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AIR Worldwide releases probabilistic crop hail model for Canada

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide has released what the catastrophe risk modelling firm calls the industry’s first crop hail model to provide stakeholders across the crop insurance value chain with a probabilistic view of the effects of hail on Canadian crops. Currently available

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Companies plan to spend more on cloud computing services this year, higher prices among drivers: Clutch

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies are planning to spend more on cloud computing services in 2017, but must be cognizant that anticipated costs could balloon absent appropriate monitoring and use, suggest survey results released this week by Clutch. Reflecting input from 283 IT professionals

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Gains, losses in efforts to combat cyber crime in 2016: Trustwave

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The fight against cyber crime showed both advances and retreats in 2016, with improvements on the intrusion detection and breach containment fronts matched by cyber crime increasingly being treated as a business, suggests a Trustwave report released Tuesday. Findings in

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Manitoba Public Insurance requests 2.7% overall rate increase for 2018/19 insurance year

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has announced that it has requested a 2.7% overall rate increase for the 2018/19 insurance year. MPI requested the rate increase for the 2018/19 insurance year in its general rate application filed with the Public Utilities

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IBAO & Intact partner to deliver information to customers electronically

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) and Intact Insurance Company announced on Friday that they have created a working group to explore ways for brokers to integrate Intact’s new online Client Centre with their existing systems. This newly-formed group

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Multiple access points for single customer to obtain electronic communications could be detrimental to Ontario consumer: IBAO

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Creating multiple access points for a single consumer to obtain electronic communications, including e-documents, could be detrimental to the Ontario consumer, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) argued in a position paper released on Thursday. IBAO released the paper,

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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Toronto considering zoning, licensing and taxation rules for short-term rental platforms

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto will soon consider recommendations to adopt new rules for short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb – which are unregulated – to address concerns ranging from noise to safety and taxation, notes a municipal backgrounder. The Report

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Vehicle and equipment dealerships in Alberta authorized to sell gap insurance

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Alberta Insurance Council (AIC) has announced that its General Insurance Council (GIC) has approved the issuance of a restricted certificate of authority authorizing both vehicle and equipment dealerships to sell gap insurance. Gap insurance is property insurance that covers

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Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. increased by less than 1% for sixth straight quarter: Willis Towers Watson

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance prices in the United States were nearly flat during the first quarter of 2017, according to the last Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS) from Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The survey, released on Monday, compared prices charged on

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Price continues to be hurdles to adoption of smart home devices: survey

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Price is among the top barriers to more people adopting smart home technology to help ease home management pain points in the United States, notes a survey of 1,000-plus adults south of the border released by U.K. smart home brand

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Gore Mutual launches cyber and data breach product for Canadian small businesses

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Gore Mutual Insurance Company has announced a cyber and data response product for Canadian small businesses as well as a partnership with a global home automation company to provide flood sensors to select commercial and personal customers. Gore Mutual announced