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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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Blame auto losses for lackluster 2017 P&C results

January 2, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a “relatively benign” year in Canada for catastrophes in 2017, the industry-wide combined ratio in Canada was still fairly high at 96.8% during the first nine months of last year, with auto results partly to blame, MSA Research reported

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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

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Politicians at odds with industry over territorial rating

December 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Using postal codes to determine auto insurance rates could come to an end if the Progressive Conservatives win the next Ontario election. “Geographic discrimination should be eliminated while not raising rates on other parts of the province,” a spokesperson for

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Catastrophes likely to have “muted” effect on Canadian reinsurance pricing

December 4, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Reinsurance rates in Canada will likely not decrease and there may be some “upward movement in certain regions” following the historically massive catastrophes in the third quarter, MSA Research president and CEO Joel Baker suggested Monday. The catastrophes – including

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Will nat cats increase product pricing in Canada?

November 28, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Increases in natural catastrophes and the price of reinsurance could also drive up the price of insurance products in Canada, the federal financial regulator said Tuesday. “Our concern is in the longer run, we’ll see increases in the price of

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Feds looking to tax broker dividend strategy

November 20, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Brokerage owners who pay their young adult children dividends to help with post-secondary education should “reassess” that strategy in light of proposed tax changes, an accounting expert suggested Monday. Among the proposed changes announced in July by Finance Minister Bill

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Cyber influence on insurer ratings mostly gradual: Fitch

November 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The influence of cyber risk on insurer ratings is likely to be gradual, Fitch Ratings has reported. Cyber insurance represents a relatively small percentage of insurers’ business and insurers are taking a cautious approach to growing coverage, given the uncertainty

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New Editor-in-Chief for Canadian Underwriter as veteran journalist David Gambrill returns

November 13, 2017 Canadian Underwriter

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2017 /insPRESS/ – Newcom Business Media Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of David Gambrill as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Underwriter. “David is an award-winning writer and editor who’s arguably Canada’s most experienced and knowledgeable insurance journalist,”

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria make it “critical” to address shortcomings of NFIP: A.M. Best

November 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The United States National Flood Insurance Program – which expires next month – “remains essential and has a purpose,” A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a recent report. But without billions in relief provided in a law passed Oct. 26,

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Allianz reports third-quarter revenues up 2.1% to 28.3 billion euros in Q3 2017

November 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Group has reported total third-quarter revenues of 28.3 billion euros, up 2.1% from 27.7 billion euros in the prior-year quarter. Allianz, which offers insurance and fund products to over 86 million customers in more than 70 countries, reported a

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P&C gross written premiums for Zurich down 2% to US$25.3 billion in 9M 2017

November 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Property & Casualty gross written premiums (GWP) for the nine months ending Sept. 30 declined 2% in U.S. dollars to US$25.3 billion from US$25.7 billion, Zurich Insurance Group reported on Thursday. In particular, P&C GWP in North America for 9M