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Swiss Re estimates losses from recent hurricanes, Mexico earthquakes at US$3.6 billion

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re has estimated its preliminary combined losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico to be approximately US$3.6 billion, net of retrocession and before tax. Of the total combined losses, claims from the two earthquakes

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ILS market ready to deal with “wake-up call” of Q3 nat cats: Willis Towers Watson Securities

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors are responding to the recent uptick in natural disasters by making payments to ceding companies, while at the same time continuing to raise more money and preparing to make new investments, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) Securities

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Zurich estimates net claims related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria of US$700 million

October 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Zurich Insurance Group has become that latest insurer to estimate the impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria on its book of business. Zurich said in a press release on Thursday that it currently estimates aggregate claims in the third

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Known risks and new technology such as Hyperloop can pose challenges: Munich Re

October 18, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The combination of known risks with a new technology is challenging, Christian Höft, client manager with Munich Re, told Canadian Underwriter one day after the (re)insurer released a comprehensive risk analysis of the Hyperloop technology. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ (HTT) technology

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Some reinsurance programs ‘have been called upon four or five times’ in 2017: CMS

October 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With analysts estimating catastrophe losses exceeding $100 billion to the property & casualty insurance industry in 2017, a law firm suggested Wednesday there is a risk disputes over reinstatement of reinsurance coverage and erosion limits, between North American insurers and

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Economic and market headwinds may challenge profitable growth for U.S. insurers: Guy Carpenter

October 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While the insurance industry in the United States is well-capitalized and market sentiment is mostly positive, there is still evidence of economic and market-based headwinds that will challenge profitable growth, a new report from Guy Carpenter has suggested. In the

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New high-speed transportation technology Hyperloop both “feasible and insurable”: Munich Re

October 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hyperloop technology – a form of transport in which passengers and goods travel in capsules at high speeds – is both “feasible and insurable in the medium term,” according to a new report from Munich Re. The Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

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Hurricanes to date a capital event for reinsurers, 2017 could be even more costly Cat year than 2005

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The above-average activity for the Atlantic hurricanes season so far – a season that is not yet done – is already a capital event for p&c reinsurers and the remainder plus wildfire activity likely only contributes to nervousness, S&P Global

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Lloyd’s reports already paying US$738 million for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

October 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Lloyd’s market has now paid almost three quarters of a billion dollars (US$738 million) in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the world’s specialist insurance market said on Thursday. “When you get three catastrophic weather events as well

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Cat bonds including Canadian coverage totalled $2.8 billion in first nine months of 2017: PCS

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Sponsors raised $2.8 billion through catastrophe bond transactions that included Canada, “the most robust year in catastrophe bond market history,” Property Claims Services (PCS) said in a new report. Bigger and More Mature: PCS Q3 2017 Catastrophe Bond Report was

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Bermuda’s global insurers, reinsurers could fund at least US$25 billion of insured losses from hurricanes

October 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Bermuda market firms may fund at least a quarter of the estimated US$100 billion in aggregate insured losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, suggest preliminary aggregated loss estimates from the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR). “Based on

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Landscaping ‘absolutely key’ to reducing wildfire risk: ICLR

October 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Canadian property owners can do more to “take the weak links” out of the chain of events causing homes to burn from wildfire, a speaker suggested at the recent Annual Engineering Insurance Conference (AEIC). “How a property is landscaped is