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Transatlantic reports record 1998

April 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurer Transatlantic Holdings Inc. has reported record net income earnings for 1998, up 33.4% from 1997’s US$185.5 million to 1998’s $247.5 million. Net income diluted on a common share basis rose $1.76 from 1997’s $5.34 to 1998’s $7.10. Record

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Revenue drop grounds St. Paul

April 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

St. Paul Companies, an insurance and reinsurance group and the parent of St. Paul Canada — has released its yearend 1998 figures posting a dramatic decrease in earnings over 1997. Net income plummeted from 1997’s US$929 million to $89.3 million

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Queensway hits investment snag

April 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

TSE-listed Queensway Financial Holdings (QFH) posted a 59% drop in earnings a share to 52c for the financial year ended December 1998 compared with the previous year. The company’s directors attribute the earnings decline primarily as a result of a

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Equisure acquires Ontario broker

April 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Equisure Financial Network Inc. (TSE: EFN) has entered into an agreement to acquire Sudbury-based Dinan Insurance Brokers and Financial Services Ltd., a multi-line general insurance and financial service brokerage. The undisclosed purchase price will be paid partly in cash and

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Hi-Alta acquisitions continue

April 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Lewis & Wright Insurance Inc. of Grand Prairie and Soltys Insurance Services Ltd. of Edson, represent the two latest Alberta acquisitions by broker network Hi-Alta Capital Inc. (TSE:HIA). Lewis & Wright will add $6 million in premium to the network,

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MINERS looking for global risk partners

April 1, 1999 Ken Fedosen and Eugene Iacob of Zurich Global Energy

Despite plummeting international commodity values — which over the last decade have made mining equities less than the darlings of stock markets — the Canadian mining industry is expanding at a healthy clip. It is estimated that 100 new mines

Growth in net written Premiums% increase in net written premiumsSources: A.M. Best. Projections by Guy Carpenter.
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U.S. Insurance Market Outlook

April 1, 1999 Sean Mooney, senior vice president at Guy Carpenter & Company In

Forecasting the U.S. insurance industry in recent years has been a rear view mirror exercise. The rate of growth in the industry has been in the same 2% to 3% range and profitability indicators have shown little change from year

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Jury out on mandatory mediation

April 1, 1999 Lowell Conn

The City of Toronto’s new mandatory mediation program could result in quicker and more efficient resolutions of insurance lawsuits, lawyer Paul Iacano told a packed conference room at a seminar at the recently held Claims ’99 Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association

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Royal & SunAlliance in CG&B alliance

March 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Company of Canada has struck a strategic alliance with the Toronto-based broker network, CG&B Group. “We believe that in order for the CG&B Group to maintain our position as a profitable, growing and innovative firm we

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Coming Events (March 01, 1999)

March 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Announcements in Coming Events are run free of charge as a service to the industry. Items should be submitted by the first of the month prior to the month in which the announcement is to appear. Insurance Bureau of Canada:

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Hub goes public

March 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

The Hub Group Ltd., a broker consolidator, has gone public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange as HBG. The initial public offering, underwritten by CIBC Wood Gundy Securities, distributed $11.7 million Hub common shares to the public at an opening

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New Year’s weather hit

March 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

The snowstorm which almost buried Toronto for the first two weeks of the new year is expected to cost insurers roughly $50 million, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates. Around 115cm of snow fell on Toronto with heavy accumulations