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How Zurich can use AI to reduce a broker’s E&O exposure

February 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Toronto-based artificial intelligence (AI) vendor is working with Zurich Canada to reduce errors and omissions risk in commercial insurance policies. Often commercial policies have dozens of pages with several endorsements, which someone needs to read for accuracy before the…

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What the commercial underwriter of the future might look like

February 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Commercial underwriting in the future may expand to encourage more cross-functional and hybrid responsibilities, potentially with engineering, claims, finance or operations, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company’s insurance practice. “To attract younger talent, companies need to recognize…

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One solution for non-damage business interruption

February 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

Parametric insurance can help fill a gap in some policies by covering non-damage business interruption, a speaker said Tuesday at AXA XL’s Fast Forward LIVE event in downtown Toronto. Caused by a variety of factors, including severe weather conditions, non-damage…

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The two main benefits of parametric insurance

February 20, 2019 by Jason Contant

Speed is one of the main benefits of parametric insurance compared to traditional forms of insurance, with the underwriting process taking just several days to two weeks, speakers from AXA Global Parametrics in France said Tuesday. Parametrics is index-based insurance,…

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Captive insurance programs target commercial auto in Canada

February 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

eCaptiv, which provides alternative and captive insurance solutions in Canada and the United States, will be forming two group captives through an exclusive group of independent insurance brokers to “combat commercial auto trends in Canada.” The programs are in the…

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How your client’s directors could be blamed for cyber losses

February 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cyber risk awareness is on the rise among corporate directors, who could face liability risk if they are accused of being lax on governance. “Corporate clients are more likely to be aware today, compared to a few years ago, of…

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The aftermath of ‘firm action’ in Lloyd’s market

February 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Eight Lloyds syndicates have closed and some clients insured by the London market are seeing premiums increase four-fold, the head of a major Bermuda insurer suggests. “After some firm action by Lloyd’s in (2018), we saw the closure of eight…

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Why brokers hail the D/X Initiative as “the start of the revolution”

February 7, 2019 by David Gambrill

A “watershed moment” of industry cooperation could lead in April to what brokers are heralding as the most significant technology breakthrough in broker-carrier connectivity in decades. Representatives of every broker association across the country met in Toronto on Jan. 29,…

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What commercial brokers are saying about the worrisome market turn

February 4, 2019 by David Gambrill

Whether the industry faces a hard market or simply a “market correction,” commercial lines premiums are definitely on the rise, Canadian commercial brokers reported in an online poll by Canadian Underwriter. And they are starting to get concerned about it.…

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Why the cyber market has become so crowded

January 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Clients shopping for cyber insurance today can choose from among far more carriers than they could a few years ago, because it’s such a profitable line of business. However, one reason cyber is more profitable than other lines of coverage…

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Don’t give up on commercial waivers

January 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Properly constructed and worded waivers will be upheld in court, with one commercial and insurance lawyer strongly recommending their continued use. “There are policies and procedures and ways to draft agreements where I promise you the waivers will be upheld,”…

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How to make money during an unprofitable market

January 24, 2019 by David Gambrill

As market conditions start to become more challenging in personal home, auto and commercial property lines, how can carriers and brokerages maintain a healthy, profitable book of business? “To me, there are three possible strategies,” says Greg McCutcheon, president of…