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Saskatchewan government extends effective data for PST on insurance premiums

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Saskatchewan announced on Wednesday that it has extended the effective date for the application of provincial sales tax to insurance premiums following discussions with insurance industry associations. The Ministry of Finance said in a press release that

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Global cyber attacks expected to up demand for related insurance, U.S. market could grow 10-fold: Fitch Ratings

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings expects demand for cyber insurance protection will increase in the wake of the slew of recent ransomware cyber attacks in 150-plus countries, but cautions against aggressive expansion that could prove credit-negative. “Growth in corporate anxiety from cyber-related threats

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Confusion, frustration common to BI claims can be lessened: RIMS survey

April 26, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Quantifying business interruption losses continues to be a big challenge, reported by almost six in 10 RIMS members taking part in a recent survey, but a well-conceived approach by risk managers can help to clear any hurdles. “By

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Damage to reputation/brand gets social, cyber jumps higher on risk list: Aon survey

April 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Social media is amplifying the impact of the top-ranked risk for businesses – damage to reputation and brand – while cyber risk has fully entrenched itself in the Top 10, becoming the number one risk for respondents in

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Intact Ventures becomes strategic investor in Canadian IoT technology company Alert Labs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Ventures has made its first investment in Canada Alert Labs Inc., an Ontario provider of easy-to-install technology that offers residential and commercial property owners real-time water use, flood, leak, temperature and power alerts. Not only do the alerts generated

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Home purchase plans down overall, Millennials most optimistic group: RBC

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A quarter of those taking part in a new RBC Royal Bank poll seem to be taking a “wait-and-see” approach to buying a home within the next two years, but the dip from 2016 is buoyed by Millennials more willing

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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day

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RMS releases new class of cyber-physical risk modelling for property insurers

April 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RMS has expanded its range of cyber models to include a new class of so-called cyber-physical models in a bid to answer the increasing related risk of insurance losses from hackers targeting control systems linked to the Internet. These cyber-physical

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More action needed to better prepare for earthquake in Canada: Scotti

April 6, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Canada would be well-advised to take a cue from other nations and do more to establish partnerships and requirements that better protect property owners in the event of an earthquake, says Veronica Scotti, president and CEO of Swiss Re Canada.

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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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New DGIG water protection program available country-wide

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group has announced the cross-country availability of a new home insurance program designed to keep policyholders informed of potential leak sources so that action can be taken and water-related damage prevented. Water damage accounts for more than

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RSA Group reports record 2016 underwriting profit of 380 million pounds and record combined ratio of 94.2%

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RSA Group has reported a record Group underwriting profit of 380 million pounds for 2016 – up 73% from 220 million pounds in 2015 – and a record Group combined ratio of 94.2% compared to 96.9% in 2015. RSA also