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Defying The Grinch may cost your clients home insurance coverage

December 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

Are your clients tempted to defy The Grinch who stole Christmas and have large holiday gatherings during the pandemic regardless of what public health orders might say? You might want to tell them about pandemic exclusions in their home insurance

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COVID’s impact on brokerage M&A: Myth versus reality

December 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to raise money from major banks to finance mergers and acquisitions, but well-run brokerages will still be attractive to buyers, suggests an expert in brokerage valuation. “When COVID hit, the banks

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How a South African court applied the U.K. test case in a B.I. dispute

December 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

South Africa’s Western Cape High Court has ordered an insurer to pay a retailer of luxury travel goods up to a maximum of six months’ worth of business interruption coverage (about Cdn$1.5 million), following a dispute over losses arising from

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Underwriting long term care: Transforming liability into opportunity

December 4, 2020 by David Gambrill

With property and casualty insurance carriers reportedly exiting the long-term care (LTC) class of business following a spate of class-action lawsuits related to COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, insurance underwriters may be interested to know about a new technology in

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What Ontario’s auto dealer overseer says about GAP insurance

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Guarantee asset protection, or GAP insurance, can address the risk of a consumer having negative equity as a result of borrowing money to buy a car, suggests the head of the organization that regulates Ontario’s motor vehicle dealers. GAP is

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How Intact will decide what becomes of RSA Canada’s brands

November 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If Intact Financial Corp. takes over RSA Canada, the combined firm will go to market with the “strongest” brands, meaning it remains to be seen what happens in Canada to brands such as RSA, Unifund, and Johnson, Intact’s CEO suggested

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Intact’s message to politicians wanting more commercial insurance regulation

November 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Imposing more regulation on commercial carriers is not going to help make coverage available for clients who are having a hard time finding insurance, Intact CEO Charles Brindamour suggests. “I don’t think that scaring insurers is the way to bring

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IBC talking to feds about future pandemic risk transfer

November 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is starting to look for a national approach to transferring pandemic risk, Ontario brokers have learned. “IBC is in the early stages of exploring what a pandemic risk transfer mechanism would look like with the

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Intact’s take on regulating commercial ‘middle players’

October 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Government and the industry should take a close look at the structure and regulation of “middle players” in the commercial property and casualty insurance market, Ontario brokers heard last week at their annual convention. “We know there are some things

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Industry execs to discuss how to navigate the condo insurance market

October 23, 2020 by David Gambrill

Selling and underwriting condo insurance these days is a tough gig, but the property and casualty insurance industry is no stranger to tough market cycles. Mainstream media are filled with stories about condo corporations seeing their premiums and deductibles increase,

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How solvency risk has changed since the days of the eight-track tape

October 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When Bob Tisdale started his career about 40 years ago, insurers were more likely to get into financial trouble. “When I first started in this industry in the early days, I was doing commercial underwriting and there were a lot

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How COVID-19 has changed cyber underwriting

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With loss ratios in the Canadian cyber insurance market skyrocketing, purchasing cyber without having to answer a whole bunch of questions may become a thing of the past. In the recent past, if a client was not very large, or