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Increased cyber espionage, data integrity attacks part of global threat landscape in 2017: Stroz Friedberg

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Top cyber threats in the coming year include nation state cyber espionage, a rise in data integrity attacks and more attacks harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, notes in its 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions report. “We

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2016 costliest 12 months for natural catastrophes in the last four years: Munich Re

January 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The US$175 billion in natural catastrophes losses in 2016 – the lion’s share of which were uninsured – dwarfed those in the previous year and were just shy of 2012’s US$180 billion total, Munich Re reports. The research released Wednesday

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Canadian risk beginning to feature “fairly prominently” in cat bond market: PCS

January 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian risk has begun to feature “fairly prominently” in the catastrophe bond market, with three cat bonds issued last year, according to Property Claim Services’ (PCS) full-year cat bond report for 2016. The report, titled Strong Finish: PCS FY2016 Catastrophe

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Fort McMurray wildfire tops annual meteorologist list of weather stories

January 3, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The “beast” of a wildfire that charred Fort McMurray, Alta., was named Canada’s biggest weather story of the year in an annual list compiled by the country’s top meteorologists. The list, which also includes the melting Arctic Sea

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Record new Cat bond, ILS issuance in 2016 spurs highest-ever outstanding market size: Artemis.bm

January 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe bonds and similarly structured insurance-linked securities (ILS) deals in 2016 propelled the market to record levels, with the approximately US$7 billion in new issuance resulting in an outstanding market size of US$26.82 billion at year-end, notes the latest edition

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Fairfax-Allied World deal among the ‘most noteworthy’ of recent insurance M&A announcements: Willis Re

January 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The merger agreement between Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG – announced Dec. 18 – reflects “the view that the new U.S. government may provide a more favorable corporate tax environment” and demonstrates “that scale

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Europe’s insurers paid out 2.7 billion euros a day in 2015: Insurance Europe

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Europe’s insurers paid out a total of 975 billion euros in claims and benefits over the course of 2015, the equivalent of about 2.7 billion euros per day, according to figures released on Tuesday by Insurance Europe, the European insurance

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Benefits of merging Fairfax and Allied World ‘far outweigh’ overlap in reinsurance: Fairfax Insurance COO

December 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The merger agreement announced Sunday by Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG will give Fairfax a “rather different profile” of insurance business than it currently owns, but it is not clear what percentage of

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U.S. private cyber insurance market capable of managing most risks: study

December 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The private cyber insurance market in the United States is capable of managing most risks, according to a new policy study from Washington, D.C.-based think tank R Street Institute. Released on Thursday, the study from R Street senior fellow Ian

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Total economic losses from nat, man-made disasters in 2016 at least US$158 billion: Swiss Re sigma estimate

December 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters in 2016 were at least US$158 billion, 68% higher than the US$94 billion losses in 2015, according to preliminary Swiss Re sigma estimates released on Thursday. The US$158 billion estimate in total

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Swiss Re adopts climate-related financial disclosure recommendations

December 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re announced on Wednesday that it will adopt the climate-related financial disclosure recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Swiss Re helped develop the voluntary guidelines on climate risk reporting and is a member of the

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U.S. personal lines stable, commercial lines remain negative in A.M. Best’s 2017 outlooks

December 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ratings firm A.M. Best is maintaining a stable outlook for 2017 on the personal lines segment of the property and casualty industry in the United States, while also maintaining a negative outlook on commercial lines. The Oldwick, N.J.-based firm maintained