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Canada becoming less attractive option for investors: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Anticipated less-than-stellar financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry in 2016 will likely contribute to the market becoming less attractive to investors and absent significant improvement, it is unlikely the current level of capital will remain in the country,

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2016 Q4 preliminary loss estimate for natural catastrophes US$245 million: XL Group

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group Ltd.’s insurance and reinsurance segments are almost evenly split with regard to accounting for the company’s approximately US$245 million, natural catastrophe net loss estimate for the fourth quarter of 2016. The preliminary loss estimate “is pre-tax and net

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Catastrophe bond issuance has ‘gradually tapered off:’ A.M. Best

January 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The entry of third-party capital into the reinsurance market appears to be slowing down, while demands from reinsurers “for further concessions in terms” appear to be diminishing, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested in a report released Friday. Oldwick, N.J.-based A.M.

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Severe weather, nat-cats cause record insurable damage in Canada: IBC/CatIQ

January 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe weather last year exacted a heavy toll in terms of insured losses, with the $4.9 billion hit dwarfing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion in 2013, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. Flooding in southern Alberta and the

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Terrorism insurance calls for ‘high level of vigilance:’ Guy Carpenter

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reinsurers are “striving to close gaps” in policies covering terrorism, while the decline in reinsurance pricing has moderated, Guy Carpenter & Company LLC suggested in a release Thursday. “While there are many areas of focus for product expansion and evolution

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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