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What could drive reinsurers away from some markets

December 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Reinsurance is extremely important but could get too expensive in certain areas, industry leaders said at a recent event. Some insurance companies today are “dialing up their reinsurance protection – property and cat risk in particular in the United States,”

News Earnings / RatingsInsuranceReinsurance

Why A.M. Best gave the global reinsurance segment a ‘stable’ outlook

December 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that A.M. Best had changed its outlook for the global reinsurance sector from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative.’ In fact, the outlook changed to ‘Stable’ from ‘Negative.’ Canadian Underwriter apologizes for the error.

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What’s making wildfires more severe?

November 12, 2018 By Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and

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How blockchain can help fight insurance fraud

September 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

Blockchain for insurance has various oft-touted benefits – reduced costs and simpler and faster transactions, among them – but it can also be used to combat fraud, said David Verbeeten, a domain expert in insurance at software company ConsenSys. Verbeeten

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Will Hurricane Florence affect reinsurance rates in Canada?

September 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence – one year after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction in the country – the question of whether there is sufficient reinsurance capacity is again thrust into the spotlight.

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This reinsurer says rates need to go up

September 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

Underwriting margins will need to improve by at least six to nine points in major western markets to deliver sustainable returns, according to the latest sigma report from global reinsurer Swiss Re. The report Profitability in non-life insurance: mind the

News Mergers and AqcuisitionsReinsurance

Aspen Insurance agrees to be taken private

September 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd., which writes risks in Canada, has tentatively agreed to be bought for US$2.6 billion. If the deal closes, Hamilton, Bermuda-based Aspen will be owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC of New York City.

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Major consolidation this year in reinsurance industry?

July 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Mergers and acquisitions will likely be a topic of discussion for mid-market reinsurers, executives with a large European reinsurer suggest. Efforts by large reinsurers to improve productivity will put “more pressure” on mid-sized and smaller reinsurers “to have this strategic

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The trick to getting blockchain to work for insurance

July 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

The trick to getting blockchain to work in the insurance space is getting all the players in the market to align and agree on common standards and a way to govern the blockchain, Aon Benfield’s chief information officer said Friday.

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Cyber criminal interest in electrical utilities on the rise

July 16, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Electrical and utility firms in North America continue to be a target for cyber criminals, the head of a cyber loss modelling provider suggests. Over the past few months, there has been an “uptick in threat actor activity around energy

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Reinsurer with Toronto office could become publicly traded

June 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Sirius International Insurance Group Ltd., which sells reinsurance in Canada through a Toronto office, will be publicly traded if a tentative merger agreement announced Monday is approved. Bermuda-based Sirius was sold in 2016 by White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. to

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The downside of being an insurtech trailblazer

June 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The spectre of a Netflix-esque disruption of the property and casualty insurance sector is producing mixed reaction among Canadian executives. The Canadian P&C sector “may be” disrupted in a manner similar to how Netflix disrupted the movie rental industry or