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ILS sector set to gather pace after subdued 2016: Aon study

January 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector is set to gather steam this year, with a record amount of catastrophe bonds to mature in the first half of 2017, according to a new report from Aon Securities. Aon Securities, the investment banking

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Munich Re, Insurance Europe welcome U.S.-EU covered agreement

January 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re and Insurance Europe are welcoming the successful conclusion of “covered agreement” negotiations between the United States and the European Union. Munich Re said in a press release on Thursday that “finalizing the agreement is an important step to

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AIG, National Indemnity ink reinsurance agreement covering long-tail prior-year commercial casualty

January 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. said Friday it “expects a material prior year adverse development charge” during the three months ending Dec. 31, 2016 and that National Indemnity Company (NICO) has agreed to reinsure 80% of losses on certain reserves for

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Brexit uncertainties weigh on U.K. insurers but rated entities able to withstand pressure: A.M. Best

January 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ratings firm A.M. Best Company said on Friday that it does not anticipate taking any rating actions as a direct result of plans for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union (EU), “although the cost implications of continuing to

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Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches $9.5 billion: study

January 17, 2017 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – An assessment of the total financial impact of last spring’s Fort McMurray wildfire is pegging the direct and indirect costs of the blaze at $9.5 billion. The figure includes the expense of replacing buildings and infrastructure as well

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Canada’s energy, utilities sectors should beef up climate change competency: report

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies in Canada’s most carbon-intensive sectors are not demonstrating “climate competency” in the boardroom and should be doing so to address climate change issues, suggests a report this week by Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). “Investors are increasingly

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Thinking outside the box key to keeping p&c industry relevant, responsive: Cook

January 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Those in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry must think outside the box and understand the importance of coupling new products with new delivery methods to meet ever-increasing and ever-changing customer expectations, Philip Cook, CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc.,

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Strategic planning of Canada’s p&c industry must extend to five, 10 years: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry must look farther ahead in its strategic planning than it may be used to ensure it fully grasps developing conditions and can address related changes, Philip Cook, CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc., suggested

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Canada becoming less attractive option for investors: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Anticipated less-than-stellar financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry in 2016 will likely contribute to the market becoming less attractive to investors and absent significant improvement, it is unlikely the current level of capital will remain in the country,

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2016 Q4 preliminary loss estimate for natural catastrophes US$245 million: XL Group

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group Ltd.’s insurance and reinsurance segments are almost evenly split with regard to accounting for the company’s approximately US$245 million, natural catastrophe net loss estimate for the fourth quarter of 2016. The preliminary loss estimate “is pre-tax and net

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Catastrophe bond issuance has ‘gradually tapered off:’ A.M. Best

January 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The entry of third-party capital into the reinsurance market appears to be slowing down, while demands from reinsurers “for further concessions in terms” appear to be diminishing, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested in a report released Friday. Oldwick, N.J.-based A.M.

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Severe weather, nat-cats cause record insurable damage in Canada: IBC/CatIQ

January 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe weather last year exacted a heavy toll in terms of insured losses, with the $4.9 billion hit dwarfing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion in 2013, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. Flooding in southern Alberta and the