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Global reinsurer capital up by 5% to US$595 billion as of year-end 2016: Aon Benfield

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurer capital rose by 5% to US$595 billion at Dec. 31, 2016, according to the latest edition of the Aon Benfield Aggregate (ABA) report. The report, released on Tuesday, highlights trends in property and casualty reinsurance through the analysis

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213 million euros initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Thomas: PERILS

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The initial estimate of the insured property market loss from extra-tropical cyclone Thomas is 213 million euros, representing the second time so far this season that a European winter storm exceeded 200 million euro, Zurich-based PERILS reports. The market loss

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Intact reports Q1 cat losses of $88 million, aims to double direct-to-consumer business in ‘near term’

April 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corp. recently reported its catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, were $88 million for the first three months of 2017. Toronto-based Intact also says it wants to “double” its direct-to-consumer business in the “mid-term” and is nominating Sylvie Paquette,

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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day

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More action needed to better prepare for earthquake in Canada: Scotti

April 6, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Canada would be well-advised to take a cue from other nations and do more to establish partnerships and requirements that better protect property owners in the event of an earthquake, says Veronica Scotti, president and CEO of Swiss Re Canada.

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Encouraging signs around insurance awareness on a global scale: Swiss Re’s Ojeisekhoba

April 5, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Much remains to be done to bolster awareness, availability and take-up of p&c insurance on a global scale, but there are encouraging signs in play that may be further advanced by use of technology, Moses Ojeisekhoba, chief executive officer, reinsurance

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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

Feature CatastrophesInsuranceReinsurance

Herding Cats

April 1, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor; and Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Catastrophes, both natural and man-made, continue to capture the attention of
everyone involved in Canada’s property and casualty industry. By gathering the most up-to-date and relevant information, the thought is that stakeholders will better be able to herd straggler facts into a more manageable and usable form.

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Measuring Extremes

April 1, 2017 Caterina Lindman, Chair, Climate Index Working Group; and Doug Collins Chair, Climate Change Committee

An updated North American climate index shows an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events in Canada. A number of Canadian regions are among those with the highest index values, indicating the largest deviations in extreme weather events and sea levels from historical values. How can this information help inform the risk management strategies of Canadian insurers and others?

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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