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Preparing Canada for inevitable earthquake recognized as a national social and economic threat: IBC’s Forgeron

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Preparing Canada for an inevitable earthquake is a priority for the insurance industry, as this is recognized as a “national social and economic threat,” said Don Forgeron, president and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), in response to

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Federal government should consider emergency back-stop mechanism for catastrophic earthquake: conference board

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Conference Board of Canada is echoing a recent recommendation by a former federal superintendent of financial institutions for Ottawa to consider adopting a last-resort, emergency back-stop mechanism for a catastrophic earthquake given the long-reaching, adverse effects that the event

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Insured losses of New Zealand quake could be as much as US$3.5 billion: AIR Worldwide

November 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The largest earthquake to hit New Zealand since 2009, registering magnitude 7.8, could contribute to insured losses amounting to US$762 million to US$3.5 billion, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide reported Thursday. The modelled estimates include insured physical damage to property

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PCS estimates $3.98 billion in insured damage from Fort McMurray wildfire in final re-survey

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Property Claim Services (PCS) has updated its insured damage estimate for the Fort McMurray wildfire to $3.98 billion, down from its August estimate of $4.67 billion. Of the $3.98 billion estimate, the majority is in personal lines ($2.9 billion), with

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Canadian insurers ‘in a tough time for investments,’ A.M. Best analysts warn

November 15, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Mergers and acquisitions in the reinsurance sector sometimes involve carriers acquiring managing general agents, while in Canada, M&As have involved insurers trying to “beef up certain parts of their enterprise,” analysts from A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested at a recent

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More than half of polled P&C insurers aware of implications and potential of blockchain: Strategy Meets Action

November 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than half of P&C insurers surveyed by insurance strategic advisory firm Strategy Meets Action (SMA) are at least aware of the implications and potential of blockchain in the industry, a new report from the company has found. In particular,

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Canadian insurers covering Fort McMurray property ‘learned a lot’ from 2011 Slave Lake wildfire: A.M. Best’s Silverthorn

November 10, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The insured loss from the wildfire in May in Fort McMurray, Alta. will be “somewhere between” $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion, with European reinsurers covering nearly half of the loss, analysts from A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested Thursday. “The reinsurers

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Munich Re posts profit of 684 million euros in third quarter

November 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re has posted a profit for 684 million euros in the third quarter of 2016 ending Sept. 30, up from 525 million euros in the same quarter last year. For the first nine months of the year ending Sept.

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Hurricane Matthew causes up to US$15 billion impact to U.S. and Caribbean economies in October: Aon Benfield

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Matthew, which swept through parts of the Caribbean and United States last month, is expected to cost up to US$15 billion to both economies, according to Aon Benfield’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap. Released on Wednesday, the report from Aon

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Fort McMurray will hit Canadian’s p&c industry financial results in 2016: A.M. Best

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Current-year financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry – which were once again strong in 2015 – are expected to take a hit in the wake of the Fort McMurray wildfire loss, notes a new report from A.M. Best.

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Oceans Protection Plan includes robust polluter-pay approach to abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels

November 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s new $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan involves a raft of measures to help protect the country’s marine environment, including a pollution-pay approach with regard to abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels The national plan was announced Monday in St.

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Hurricane Matthew ‘will not be material’ to Berkshire Hathaway’s financial results

November 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported Friday a 13% drop in its property & casualty premiums earned at its reinsurance group, while the primary insurers had a combined loss ratio of 61% during the third quarter of this year. For the three