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Will rocketing consumer prices spark social inflation?

June 24, 2022 by Philip Porado

While consumers are paying close attention to inflation’s impact on their wallets, insurers should be keeping an eye on social inflation – and recognize the two are often linked. “There’s quite a distinction between the impact of what I would…

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Water damage dispute: Why the court wouldn’t end three-year dispute resolution

June 22, 2022 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Supreme Court has denied a claimant’s attempt to bail out of two mandatory dispute resolution hearings with multiple insurers in a three-year dispute over the value of water damage in her strata unit. “The plaintiff is understandably frustrated by…

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Will the oil shock slow auto insurers’ post-pandemic loss ratios?

June 21, 2022 by David Gambrill

Insurers have been sounding the alarm about their auto claims ratios returning to normal post-pandemic, but expect the oil shock to temper that expectation somewhat, P&C industry execs predict. The war in Ukraine and consequent embargo on Russian oil have…

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How the industry is addressing service level challenges

June 20, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Consumer behaviour, supply chain issues and staffing shortages are among the reasons why service levels have been challenged in recent months, but revamping outdated technology and insourcing claims may help ease the backlog, say industry executives.  Processing claims in-house helps…

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Sewer back-up or overland flood? Is a sun deck “within” a dwelling?

June 17, 2022 by David Gambrill

A sewer backup insurance policy only applies to a flood originating from “within” a dwelling and not from a drain overflow on a sun deck partially exposed to the outdoors, B.C.’s Supreme Court has ruled. In Gill v Wawanesa Mutual…

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How to help your clients prepare for civil unrest

June 16, 2022 by Philip Porado

Strikes, riots and violent protests sparked by inflation pose risks to companies, both in terms of physical damage to buildings and other assets, as well as income loss due to business interruption and an inability to access premises, said a…

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How do you insure artificial intelligence?

June 15, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Picture this. Your client is manufacturing a car that includes software to apply the brakes automatically when approaching slow traffic. No doubt, this software has some built-in artificial intelligence (AI) elements. When insuring a vehicle manufacturer, it’s not too difficult…

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Why you can expect to be in the hard market a year from now

June 15, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Inflationary pressure will prolong the hard market for at least another year if not longer, 90% of more than 200 respondents predicted in a Canadian Underwriter webinar poll. Only 10% of respondents were optimistic the hard market would not be…

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How your large business clients can manage cyber risks they can’t see

June 14, 2022 by David Gambrill

In the wake of lifting of pandemic restrictions, digital transformation is becoming so extensive that organizations are having trouble getting a handle on their broadening cyber exposures. “As organizations grow and incorporate digital and cloud transformation into the fabric of…

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Travel selfie spike could prove stressful for contents insurers

June 13, 2022 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

Social media savvy Canadians may find their tendency to post vacation selfies resulting in the wrong kind of house cleaning. With COVID-19 restrictions easing, summer is once again travel time and 62% of Canadians who are active on social media…

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How to help your commercial clients align coverages with rising insured values

June 10, 2022 by Philip Porado

Steep inflation means brokers should consider approaching commercial clients about mid-term adjustments in insured values. “We’re definitely seeing more awareness around inadequate insurance-to-value ratios,” said Paul Gallately, assistant vice president of risk control with Travelers Canada. “It comes down to…

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Vacancy permit doesn’t require daily attendance for eight months during repairs

June 10, 2022 by David Gambrill

Belair does not have to pay a condo claimant more than $1,500 in daily mileage costs accrued over almost eight months, during which time flood damage in the insured’s unit was being repaired. Belair Insurance Company insured a condominium owned…