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How Fairfax’s Allied World acquisition is working out

May 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Old medical malpractice claims with Allied World Assurance Company are still affecting the bottom line of Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which bought the majority of Allied World nearly two years ago. With a combined ratio of 102.3%, Zug, Switzerland-based

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Is the reserve release tank running on empty?

April 15, 2019 by David Gambrill

The Canadian property and casualty industry saw its reserve releases contract in 2018 to their lowest level in seven years, according to MSA’s Q4 2018 Quarterly Outlook. Expressed as a percentage of loss development margin, reserve releases last year amounted

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All bets are off on timing of interest rate increase

March 8, 2019 by Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA  – A weak data report “surprised” the Bank of Canada ahead of its decision to cast doubts about future interest-rate hikes and to warn Canadians the ongoing slump could prove to be unexpectedly stubborn, says one of the bank’s

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Wildfire catastrophe models need improvement: Reinsurer

March 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The world’s second-largest reinsurer is looking for partners in the artificial intelligence space to help the reinsurer get a better idea of how much insured damage future wildfires could cause. Swiss Re is working with the Massachusetts Institute of technology

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One solution for non-damage business interruption

February 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

Parametric insurance can help fill a gap in some policies by covering non-damage business interruption, a speaker said Tuesday at AXA XL’s Fast Forward LIVE event in downtown Toronto. Caused by a variety of factors, including severe weather conditions, non-damage

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What it will take for another interest rate hike

February 21, 2019 by Andy Blatchford THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The head of the Bank of Canada says his trend-setting interest rate is low enough, at its below-inflation level of 1.75 per cent, that it’s delivering stimulative effects to the economy. But even in the stronger economy, governor

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The two main benefits of parametric insurance

February 20, 2019 by Jason Contant

Speed is one of the main benefits of parametric insurance compared to traditional forms of insurance, with the underwriting process taking just several days to two weeks, speakers from AXA Global Parametrics in France said Tuesday. Parametrics is index-based insurance,

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Executive challenges brokers regarding earthquake take-up rates in Quebec

February 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Sparks flew during a recent conference discussion about mortgage impairment and earthquake loss, when a senior reinsurance company executive drew a link between the practices of Quebec brokers and the low take-up rates of earthquake insurance in the province. Philipp

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By how much did your clients’ auto rates increase last quarter?

January 24, 2019 by David Gambrill

Ontario auto insurance rates increased by an average of 3.35% in the fourth quarter of 2018, with several companies receiving approval for double-digit rate increases, the province’s regulator reported. Overall, 23 insurers representing approximately 51% of the market based on

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Hard market? Not so fast.

January 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian insurance industry is not at the beginning of a hard market, says Phil Cook, a P&C industry consultant and CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings. “There are some commentators out there that will say we are at the beginning

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All provinces saw rate increases in Q4 2018: Applied

January 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

Evidence of a hard market in personal lines in Canada was apparent in Applied Systems’ latest quarterly Applied Rating Index, released Tuesday. The Q4 2018 index found that average premiums for personal auto and personal property lines increased by more

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What could drive reinsurers away from some markets

December 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Reinsurance is extremely important but could get too expensive in certain areas, industry leaders said at a recent event. Some insurance companies today are “dialing up their reinsurance protection – property and cat risk in particular in the United States,”