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U.S. commercial auto insurance “a chronic underperformer”: Fitch Ratings

April 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial auto insurance in the United States has evolved into a “chronically underperforming product segment” for P&C insurers in the country, according to Fitch Ratings. While the P&C industry has reported three consecutive years of significant underwriting profits, the commercial

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Revenue for U.S./Canada Marsh division of Marsh & McLennan Companies up to US$701 million in Q1 2016 from US$638 million in Q1 2015

April 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Revenue for the United States/Canada Marsh division of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), was up to US$701 million for the first quarter of 2016 ending March 31, from US$638 million in the first quarter of 2015, the global professional

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XL Group combined ratio up 3.6 points in Q1 2016

April 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group plc has reported a P&C combined ratio of 92.5% for the first quarter of 2016 ending March 31, up from 88.9% in the prior-year quarter. Dublin, Ireland-based XL Group released its financial results on Wednesday, noting that the P&C

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Traditional reinsurance capital dropped 3.5% in 2015 from 2014: Willis Re

April 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

2015 saw a 3.5% reduction in traditional capital dedicated to reinsurance, down US$13 billion from US$370 billion at year-end 2014, according to the latest Reinsurance Market Report from Willis Re, the reinsurance business of global advisory, broking and solutions company

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Gross written premiums up 16% at Axis Capital

April 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. reported Wednesday a 91% year-over-year increase in first-quarter gross written premiums in aviation insurance and a 19.7% drop in marine premiums, while its combined ratio improved 1.8 points. Pembroke, Bermuda-based Axis Capital released its financial results

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Reinsurance company SCOR’s net income falls slightly to 170 million euros in the first quarter of 2016 compared to prior-year quarter

April 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite a low natural catastrophe-loss environment that helped SCOR’s Global Property and Casualty segment record strong technical profitability and a solid contribution from the Life segment for gross written premiums, the company’s net income fell slightly to 170 million euros

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Everest Re Group’s net income almost halved to US$171.7 million in 2016 Q1 from prior-year quarter

April 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Net income available to common shareholders of Everest Re Group Ltd. was US$171.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to US$323.0 million in the same quarter of 2015, the company reported Monday. The after-tax operating income available to

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U.S. D&O insurance pricing pressure to dampen performance: Fitch

April 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Market conditions are evolving in the directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability insurance market in the United States, with merger and acquisition activity in 2015 facilitating greater market concentration, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. The report, titled U.S.

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Forecasting emerging risks expected to get tougher: Marsh/RIMS report

April 11, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

SAN DIEGO – Cyber attacks – once again identified as a top critical business risk – are expected to be a source of emerging risks, but forecasting for all emerging risks could prove more challenging over the next three years,

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ISO to collect cyber insurance data to help mitigate risk related to cyberattacks

April 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

ISO, a Verisk Analytics business, announced on Wednesday that it will collect, aggregate and analyze cyber insurance data to help address a major issue facing today’s cyber insurance market: the need for more detailed underwriting and rating information. ISO said

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Canada’s p&c industry sees big jump in underwriting income, big drop in nat-cat losses in 2015: IBC

April 6, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

Despite the challenges and fluctuations of 2015 – including plummeting oil prices – Canada’s property and casualty industry “had a relatively good year,” with underwriting income tripling to about $1.7 billion, David McGown, senior vice president of strategic initiatives for

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Global reinsurer capital down 2% in 2015 relative to 2014: Aon Benfield

April 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurer capital stood at US$565 billion at Dec. 31, 2015, a reduction of 2% relative to the end of 2014, according to the latest edition of the Aon Benfield Aggregate (ABA) report. Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and