacks, according to a new report from professional services firm PwC. Released late last week, the report, titled Undaunted, but underprepared?,

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks

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XL Catlin quadruples North American builder’s risk capacity to US$1 billion

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Catlin announced on Wednesday that it has quadrupled its builder’s risk insurance capacity to US$1 billion from US$250 million for construction firms in North America. The increased coverage for high-value commercial real estate projects is the result of a

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CFC Underwriting increases limits across transaction liability product suite to up to US$50 million in North America

March 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

London, United Kingdom-based specialist lines underwriting agency, CFC Underwriting, announced on Thursday that it has increased the available limits of its transaction liability insurance product suite across all territories. CFC now has the capacity to offer limits up to US$50

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8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use in 2017, up 31% from 2016: Gartner

February 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IT research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. is forecasting that 8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and reaching 20.4 billion by 2020. The company added in a press release last week

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Weather risk accounts for an estimated US$56 billion in untapped wind energy asset values globally: GCube

January 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource underperformance has surpassed mechanical breakdown and component damage as the major obstacle to achieving bankable wind energy projects, GCube Underwriting Ltd. notes in a report estimating the untapped asset values of wind energy stakeholders around the world at US$56

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Record number of M&A deals closed in last two weeks of 2016: Willis Towers Watson

January 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A record number of merger and acquisition deals – 72 – were closed in the last two weeks of 2016, compared to just 48 deals for the same period in 2015, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) latest Quarterly Deal

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2016 costliest 12 months for natural catastrophes in the last four years: Munich Re

January 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The US$175 billion in natural catastrophes losses in 2016 – the lion’s share of which were uninsured – dwarfed those in the previous year and were just shy of 2012’s US$180 billion total, Munich Re reports. The research released Wednesday

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Telematics subscribers using embedded systems to reach 170 million worldwide by 2021, from 26.5 million at the end of 2015: report

December 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The number of telematics service subscribers using embedded systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.4% from 26.5 million subscribers at the end of 2015 to 170.2 million subscribers at the end of 2021, according to

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Insurers that carry out a significant acquisition outperform their peers, with the strongest outperformance in North America: study

December 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance firms that carry out a significant acquisition outperform their peers, with the strongest outperformance seen in North America, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific, according to a new study. Based on analysis from Willis Towers Watson (WTW) and the University

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Global UBI market to reach US$123 billion by 2022, upsurge in demand expected from Canada and U.S.: report

November 23, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The global usage-based insurance (UBI) market is expected to garner US$123 billion by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 36.4% from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report from Allied Market Research (AMR). According to the

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Worldwide shipments of 3D printers to grow 108% in 2016: Gartner

October 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers will grow 108% in 2016 to reach 455,772 units, more than doubling the 219,168 units shipped in 2015, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. The Stamford, Conn.-based information technology research and advisory company