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U.S. regulators want to see stability before TRIA disappears

April 11, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) fears that as the end of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) nears, the market may face severe instability.In a letter to House Financial Services Committee chair Michael Oxley and Senate Banking

News Catastrophes

ICLR publishes studies on windstorm, earthquake risk

April 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) this month published research studies on both windstorm and earthquake events.The first study, by Alan Davenport, looks at the relationship between quake magnitude, epicentral distance and shock amplitude. The study assesses the application

News Catastrophes

80% of U.S. commercial brokers want TRIA renewed

April 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

With the 2005 sunset deadline for the U.S. federal government terrorism backstop fast approaching, commercial brokers are urging legislators to extend the program.In a survey of its members, the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) found 80% want to

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Anthony Clark secures US$5 million debt facility

March 24, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Calgary-based broker network Anthony Clark International Insurance Brokers Ltd. (TSX: ACL) has secured a US$5 million (Cdn$6.650 million) debt financing arrangement made available by Oak Street Funding LLC for the broker’s U.S. operation, Addison York Insurance Brokers Ltd.The debt arrangement,

News Catastrophes

Munich Re posts 2003 loss on tax charges

March 19, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The world’s largest insurer, Munich Re, is posting a loss of EUR434 million (Cdn$710.9 million), despite a strong underwriting performance.“With the net loss for 2003, we are drawing a line under three difficult years impacted above all by the bear

News Catastrophes

Average typhoon season anticipated for 2004

March 16, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

While the Atlantic seaboard is preparing for an above-average hurricane season in 2004, a “close to average” typhoon season is forecast for the Far East and southeast Asia, says Tropical Storm Risk (TSR).TSR is a consortium of experts led by

News Catastrophes

2003 catastrophes cost insurers US$18.5 billion

March 4, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

2003 will go down as a costly year for catastrophes, most significantly in human terms, with 60,000 people losing their lives in 380 catastrophic events, according to Swiss Re’s annual sigma study of catastrophes. Most serious was the earthquake striking

News Catastrophes

Uniform data standard needed for risk modelers: EQECAT

March 2, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Just as insurers work toward uniformity of data transmissions on the distribution end, they should also be asking risk modeling firms to work toward uniform data standards. So says EQECAT Inc. president Rick Clinton at the risk modeling company’s recent

News Catastrophes

IBC wants national disaster fund

March 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

In response to the “Filmon Report” on last summer’s B.C. forest fires, the Insurance Bureau of Canada is calling for a national natural disaster protection fund to be established.The report, tabled Friday in B.C.’s legislature, makes a variety of recommendations

News Catastrophes

Low losses expected from Maritime storms

February 26, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The severe winter storms striking the Atlantic coast of Canada late last week should produce few insured losses, says Don Forgeron, Atlantic region vice president for the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).“The good news is there weren’t many vehicles on

News Catastrophes

WTC “occurrence” trial will not affect ratings

February 20, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Regardless of the outcome of the trial now underway to determine how much will be paid out on the World Trade Center (WTC) destruction, insurers involved will not see a ratings impact, says Standard & Poor’s.The jury trial will decide

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ICLR study casts light on government role in disaster mitigation

February 19, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

A new study released by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) encourages government to put resources towards disaster mitigation and gives specific direction on what form government action should take on this issue.In “The Role of Government In Services