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Which insurers were hit hardest by the third-quarter hurricanes?

January 15, 2018 by David Gambrill

Which (re)insurers absorbed the bulk of the insured damages when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ripped through the Caribbean and continental United States in 2017 Q3? A.M. Best compiled a list of 41 insurers and reinsurers who paid out more

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Guess how much a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in eastern Canada could cost insurers?

January 15, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada.

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Why Canadian insurers paid $1.33 billion for cat claims in a benign cat year

January 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian insured losses from catastrophic events in 2017 totaled $1.33 billion, CatIQ Inc. reports, the fifth time that’s happened over the past seven years. “It’s becoming increasingly common to have Canadian annual insured losses to be greater than $1 billion,”

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Was 2017 the costliest year ever for insured losses?

January 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Munich Re has confirmed what industry analysts have long speculated — the hurricane trio of Harvey, Irma and Maria made 2017 the year of the highest global insured losses ever. The final insurance bill for those three hurricanes and other

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2017 cat bond issuance reaches record levels

January 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Catastrophe bond issuance in 2017 reached record levels, including in Canada, as insurers and reinsurers sponsored approximately US$10.5 billion in cat bonds. According to data from the Artemis.bm Deal Directory, there was more than US$10.5 billion in issuance last year,

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How insurers protect their earnings against multiple catastrophes

January 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

With the rise of multiple major catastrophe events in Canada, look for primary insurers to start seeking aggregate reinsurance covers as a means to adapt to climate change-related losses. “It’s the new normal that the companies are going to have

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Why Canadian insurers should feel lucky after 2017

January 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

After a year of massive North Atlantic hurricane losses, Canadian P&C insurers may have dodged a bullet with this year’s renewal season. Reinsurers licensed in Canada “were the main beneficiaries of the relatively quiet Canadian CAT year,” wrote Joel Baker,

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2018 Outlook: John Taylor, President, CEO, Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA)

January 3, 2018 John Taylor

A lot of time and effort in 2018 will be spent reviewing this past year, which could be characterized as “the year of the water claim.” Almost all Ontario mutuals were exposed to one or more heavy rainfall events in

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2018 Outlook: Greg Somerville, President, CEO, Aviva Canada

January 3, 2018 Greg Somerville

There is no denying that natural hazards such as B.C wildfires, multiple flooding events and the hurricanes thrashing our neighbours have been top of mind for the property and casualty insurance industry of late. Too often, these major incidents are

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2018 Outlook: Heidi Sevcik, President, CEO, Gore Mutual Insurance Company

January 2, 2018 Heidi Sevcik

The pace of change in the property and casualty market remains faster than ever before, increasing the need for cooperation and innovation in 2018. The increasing frequency of severe weather events emphasizes the importance of the industry and governments working

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2018 Outlook: Denis Dubois, President, COO, Desjardins General Insurance Group

December 29, 2017 Denis Dubois

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry will continue to evolve rapidly in 2018 in response to accelerating technology, changing customer expectations and climate change. Technology is a double-edged sword for insurers. Vehicles are safer than ever thanks to multiple sensors

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2018 Outlook: Ulrich Kadow, Chief Agent of Canada, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Americas

December 29, 2017 Ulrich Kadow

Across all markets, including Canada, pricing levels are generally at historic lows, which in many cases are well below technical pricing recommendations. Globally, recent natural catastrophes have highlighted the increasing frequency and potential severity of major events, potentially leading to