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California asks US for $7.4 billion for wildfire rebuilding

November 6, 2017 Olga R. Rodriguez - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers asked the U.S. government Friday for $7.4 billion to help rebuild after a cluster of fires tore through the heart of wine country, killing more than 40 people and leaving thousands

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Moving dangerous product by rail continues to be popular, despite Lac-Mégantic disaster: speaker

November 6, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Despite the Lac-Mégantic train derailment in July 2013 that claimed the lives of 47 people, destroyed more than 30 buildings and released about 6.3 million litres of oil into the environment, “moving any type of dangerous product by rail continues

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Combined ratio, net loss for Economical Insurance up in 2017 Q3 over 2016 Q3

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The impact of strategic investments by Economical Insurance contributed to the insurer witnessing a combined ratio of 116.2% and an almost doubling of net loss in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. The combined ratio for the third quarter of

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Commercial premiums down 13% for AIG

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. announced Thursday its combined ratio in commercial insurance was 195.4% in the three months ending Sept. 30, up 89.6 points from 105.8% in Q3 2016. New York City-based AIG confirmed Thursday an earlier-released estimate, of $3

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Hurricanes, earthquakes contribute to Group 9M net loss of US$468 million for Swiss Re

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re has reported a Group net loss of US$468 million for the first nine months of 2017, reflecting the US$3.6 billion expected insurance claims from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the Mexico earthquakes. Property & Casualty Reinsurance’s and

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Echelon Insurance reports near halving of net income in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The B.C. wildfires and losses related to commercial auto and motorcycle contributed to Echelon Insurance witnessing a 42% decrease in net income and an increase in combined operating ratio for 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. Net income amounted to

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Insured losses from October wildfires top $3 billion, California insurance department reports

November 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from California’s October wildfires now top US$3 billion – a three-fold increase in just two weeks – according to updated claims loss data from the California Department of Insurance. Fifteen major insurers reported the updated $3.32 billion estimate

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Texas says it needs $61 billion from federal government for Harvey recovery

November 1, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas needs $61-plus billion in federal funding just to rebuild public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Harvey, as well as to cover projects to prevent future flooding. John Sharp, Texas’ Harvey recovery “czar,” announced Tuesday that the figure

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Cats a significant driver in Everest Re Group’s posting US$639.4 million net loss in 2017 Q3

October 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria (HIM) and the Mexico City earthquake contributed to Everest Re Group, Ltd. posting a US$639.4 million net loss for 2017 Q3 compared to net income of US$295.4 million for the prior-year quarter. For the

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Buyer Beware

October 30, 2017 Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Insurers have expertise in flood risk and have access to specific property information, but municipalities, with access to infrastructure data, are in a much better position to advise owners on how to assess their land for flood risk.

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Hurricanes look to be increasing, drivers of higher related losses less prominent in Canada than in U.S.: AGCS

October 30, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Lower population increase and development in coastal areas of Canada compared to the United States will likely help ensure losses are less likely to increase, suggests Andrew Higgins, technical manager – Americas for Allianz Risk Consulting, LLC. “Certainly, sea level

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AIR Worldwide estimates insured losses of US$2-3 billion for California wildfires

October 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide is estimating the industry insured losses from the California wildfires will be between US$2 billion and US$3 billion. The Boston-based catastrophe modelling firm, a Verisk business, released an estimate of the losses from the Tubbs, Pocket, Nuns, Atlas,