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Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

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PCS estimates $3.98 billion in insured damage from Fort McMurray wildfire in final re-survey

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Property Claim Services (PCS) has updated its insured damage estimate for the Fort McMurray wildfire to $3.98 billion, down from its August estimate of $4.67 billion. Of the $3.98 billion estimate, the majority is in personal lines ($2.9 billion), with

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Cat bond issuance so far in 2016 down 15% compared to same period in 2015, Fort Mac reviving talk about unmodelled risks: PCS

October 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Year-to-date Cat bond issuance was down more than 15% compared to the prior-year period as a result of a usually light third quarter and a less usual quiet second quarter, notes a new report from Property Claim Services (PCS). The

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U.S. P&C insurers report US$1.5 billion net underwriting loss in first half of 2016

October 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Private property and casualty insurers in the United States reported a US$1.5 billion net underwriting loss in the first half of 2016 – the first year-to-date net underwriting loss in more than three years, according to ISO, a Verisk Analytics

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PCS re-survey estimates $4.67 billion in insured damage from Fort McMurray wildfire

August 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses arising from the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire are estimated at $4.67 billion, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s Property Claims Services said in a bulletin this week. The wildfire in May was the most expensive natural catastrophe in Canadian history, when

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U.S. private p&c insurers’ net income falls 26.6% in Q1 2016, combined ratio up 1.8%: Verisk

July 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Private property and casualty insurers in the United States saw their net income after taxes fall to US$13.3 billion in first-quarter of 2016 from US$18.1 billion in first-quarter 2015, a 26.6% decline, according to data from ISO, a Verisk Analytics

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Within the Margins

July 1, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Some reinsurers use the catastrophe models of third-party vendors; others have opted to develop their own internal models to estimate losses. But despite significant improvements in data collection and computing power, there will always be some level of uncertainty in Cat models, especially those attempting to predict losses from human-induced disasters like cyber attacks or nuclear terrorism.

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Fort McMurray wildfire loss estimate pegged at $4.6 billion: Property Claim Services data

June 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The massive Fort McMurray wildfire is expected to cost the Canadian insurance industry $4.6 billion, according to data from Property Claim Services (PCS), a Verisk Analytics business. The loss estimate of $4,630,800,000 includes property damage losses under residential, commercial and

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At least US$350M in insured losses from Ecuador quake that killed more than 500: AIR

April 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

As Ecuador continues to suffer aftershocks from a major earthquake the evening of April 16, catastrophe modeling vendor AIR Worldwide estimates insured losses could exceed $1 billion. In an alert published Thursday, Boston-based AIR Worldwide said it estimates that industry

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ISO to collect cyber insurance data to help mitigate risk related to cyberattacks

April 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

ISO, a Verisk Analytics business, announced on Wednesday that it will collect, aggregate and analyze cyber insurance data to help address a major issue facing today’s cyber insurance market: the need for more detailed underwriting and rating information. ISO said