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Difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry: IBC’s McGown

April 4, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire and other large weather events combined with the lowest return on investment (ROI) in decades to produce a very difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry in 2016, David McGown, senior vice president of strategic initiatives

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April 1 renewals largely following direction set at January 1 renewals: Willis Re

April 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The April 1 2017 renewal season “has largely followed” the direction set at January 1, the latest 1st View renewals report from Willis Re said. 2016 generated an “acceptable, though reduced” return for the global reinsurance industry, Willis Re, the

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Openness to making homes, businesses resilient to severe weather encouraging: OMIA’s John Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

There are encouraging signs from government, municipalities and builders that resiliency needs to become part of building code conversations given that severe weather shows no signs of abating, suggested John Taylor, president and CEO of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

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Lloyd’s reports $2.1 billion pound profit for 2016, major claims from Fort McMurray

March 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist market for insurance and reinsurance, has reported a pre-tax profit of 2.1 billion pounds for 2016, the same as in 2015. The level of Lloyd’s major claims last year (2.1 billion pounds compared to 0.7 billion

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Global insured losses from disasters up 42%, economic losses almost double in 2016 over 2015: Swiss Re

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both economic and insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016 were the highest since 2012 – reversing a four-year downtrend – amounting to US$54 billion and US$175 billion, respectively, notes the latest sigma study from the Swiss

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Volcanic eruption could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, new Swiss Re model says

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from volcanic eruptions could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, according to a new volcano model from Swiss Re. Calling it the “world’s first global volcano model,” the probabilistic model assesses risk in the case of

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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DBRS teams up with MSA Research to provide its insurer ratings on MSA’s analytical platform and reports

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

MSA Research Inc. (MSA) announced on Monday that it will carry exclusively the insurer ratings of DBRS Ltd. on its MSA Research Platform and printed reports. With this partnership, up-to-date ratings from DBRS will now be available at the fingertips

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JLT Re expands analytical modelling capability in Canada

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

JLT Re, the global provider of reinsurance broking and consultancy and part of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, announced on Monday that it has combined forces with flood modelling company KatRisk to provide flood risk modelling capabilities to clients “across

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Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

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Japanese court holds government, electrical utility liable for safety failures in 2011 tsunami

March 17, 2017 Mari Yamaguchi - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO – A court Friday held Japan’s government and a utility liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens out of the thousands of people who fled radiation

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks