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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

News InsuranceMarkets / CoveragesReinsuranceTechnology

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

News InsuranceLegislation / RegulationReinsurance

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

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Government-backed home flood insurance coming to Canada?

June 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Federal government officials are pondering a flood insurance system similar to Britain’s two-year old Flood Re, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official suggested Thursday. Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale “asked IBC to lead a working that will deliver recommendations

Feature ClaimsReinsurance

What’s New in Nuclear Claims Handling

June 3, 2018 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

A pool of Canadian nuclear insurers has created a state-of-the-art, made-in-Canada claims administration system for handling nuclear incidents.

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Why open reinsurance markets are best for Canada

April 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With the lion’s share of Canadian insurers’ reinsurance coming from outside of Canada, protectionism in the insurance space would not be good for consumers, a lawyer told Canadian Underwriter last week. Some nations – including Thailand, India, China – have

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Ontario ice storm catches the eye of global reinsurance brokerage

April 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Severe weather earlier this week in Ontario has caught the attention of reinsurance providers. Impact Forecasting LLC, a unit of reinsurance brokerage Aon Benfield, noted Friday that winter weather starting April 13 “left considerable damage across southern sections of Canada’s

News InsuranceMarkets / CoveragesReinsuranceTechnology

New opportunities for commercial brokers in cyber

April 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers selling commercial insurance need to ask clients what they use their computers for and what happens if they lose access to that data, an executive with a Bermuda insurer says. Computer security (also known as cyber) risk, “will impact

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Why brokers may have fewer home flood wordings to choose from

April 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The lack of standard wording for home overland flood insurance is not a bad thing, but Canadian brokers might soon have fewer wordings from which to choose, the head of Swiss Re Canada suggests. Overland flood coverage was generally unavailable

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Industry understanding of wildfire risk needs improvement: CEO

April 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The property and casualty insurance industry needs to get a better understanding of wildfire risk in Canada because we will experience more disasters like Fort McMurray in the future, a reinsurance company executive warned Monday. “We think [the industry] needs