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Fort McMurray wildfire rebuild gaining momentum as hurdles cleared

April 30, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY _ A long-delayed building boom in Fort McMurray is ramping up as homeowners, insurers, contractors, and officials in the Alberta city clear hurdles that hindered reconstruction after the devastating wildfire last May. While many residents and businesses had hoped

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No public-private flood coverage model a ‘lift and shift directly to Canada:’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP

April 28, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Britain’s Flood Re program provides an “analogy for Canada” in insuring high-risk flood zones, while more research is needed to fully understand the economic impact of climate change, speakers suggested at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s recent Financial Affairs Symposium. Balz

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Former RSA Canada exec appointed CEO Canada, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Adrian Hall, former chief customer officer for RSA Insurance in Canada, takes the helm of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in Canada May 1. He will be “responsible for managing the company’s strategy, development and performance,” Swiss Re Corporate Solutions said

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Aspen posts net income after tax of US$95.5 million for first quarter of 2017

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hamilton, Bermuda-based Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited has reported a net income after tax of US$95.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, down from US$114.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. The insurer’s operating income after

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SCOR reports combined ratio of 94.5% and net income of 140 million euros in Q1 2017

April 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

French reinsurer SCOR SE has reported a P&C combined ratio of 94.5% and a net income of 140 million euros for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31. SCOR released its financial results on Thursday. Its 94.5% P&C combined

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Impact of Fort McMurray wildfire softened by reinsurance risk sharing: DBRS

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Most Canadian insurers were able to generate positive underwriting results in Alberta through their use of reinsurance risk sharing following the Fort McMurray wildfire, credit ratings agency DBRS Limited said in a commentary released on Wednesday. The commentary, titled 2016

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Chubb net income up 149.2% to US$1.09 billion in Q1 2017

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb Limited has reported a 149.2% increase in net income for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, from US$439 million in Q1 2016 to US$1.09 billion in the most recent quarter. Operating income was US$1.17 billion, up 15.3%

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ILS market growth continues in first quarter of 2017, record year possible: Willis Towers Watson Securities

April 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) capital grew again in the first quarter of 2017, continuing the trend from last year, the securities division of Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has reported. Willis Towers Watson Securities, the investment banking business of WTW, released

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Global insurance industry to see “slightly increased” growth by 2018, P&C premium volume to grow by 4% on average: Munich Re

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry is likely to see slightly increased growth by 2018, Munich Re reported on Thursday. Munich Re said in a press release that better economic prospects in the United States and in many emerging markets will offset

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Canadian industry underwriting income down 81% in 2016: MSA

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had underwriting income of $484 million in 2016, down 81% from $2.554 billion in 2015, while reinsurers’ combined ratio deteriorated 30.4 points year over year, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released

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161 companies have exited Canadian P&C market in past 20 years, 96% voluntarily: PACICC

April 13, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Over the past 20 years, 161 different insurance companies have exited the Canadian P&C market, 96% of which were voluntary exits, according to a new report from the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC). The report, the 11th in

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Swiss Re losses from Cyclone Debbie currently estimated at US$350 million

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re currently estimates its claims burden from tropical cyclone Debbie in Australia at about US$350 million, net of retrocession and before tax, while the total insured market losses associated with the event is estimated at around US$1.3 billion. The