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U.S. P&C industry sustains favourable rating activity in H1 2017: A.M. Best

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Credit rating activity for the United States’ property and casualty industry in the first half of 2017 was favourable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades, A.M. Best Company reported on Thursday. Nearly one-third of the 2017 upgrades were driven by “increased parental

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P&C reinsurance gross written premiums for half-year up 17.3% to 5.4 billion euros for Hannover Re

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re has reported a 17.3% increase in property and casualty reinsurance gross written premiums (GWP) for the first half of the year to 5.4 billion euros from 4.6 billion euros in H1 2016. “The main driver was once again

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Echelon’s combined ratio improves 4.2 points to 93.5% in Q2, driven by personal auto and commercial property and liability

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has reported a combined operating ratio of 93.5% for the second quarter of 2017 ending June 30, a 4.2 point improvement from 97.7% in Q2 2016, driven by strong results in personal auto and commercial

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Fairfax ‘not oriented’ towards more acquisitions: Watsa

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which recently bought a majority interest in Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, “want to look at how” they can “organically expand” the firm’s existing business, chairman Prem Watsa told financial analysts recently. Toronto-based

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Retroactive reinsurance contracts, Ogden rate reduction produce underwriting losses for Berkshire Hathaway

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Boston-based Berkshire Hathaway Specialty insurance, which announced its entry in 2015 into the Canadian market, had a 23% increase in premiums written for the first half of 2017 versus 2016, while the Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group had liabilities for losses

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Gross written premiums up 9.7% for Northbridge

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Northbridge Insurance had a 0.3-point in its second-quarter combined ratio, from 100% last year to 99.7% this year, while OdysseyRe’s combined ratio improved 3.9 points, the insurers’ parent firm, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., reported recently. Toronto-based Northbridge Insurance had an

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Kingsway reports net loss of US$7.9 million in Q2 2017

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Kingsway Financial Services Inc. has reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of US$7.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of US$0.6 million in the same quarter last

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Aon plc net income up to US$769 million in Q2 2017 from US$300 million in Q2 2016

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aon plc has reported a net income attributable to shareholders of US$769 million for the three months ending June 30, a drastic increase from US$300 million in the prior-year period. Total revenue increased 4% to US$2.4 billion from US$2.3 billion

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Economical reports 12.8% increase in gross written premiums in Q2 2017, 8.3 point increase in combined ratio to 112.8%

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance reported a 12.8% increase in gross written premiums (GWP) in the second quarter of 2017 to $660.6 million, driven by strong personal lines growth, including contributions from Sonnet and Petline. “While we generated significant growth in gross written

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Cat bond issuance in Q2 reaches US$6.38 billion across 20 transactions, easily surpassing Q2 2014 record of US$4.49 billion: Aon Securities

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe bond issuance during the second quarter of 2017 totalled US$6.38 billion across 20 transactions, a new record for quarterly issuance that easily surpassed the previous record of US$4.49 billion set in Q2 2014, Aon Securities said in a new

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Q2 commission, fee growth flat at Willis Towers Watson

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Thursday its commissions and fees from corporate risk and broking were $624 million during the three months ending June 30, a slight drop from $627 million during the same period in 2016. “North America organic

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Net income for Swiss Re US$1.2 billion in 2017 H1, down from about US$1.9 billion in 2016 H1

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Disciplined underwriting and strong investment returns contributed to Swiss Re recording net income of US$1.2 billion for the first half of 2017, although catastrophe claims served to reduce the total from the comparable period in 2016. Net income for Swiss