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California wildfires already cost more than US$1 billion in losses: state insurance department

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The wildfires in California have cost US$1.045 billion in losses, preliminary data from the California Department of Insurance has revealed. On Thursday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced preliminary data provided by eight California insurers processing claims for tens of

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ILS market ready to deal with “wake-up call” of Q3 nat cats: Willis Towers Watson Securities

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors are responding to the recent uptick in natural disasters by making payments to ceding companies, while at the same time continuing to raise more money and preparing to make new investments, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) Securities

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Record number of registrants in 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill: IBC

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Awareness of earthquake risk in British Columbia looks to be on the rise if registrants for the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, which reached record numbers this year, is any indicator. A record 886,000 British Columbians participated Thursday, joining millions

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Travelers reports lower net, core income in 2017 Q3 than in 2016 Q3

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A US$700 million pre-tax hit for catastrophe losses in 2017 Q3 contributed to Travelers Companies, Inc. seeing both its net income and core income drop compared to the prior-year quarter. The U.S. insurer’s net income amounted to US$293 million for

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Zurich estimates net claims related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria of US$700 million

October 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Zurich Insurance Group has become that latest insurer to estimate the impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria on its book of business. Zurich said in a press release on Thursday that it currently estimates aggregate claims in the third

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Understanding of quake protective measures, insurance coverage faulty in Quebec: survey

October 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of polled Quebecers remain unprepared for an earthquake, with a mere 8% of respondents understanding the immediate protective measures that should be taken in the event of a quake, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. The concerning

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Some reinsurance programs ‘have been called upon four or five times’ in 2017: CMS

October 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With analysts estimating catastrophe losses exceeding $100 billion to the property & casualty insurance industry in 2017, a law firm suggested Wednesday there is a risk disputes over reinstatement of reinsurance coverage and erosion limits, between North American insurers and

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Wildfire situation in California remains volatile: AIR Worldwide

October 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While residents of Mendocino County have been allowed to return home after deadly wildfires destroyed property in California, AIR Worldwide is warning the situation “remains extremely volatile” in the region. As winds moderated on Sunday, “firefighters were able to make

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Actual U.S. homeowners’ loss ratio 10 points lower than modeled expected over past 10 years: Aon

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The catastrophe loss ratio, over 10 years, was 10 points lower than the modeled expected cat loss ratio in homeowners’ insurance in the United States, Aon plc suggested in a report released Monday. Aon Benfield Analytics released Monday its annual

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Hurricanes to date a capital event for reinsurers, 2017 could be even more costly Cat year than 2005

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The above-average activity for the Atlantic hurricanes season so far – a season that is not yet done – is already a capital event for p&c reinsurers and the remainder plus wildfire activity likely only contributes to nervousness, S&P Global

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Lloyd’s reports already paying US$738 million for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

October 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Lloyd’s market has now paid almost three quarters of a billion dollars (US$738 million) in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the world’s specialist insurance market said on Thursday. “When you get three catastrophic weather events as well

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Manitoba expands flood mapping for three priority watersheds

October 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Manitoba will add vital information to its flood mapping inventory for three of its priority watersheds, the provincial and federal governments announced on Thursday. Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced the expanded flood mapping inventory for watersheds