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Volcanic eruption could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, new Swiss Re model says

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from volcanic eruptions could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, according to a new volcano model from Swiss Re. Calling it the “world’s first global volcano model,” the probabilistic model assesses risk in the case of

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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DBRS teams up with MSA Research to provide its insurer ratings on MSA’s analytical platform and reports

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

MSA Research Inc. (MSA) announced on Monday that it will carry exclusively the insurer ratings of DBRS Ltd. on its MSA Research Platform and printed reports. With this partnership, up-to-date ratings from DBRS will now be available at the fingertips

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JLT Re expands analytical modelling capability in Canada

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

JLT Re, the global provider of reinsurance broking and consultancy and part of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, announced on Monday that it has combined forces with flood modelling company KatRisk to provide flood risk modelling capabilities to clients “across

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Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

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Japanese court holds government, electrical utility liable for safety failures in 2011 tsunami

March 17, 2017 Mari Yamaguchi - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO – A court Friday held Japan’s government and a utility liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens out of the thousands of people who fled radiation

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks

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Data-driven methodology allows (re)insurers to identify liability risk exposure across entire portfolios

March 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Lloyd’s reports that a partnership with modelling company Arium has produced a data-driven methodology that will allow (re)insurers to model liability risk exposure probabilistically across entire portfolios. The approach – the result of a three-year project between Lloyd’s and Arium

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Munich Re operating result down in 2016 from 2015, new partnerships could answer changing client demands

March 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re is looking to set up partnerships that would previously not have been considered, the company reported this week in announcing the group operating result fell 16.5% to 4,025 million euros in 2016 compared to 4,819 million euros in

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IBC supports regional platform for disaster risk reduction outcomes, vows to continue working with government

March 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s continued support for efforts by the federal government to enhance disaster risk reduction and make communities more resilient. “Our industry remains committed to being a full partner with

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U.S. northeast winter storm grounds more than 5,000 flights

March 14, 2017 Deepti Hajela - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – A storm expected to drop more than a foot of snow pounded the United States Northeast on Tuesday, paralyzing much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor after a remarkably mild February had lulled people into thinking the worst of

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Largest single loss for Hannover Re in 2016 was the Fort McMurray wildfire, with net cost of 127.9 million euros

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The largest single loss for Hannover Re last year was the Fort McMurray wildfire, with a “net strain” of 127.9 million euros, the reinsurer reported on Thursday. Hannover Re released its financial results on Thursday, reporting a Group net income