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Hurricane Harvey highlights magnitude of insurance protection gap: Aon Benfield

September 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Flood losses from Hurricane Harvey have again highlighted the global insurance protection gap, Aon Benfield said in a newly released report. On Monday, Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc, released the September edition of

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8.5 million properties in Florida at significant risk of potential wind damage from Hurricane Irma: CoreLogic

September 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly 8.5 million residential and commercial properties in Florida are at either “extreme,” “very high” or “high” risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma, new data from CoreLogic shows. According to data analysis from the global property information, analytics and

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New rating methodology from A.M. Best expected in Q4

September 8, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A.M. Best Company Inc. expects its new methodology – which will yield five different scores for capital adequacy ratio – will become effective early in the fourth quarter but will not be a “fundamental change” to how the ratings firm

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Total property damage from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding estimated at between US$65-75 billion: AIR Worldwide

September 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Property losses from flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall will be between US$65 billion and US$75 billion, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide estimated in a press release issued late Wednesday. The estimate includes damage to all properties

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“Notable shift” in North American perils is inclusion of Canada in covered areas of cat bonds: Aon Securities

September 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe bond issuance in the 12 months ending June 30, 2017, reached a historic US$11.3 billion, nearly US$2 billion larger than the previous all-time record, Aon Securities said in a new report. Aon Securities, the investment banking division of global

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A.M. Best has ‘significant concerns’ about global reinsurance industry after 2016 accident year combined ratio tops 100%

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global reinsurance market is “far from thriving” and while the Lloyd’s market “maintains an excellent business profile,” its accident year combined ratio in reinsurance exceeded 100, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a report released Tuesday. Each September, Oldwick,

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NFIP losses from Hurricane Harvey estimated to reach US$7-10 billion: RMS

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Gross losses accrued in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from Hurricane Harvey will be between US$7-10 billion, Pete Dailey, vice president of product management with Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS), suggested in a blog posted on Friday. About 40%

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PCS launches global cyber industry loss index

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Property Claim Services (PCS) announced that it has launched PCS Global Cyber, a new loss aggregation service that provides “industry loss estimates for individual affirmative worldwide cyber events with insured losses of at least $20 million industrywide.” Developed in collaboration

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Free online offering hopes to bolster catastrophe modelling understanding

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

What has been described as the first free and neutral open online catastrophe modelling course was launched today to help those working in climate change and disaster loss mitigation, academia and insurance better understand the use of models in nat-Cat

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U.S. P&C industry records US$5.1 billion underwriting loss in first half of 2017: A.M. Best

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The property and casualty industry in the United States recorded a net underwriting loss of US$5.1 billion for the first six months of the year, according to preliminary results from A.M. Best Company. This underwriting loss compares with a US$2 billion loss in the same period a year ago, the Oldwick, N.J. ratings firm said in a press release on Tuesday. Data from the financial review is derived from companies’ six-month 2017 interim statutory statements received as of Aug. 21 and represents an estimated 96%…

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2016 earthquake in central Italy estimated to cost 108 million euros in property losses: PERILS

August 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck central Italy exactly one year ago is estimated to have cost 108 million euros, PERILS AG has reported. PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, disclosed its final loss estimate for

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Global reinsurers’ first-half 2017 results reflect pricing pressure, consolidation expected: Fitch

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurers’ first half 2017 results provide further evidence of continuing pressure on pricing and earnings, Fitch Ratings said in a report released on Monday. “Intense competition among global reinsurers and the abundance of capital invested in the sector mean