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Court appoints committees to represent Economical mutual and non-mutual policyholders

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An Ontario court has appointed two committees to negotiate the allocation of benefits from a demutualization of Economical Insurance, the Waterloo, Ont.-based insurance carrier announced Friday. No federally regulated P&C insurers have demutualized yet. Canada did not have regulations allowing

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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

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RSA Canada posts solid underwriting profit despite nat-Cat events in 2016

February 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

RSA Canada witnessed increased underwriting profit and a solid combined ratio for 2016 despite what can only be described as a challenging year that featured Canada’s most costly insurable nat-Cat ever and a host of other adverse weather events. “We’re

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Combined ratio up 8 points for PartnerRe

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PartnerRe Ltd., which has a Toronto branch office, reported an eight-point deterioration in its combined ratio, from 85.6% in 2015 to 93.6% in 2016, while the net loss in Q4 2016 was US$173.7 million. In addition to reinsurance, Hamilton, Bermuda-based

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Swiss Re reports 2016 net income of US$3.6 billion, P&C Re net income of US$2.1 billion

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re has reported full-year 2016 net income of US$3.6 billion, including Property & Casualty Reinsurance net income of US$2.1 billion. Swiss Re said that its net income in P&C Re was US$2.1 billion last year compared to US$3 billion

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Combined ratio up 2 points for SCOR

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Paris-based reinsurer SCOR SE released Wednesday its latest financial results, reporting a combined ratio of 93.1% in 2016, up 2 points from 91.1% in 2015. The combined ratio in the most recent quarter was 93.3%, up 1.1 points from 92.2%

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Global insurance CEOs concerned about skills shortages and related pace of technological change: PwC survey

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance CEOs have the biggest concerns in the financial services industry over skills shortages and the related pace of technological change, according to a new survey from PwC. The survey, titled Ahead of the curve: Confronting the big talent challenges

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Economical Insurance gross written premiums up 4.8% in Q4 2016 to $521.8 million

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance has reported that gross written premiums (GWP) for the fourth quarter of 2016 ending Dec. 31 grew by $23.8 million, or 4.8%, to $521.8 million from $498 million in Q4 2015. In particular, personal lines premiums grew by

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Allianz Group reports combined ratio of 94.3%

February 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Group recently released its financial results for 2016, reporting a 0.3-point improvement to its combined ratio in property & casualty. The P&C combined ratio last year was 94.3% for Munich-based Allianz, compared to 94.6% in 2015 “due in part

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ICBC launches education campaign on insurance fraud

February 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced on Monday that it has launched an education campaign aimed at helping to prevent insurance fraud. ICBC said in a statement that while most claims are honest, insurance industry studies estimate that

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Fairfax reports 2016 combined ratio for insurance and reinsurance operations of 92.5%

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has released its most recent financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2016 ending Dec. 31, reporting a combined ratio for its insurance and reinsurance operations of 92.5% on a consolidated basis. This result produced

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Northbridge Insurance teams up with Alert Labs for pilot project with home water damage sensors

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Northbridge Insurance has teamed up with Alert Labs for a pilot project that provides customers up to $150 in annual savings on their home insurance if they purchase sensors aimed at protecting homes against water damage. The pilot project offers