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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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Canadian auto insurance customer satisfaction climbs despite premium increases: J.D. Power study

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Customer satisfaction with auto insurance in Canada has increased for the second consecutive year despite nationwide premium increases, according to the newly released J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Auto Insurance Satisfaction Study. The study, released on Monday, found that across all

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Risk professionals should move to fill the understanding gap around disruptive technologies

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Risk managers will need to take the lead in organizational efforts to address complex challenges and opportunities in an environment that increasingly features rapidly advancing disruptive technology risks, suggests a joint report from broker and risk advisor Marsh

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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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Analytics single greatest disruptor to Canadian insurance industry: survey

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Analytics is the single greatest disruptor to the Canadian insurance industry today, according to 65% of executives polled for a recent survey by Insurance Nexus, a division of FC Business Intelligence. Insurance Nexus reported on Tuesday that it recently surveyed

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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to fund project on connected cars code of practice

March 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada will soon be funding an arms-length project to develop a code of practice for connected cars, weighing a balance between information flow and privacy protection. “The benefits available to Canadians through the

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions explores roadmap to “touchless” claims

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While some insurance carriers continue to favour traditional claims processes, the demand for faster cycle times, reduced expenses and improved customer satisfaction is driving increased automation and an eventual migration from virtual to “touchless claims,” according to a new report

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Incumbent insurers should rethink businesses, embrace opportunity in digital technology: McKinsey & Company

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry is not impregnable and companies would be well-advised to reinvent themselves by incorporating digital technology and allowing it to become a catalyst, suggests a new report issued Thursday by McKinsey & Company. Some executives “know that staying

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Driverless cars to “revolutionize” motor insurance as liability shifts towards manufacturers: Fitch

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles will completely transform the motor insurance sector in the long-term as liability shifts towards manufacturers and the traditional risk pool shrinks, Fitch Ratings said in a new report on Wednesday. Simply put, insurers will be

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U.S.-based DrivSafe launches mobile telematics app in Canada

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

DrivSafe, a Boston, Mass.-based mobile telematics solutions company that specializes in telematics and analytics for the auto insurance industry, has announced the launch of its mobile app in Canada. The DrivSafe app helps auto insurance companies evaluate the driving habits

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Nearly half of global insurers expect to acquire new technologies through M&A in the next three years: Willis Towers Watson survey

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three-quarters of global insurers (74%) believe that their sector has failed to show leadership in digital innovation, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson (WTW) released on Thursday. The report, titled New horizons: How diverse growth strategies

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Insurance Bureau calls on Ontario to implement file-and-use process for private passenger auto, allow e-signatures

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario government should apply a file-and-use process for private passenger auto coverage, Insurance Bureau of Canada suggested in a paper released Monday. Auto insurers’ rate changes are subject to approval by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. FSCO actuaries