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Over There, Over Here

August 26, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

It would be folly to think that political risk is something that only happens “over there.” The effects over here can be just as damaging. That the number of such incidents may not be as high as has traditionally been

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Recent earthquakes a reminder that events can happen anywhere: I.I.I.

August 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The recent earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar are a warning to homeowners and business owners in regions that may also be at risk to consider purchasing earthquake insurance, notes the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Just 10% of homeowners in the U.S. have

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Saturated ground means more rain could spur more flooding in southern Louisiana: AIR Worldwide

August 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Additional rainfall could result in more flooding in southern Louisiana, already hit hard by extensive flooding associated with one of the state’s most catastrophic, non-tropical cyclone-triggered flood events in decades. “In the event of further rainfall, the region’s flat topography,

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Low-quality cement, inadequate supporting rods among issues in Italian region hit by earthquake: Aon

August 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The region of Italy hit by an earthquake early Wednesday morning, which killed at least 65, has buildings with “inadequate supporting iron rods” and a “relatively low” penetration of earthquake insurance for residential property, Aon plc’s Impact Forecasting LLC subsidiary

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FEMA approves $107 million in grants in Louisiana flooding

August 24, 2016 Melinda Deslatte - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Heavy trucks and their works crews have begun hauling away mounds of mouldy carpet, warped flooring and water-damaged furniture as south Louisiana digs out from flooding the governor estimated Tuesday had wrecked more than 100,000 homes.

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Wildfire still active, 75% contained in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley

August 24, 2016 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Visitors forced to flee from a campsite in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley ahead of a raging wildfire on Sunday night will have a chance to retrieve abandoned items. The Central Okanagan Regional District says people who

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Italian rescuers pull victims out of rubble after 6.2 earthquake hits northeast of Rome

August 24, 2016 Paolo Santalucia And Nicole Winfield - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AMATRICE, Italy – A strong earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 11 people were reported dead in two hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of

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Homes more resistant to ignition by embers had improved survival in Fort Mac wildfire, “luck” not a factor: ICLR report

August 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Surviving homes in otherwise decimated neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray hit by this spring’s massive wildfire were more resistant to ignition by embers, notes a preliminary report issued by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). Home survival is not random

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Only about 4% of Lloyd’s total business considered at risk from Brexit: Aon Benfield

August 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Only about 4% of Lloyd’s total business is considered to be at risk from the potential loss of membership of the single European market, following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) in June, according to Aon

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AIG reaches agreement to sell United Guaranty Corporation to Arch Capital for US$3.4 billion

August 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its 100% interest in United Guaranty Corporation (UGC) to Arch Capital Group Ltd. for US$3.4 billion, a move in line with AIG’s continuing efforts to streamline operations and better

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Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange (OMEX) suspends underwriting operations

August 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange (OMEX) announced on Thursday that it will suspend Reciprocal underwriting operations effective immediately “to allow it time to fully assess the needs of Ontario municipalities with a view to redesigning its products to better service

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Q2 combined ratio up 6.5 points for Munich Re

August 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re reported Tuesday a 6.5-point deterioration in its Q2 combined ratio in property & casualty reinsurance, as the recent wildfires in Northern Alberta and the April earthquakes in Japan were among the natural catastrophes that contributed to the firm’s