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Are product liability insurers ready to face mass torts?

December 13, 2022 by Philip Porado

Class action lawsuits have long been drivers of social inflation for insurers that provide product liability overage. But now a new legal vehicle, the ‘mass tort,’ looks to be waiting in the wings. Unlike class actions, in which one plaintiff

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The real reasons behind Canada’s softer D&O market

December 9, 2022 by Philip Porado

“Expanded insurer appetite and competition in the primary space,” as well as new capacity in excess layers, helps explain a softening of Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance pricing and limits expansions in Canada, says a recent quarterly market insights report

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What makes the current claims environment so challenging?

December 2, 2022 by Philip Porado

A convergence of global factors will cause above-average levels of claims inflation for the foreseeable future. Claims professionals who spoke with Canadian Underwriter said multiple market-dependent factors – including prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns in China, political instability, labour and materials shortages,

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Oil and gas drilling sector expects activity to pick up in 2023

November 25, 2022 by Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The organization representing Canada’s oil and gas drilling sector says it expects more activity in 2023, even as it continues to push the federal government for a new tax credit it says it needs to help the energy

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Does an immuno-compromised adjuster have to return to field work?

November 23, 2022 by The CIP Society, Insurance Institute of Canada

For almost three years, there’s been confusion around COVID-19 protocols. It’s made it hard for people to get on with their daily lives. An example of how these stresses burden our industry is illustrated in a dilemma faced by a

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How hurricane losses will impact pricing and capacity

November 21, 2022 by Philip Porado

Watch for Hurricane Ian’s damage estimates of between US$50 billion and US$70 billion to made insurers more conservative about pricing and capacity, according to Aon’s global market insights for 2022 Q3. “As the full market impacts of Hurricane Ian materialize,”

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Covering larger risks? Why subscriptions may be the way of the future

November 18, 2022 by Philip Porado

As claims from Cat events and other external risks get larger, the simplest solution to cobbling together coverage might be a subscription approach that spreads risk and reduces individual insurers’ losses. “Subscribing the risk is better for the industry,” George

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Has Canada’s P&C hard market finally stabilized?

November 14, 2022 by Jason Contant

Canada’s P&C insurance market remains vibrant but unpredictable, although there are signs of stabilization, a Gallagher executive said during an industry webinar Monday. A variety of push-and-pull factors related to underwriting profits, reinsurance rates, interest rates and claims inflation, labour

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Three options for selling your brokerage

November 11, 2022 by Philip Porado

A consistent stream of property and casualty brokerage acquisition announcements over the past few years likely has a lot of brokerage owners thinking about how they’ll eventually exit the business. For most sales transactions, there are three basic options. One

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P&C insurers call for a real estate climate risk score

October 26, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canadian P&C insurers are banding with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to push for the disclosure of a real estate “climate score,” indicating the likelihood of a building or property being damaged during a natural catastrophe. Insurance Bureau of

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What do downtime policies cover for truck owners?

October 17, 2022 by Kevin Thomas and Tony Militello

Businesses operating trucks can see their livelihoods impacted by unforeseen incidents like mechanical failures, accidents, fires or vehicle thefts. For properly insured businesses, these incidents may result in downtime claims. And those claims often require careful consideration of limitations — because

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Why benefits, retirement and wealth planning are now P&C profit centres

October 14, 2022 by Philip Porado

Recent merger deals announced by Canadian commercial P&C brokerages increasingly feature acquisitions of wealth management and employee benefits firms, and this is no accident, brokers tell Canadian Underwriter. This subset of M&A is about P&C brokerages becoming a type of