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2016 sees highest-ever catastrophe insured losses, hail has impact: Rennie

February 1, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

2016 was a year of records: the largest catastrophe-related insured losses in Canada’s history, the biggest loss for a single Cat and the most hail events in the month of July, Carolyn Rennie, managing director of Catastrophe Indices and Quantification

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Reinsurers face challenging market conditions, technology to play important role: Novarica

January 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reinsurers can expect huge losses from man-made and natural catastrophes, open-ended liabilities like asbestos and terrorism, and developing creative technology solutions to become increasingly important in future, Novarica notes in a new report. The new challenges are in the wake

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A.M. Best projects combined ratio of 100.3% for U.S. industry in 2017

January 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The industry-wide combined ratio of the United States property & casualty insurance industry is estimated to have deteriorated by 2.4 points to 100.7% in 2016, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a recent report. The decline in underwriting performance “was

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Adverse development charge highlights AIG’s challenges with longer tail commercial lines: A.M. Best

January 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A week after American International Group Inc. announced it expects to report next month a “material prior year adverse development charge” for Q4 2016, A.M. Best Company Inc. has placed the long-term issuer credit rating of the New York City-based

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Series of October earthquakes in Italy spur 125 million euro loss estimate: PERILS

January 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The series of earthquakes that hit central Italy in late October last year has prompted a property insurance market loss estimate of 125 million euros, PERILS AG reports. The quakes had on impact on the regions of Lazio, Marche and

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Canadian non-life insurance market poised for 2017 profit recovery: Fitch

January 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian non-life insurance industry is likely to return to an underwriting profit in 2017, according to Fitch Ratings’ new report on the Canadian non-life insurance market. Following a significant improvement in 2015 underwriting performance, the market in aggregate will

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Aon announces alternative cyber risk transfer approach

January 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aon Global Risk Consulting announced on Tuesday its Cyber Captive Program, which guides companies through a series of steps to help identify, assess and quantify their cyber exposures – “ultimately making more informed decisions around risk retention in a captive

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Travelers’ net income up 9% in Q4 2016 to US$943 million

January 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has reported a net income of US$943 million for the fourth quarter of last year ending Dec. 31, 2016, up 9% from US$866 million in the prior-year quarter. Travelers released its financial results on Tuesday, noting

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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