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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

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Mexico earthquake and three hurricanes could cost the industry US$95 billion: SCOR

October 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe losses “should reach” US$95 billion, for the private insurance market, from three recent North Atlantic hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico, SCOR SE suggested Monday. That figure is the “total private insured market loss for the combined Harvey-Irma-Maria hurricanes

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OSFI to release reinsurance discussion paper, likely by early next year

October 10, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) will release a discussion paper related to reinsurance, likely early next year, Neville Henderson, assistant superintendent of the regulator’s insurance supervision sector, said last week. Speaking at the National Insurance Conference

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Move critical infrastructure protection burden ‘on to the back’ of reinsurers: engineering conference speaker

October 6, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A lack of insurance coverage for critical infrastructure is one reason for the growing gap between insured and economic losses and 2017 “is going to be the costliest year in world insurance history,” a speaker said Thursday at the 44th

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Beware ‘event amnesia’ following Fort McMurray wildfire, NICC speaker warns

October 5, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Following Canada’s costliest natural disaster, Fort McMurray may be more resilient in the short- and medium-term, but there needs to be an avoidance of “event amnesia,” a speaker suggested earlier this week at the National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC).

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Record month of Atlantic tropical cyclones leads to major financial toll: Aon Benfield

October 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricanes Irma and Maria as well as three powerful earthquakes in Mexico resulted in tens of billions of dollars (U.S.) in damage last month, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report. Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s cat model