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Chris Mandel
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Commercial Property Rates Dropping: RIMS Survey

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial property rates fell 8.8% in the last quarter of 2003, marking the first major rate decline since 2000, according to the quarterly survey by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and Advisen Ltd. Risk managers report not only

Bernard Lord
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Auto Reform on the Table in New Brunswick, Quebec

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

In his annual “state of the province” address, New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord took a shot at auto insurers and hinted at further reforms to come for the province’s system. While Lord noted that almost $23 million in rebates have

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Old Skeletons…

February 1, 2004 Sean van Zyl, Managing Editor

While the financial fortunes of North American property and casualty insurers are looking decidedly better for 2004 compared with the last two lean years, there remain many unresolved issues that could undermine the industry’s long-term financial stability. Among these “old

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Reconfiguring CSIO

February 1, 2004 Vikki Spencer

When David Patrick took over the top spot at the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) eight months ago, it was an organization in need of an overhaul. Its major undertaking, the internet portal to link brokers and insurers, was over budget and off track. But, Patrick relishes the role of the “turnaround artist” and says with the renewed support of all within the insurance industry, the CSIO portal will become reality.

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The Portal: Reloaded

February 1, 2004 Craig Harris

After numerous launch delays, the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) believes that its long-awaited Internet portal is ready to go live. However, while proponents of the portal talk of a new industry-wide commitment to comparative rating, single sign-on and new business transactions, others say the execution of the project remains riddled with bugs, design flaws and delays. Is the portal real, or is it merely an elaborate illusion?

CIP Society
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Views (February 01, 2004)

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) kicked off its annual BIP advertising campaign last month at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships. The well-received “Blanket-Anthem” television spots will run from January 5 to the end of May 2004 on

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Fairmont Specialty Given Okay by US Regulators

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Fairfax’s Fairmont Specialty Group Inc. – which includes the remaining business of former subsidiaries TIG Insurance Group and Ranger Insurance Group – says U.S. regulators have given a “thumbs up” to the company’s structure and capitalization. The announcement prompted rating

Ross Totten
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Totten Group Buys August Group Risk Management

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

London, Ontario-based wholesaler Totten Insurance Group has bought August Group Risk Management, an underwriting office serving brokers of Aviva Canada. Totten Group CEO Ross Totten says AGRM will remain at its current location and become a division of Totten, continuing

Alain Thibault
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Meloche Monnex Buys Liberty Mutual’s Personal Lines

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

TD Bank’s insurance arm, Meloche Monnex, has acquired the Canadian personal lines book of Liberty Mutual, a subsidiary of the Boston-based Liberty Group. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Meloche Monnex, which sells personal home and auto insurance

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Moments in Time (February 01, 2004)

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Each month of this special 70th anniversary year, Canadian Underwriter will look back at a pivotal period in the industry’s history. These are the people, events and issues that have shaped Canadian Underwriter and the insurance industry for seven decades.

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Going Wireless

February 1, 2004 Chris Venn

It would seem in today’s tough market environment that “flexibility” has become a competitive (perhaps survivalist) tactic for brokerages in responding to the shifting “marketscape”. And, I have seen brokers respond in many different ways – with some of these responses having been very creative and surprising. “Wireless networking” is one such creative solution.

Catherine Rein
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U.S. Primary Market Outlook: Big Stakes Game

February 1, 2004 Sean van Zyl, Editor

A survey conducted by the Insurance Information Institute (III) of the 250 insurance management attendees of its annually held Joint Industry Forum (JIF), which this year’s event recently took place in New York, suggests that four out of five U.S.