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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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Frank Cowan Company offering new suite of products for terrorism coverage

October 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Now available from Frank Cowan Company is a new suite of products designed to help municipalities and public services organizations address the terrorism risk they face and transfer some of that risk via the insurance product. Partnering with XL Catlin

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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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Average cyber breach costs US$394,000, higher in financial services sector: NetDiligence

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The aggregated average total breach cost of a cyber event is US$394,000, with an average claim for a large company of US$3.2 million, a new report from NetDiligence has found. NetDiligence, a provider of cyber risk readiness and response services,

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Spurt of vegetation growth contributes to California wildfires: Munich Re

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With deadly wildfires destroying more than 3,500 properties north of San Francisco, Munich Re is warning that “prime wildfire conditions” may continue in California this winter. “Over the past decade, the United States has seen an uptick in the frequency

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XL Group estimates US$1.33 billion loss from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group Ltd. reported on Wednesday a preliminary estimate of approximately US$1.33 billion relating to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. For the third quarter of 2017, total catastrophe losses, including smaller loss events, are preliminarily estimated at approximately US$1.48 billion. These

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Bermuda’s global insurers, reinsurers could fund at least US$25 billion of insured losses from hurricanes

October 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Bermuda market firms may fund at least a quarter of the estimated US$100 billion in aggregate insured losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, suggest preliminary aggregated loss estimates from the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR). “Based on

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Mexico earthquake and three hurricanes could cost the industry US$95 billion: SCOR

October 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe losses “should reach” US$95 billion, for the private insurance market, from three recent North Atlantic hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico, SCOR SE suggested Monday. That figure is the “total private insured market loss for the combined Harvey-Irma-Maria hurricanes

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Endeavour launches cyber facility, cyber protection becoming key to risk management

October 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Endeavour Insurance Services is looking to facilitate easier management of risks in the small-medium enterprise (SME) cyber space – while also supporting MGAs, brokers and clients in the U.S. and Canada – with the launch of a new technology and

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Beware ‘event amnesia’ following Fort McMurray wildfire, NICC speaker warns

October 5, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Following Canada’s costliest natural disaster, Fort McMurray may be more resilient in the short- and medium-term, but there needs to be an avoidance of “event amnesia,” a speaker suggested earlier this week at the National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC).