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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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Resource risk top concern for wind energy sector: GCube Underwriting

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource risk has surpassed mechanical and electrical breakdown to become the number one potential source of financial losses for onshore wind energy developers, owners and operators globally, suggests a new report from GCube Underwriting Ltd. Despite continued development and improvement

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Tornadoes suspected in violent N.B. storm: ‘It came without any notice’

May 19, 2017 The Canadian Press

SHIPPAGAN, N.B. – Authorities suspect a violent storm that hit New Brunswick suddenly late Thursday, ripping roofs apart and pulling down utility poles, may have been powered by tornadoes. “They were expecting some thundershowers, but nothing of that magnitude so

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Technology advances to change insurance value chain, offers chance to reboot

May 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Technology advances will likely affect – perhaps even eliminate – some current roles in the insurance value chain, but should be regarded as an opportunity to focus more on value-added services and getting a seat at the table where new

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Quebec announces increase in financial assistance for flood victims

May 18, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The amount of financial assistance available for people dealing specifically with the aftermath of heavy flooding this year has been topped up, the Quebec government announced Wednesday. Premier Philippe Couillard told a news conference the province’s preliminary estimates

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Customer choice must be key consideration in next wave of insurTech: expert

May 18, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

An insurer’s safest bet for survival as insurTech enters its second wave is to make customer choice a true focal point, providing customers access to answers and services when and how they want, Matteo Carbone, founder and director of the

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Storms pummel central U.S., as tornadoes kill at least two

May 17, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

ELK CITY, Okla. – Storms whipped through a wide swath of the central U.S., forming tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. The storms

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Residents airlifted out as rising Churchill River threatens Labrador town

May 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Police in Labrador say residents of a small community surrounded by water are being evacuated as an ice jam causes a river to swell and flood the area. RCMP Cpl. Rick Mills says the air

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IBC board recommends Ontario, Atlantic Canada members voluntarily align home policies to protect innocent co-insureds

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) board of directors is recommending that IBC’s members operating in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces voluntarily align their home insurance policies with other jurisdictions when it comes to protecting “innocent co-insureds.” Current legislation in

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Soft pricing in global reinsurance market to continue for at least the rest of 2017: Fitch

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue for at least the rest of 2017, ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report released Monday. “We expect premium rates to continue declining, due to large volumes of under-deployed

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Quebec premier wants to announce flood compensation changes before end of week

May 16, 2017 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – New rules governing compensation for flood victims could come by the end of the week, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Monday. The government’s current financial aid program isn’t inadequate, but could be improved, the premier told reporters in

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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