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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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Homeowners could see cheaper premiums with private insurance than with NFIP: report

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A majority of single-family homes in Florida, Texas and Louisiana could see cheaper premiums with private insurance than with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), according to a briefing paper from Milliman, a provider of actuarial and related products and

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GC Securities completes “first ever indemnity triggered multi-Europe peril only” cat bond

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

GC Securities – a division of U.S. registered broker-dealer MMC Securities LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) – has announced the “first ever indemnity triggered multi-Europe peril only 144A catastrophe bond.” The placement of Principal At-Risk

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“Nearly all” U.K. drivers paying record amounts for car insurance: Association of British Insurers

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Drivers in nearly all age groups in the United Kingdom are paying record amounts for their car insurance and could face further increases unless the government takes action to reduce claims costs, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) warned recently.

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James Kent appointed to lead Willis Re as John Cavanagh announces retirement

July 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Re, the reinsurance business of global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson (WTW), has announced that James Kent will succeed John Cavanagh as he steps down from his position as global CEO. Cavanagh will retire from WTW

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Intact Financial Corporation announces $105 million Cat loss for 2017 Q2

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation’s (IFC) estimated catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, for 2017 Q2 is about $105 million on a pre-tax basis, reports Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty. On an after-tax basis, the estimated loss amounts to $77 million

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‘Significantly more’ than 90% of Allied World Assurance shareholders expected to tender stock for Fairfax merger

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG “fully expect” that all closing conditions for the merger with Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited will be met by Thursday, Allied World suggested in Wednesday in a press release. A deadline, for

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Cat bonds with coverage for Canada in the first half of 2017 totalled $2.7 billion: PCS

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Sponsors completed six catastrophe bonds with coverage for Canada in the first half of 2017, raising $2.7 billion through transactions that included Canada, Property Claim Services (PCS) said in its PCS H1 2017 Catastrophe Bond Report. The first cat bond,

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Global premiums up in 2016, growth lower but outlook still positive: Swiss Re

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The 3.7% increase in global insurance premiums on the non-life side in 2016 was driven by expansion among the emerging countries and exceptional performance in China, although growth weakened in advanced economies, Swiss Re Institute suggests in its latest sigma

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Fitch revises Lloyd’s outlook to negative due to deterioration in underwriting performance

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings has announced that it has revised Lloyd’s of London’s outlook to negative from stable as result of “deterioration in underwriting performance, coupled with increasing exposure to catastrophe risk in the context of continuing pressure on both risk-adjusted premium

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‘All regulatory approvals’ received for Fairfax-Allied World merger but deal still not complete

June 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. announced Thursday it now has “all regulatory approvals that are necessary” for it to merge with Swiss insurer and reinsurer Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG but suggested fewer than 90% of Allied World shareholders

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$1.185B flood protection project to lead to Toronto waterfront makeover

June 28, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A portion of Toronto’s waterfront is set to undergo a nearly $1.2 billion flood protection project that will lead to a makeover of the area. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory announced