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Remember 1970s stagflation? Why insurers should pay attention to the World Bank

June 7, 2022 by Philip Porado

Lingering impacts of COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have magnified a global economic slowdown and raised the risk of stagflation – in which long-term, feeble growth combines with high inflation – the World Bank says in its latest prospects

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War and other factors loom over shipping sector: report

May 27, 2022 by Philip Porado

While fewer total losses of cargo ships worldwide is good news for marine insurers, the number of shipping casualties rose during 2021, said Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) annual Safety & Shipping Review. Globally, 54 total vessel losses were

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Auto insurance: How to handle acid spill claims

May 26, 2022 by Jason Contant

Insurers would be well-advised to have experts and claim-handling protocols on hand to identify unique claim situations such as the two sulphuric acid spills in Trail, B.C. several years ago, two forensic engineers say. On Apr. 10 and May 23,

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How to speed up claims response for NatCats

May 25, 2022 by Yasser Korany, Mario Delorme and Mazen Habash

Extreme weather events have become common, some bringing unprecedented levels of destruction to structures and facilities, overwhelming owners, property managers and insurers. In response, nearly all major insurers have created centralized Cat units dedicated to handling claims arising from extreme

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Why COVID-19 created opportunities for risk managers

May 19, 2022 by Jason Contant

Risk management professionals are gaining a voice in the executive ranks, partially because COVID-19’s helped raise the sector’s profile. “There is now a seat at that table where there never was before,” said Steve Pottle, chairman of the RIMS Canada

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Rising lumber, materials costs lead claims professionals to tweak their approach

May 16, 2022 by Philip Porado

With the inflation rate at a 30-year high, specialists handling home reconstruction claims are making adjustments that reflect surging prices for construction components – including lumber, finishing materials and appliances. What started as supply chain problems, some of which were

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4 insurance industry trends to watch

May 11, 2022 by Tara Kelly

In this third calendar year marked by the pandemic, emerging trends in data collection and security require insurance policy offerings to keep pace with client needs. We can count on innovation and technology to keep reshaping the insurance sector in

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Drones, phones and loss control: how inspections changed amid the pandemic

May 5, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Loss control strategies had to pivot amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and while many insurance carriers reverted to ‘Old School’ loss control inspections via the phone, some took it even further, industry experts share during a Canadian Underwriter webinar.   The

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Why insurers can appreciate asphalt art

April 29, 2022 by Jason Contant

Asphalt art is far from distracting for road users. In fact, it significantly reduces crashes and the rate of “conflict” between pedestrians and vehicles, according to a new study. A historical crash analysis compared a two-year span of crash data

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Fraud risk management at B.C.’s $16 billion Site C dam project can improve: auditor

April 27, 2022 by Jason Contant

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general says Crown-owned BC Hydro can improve its management of potential fraud risks at the $16 billion Site C dam project. Michael Pickup says an audit found the Crown corporation has some elements of fraud

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Bank of Canada governor says he won’t ‘rule anything out’ on rates

April 22, 2022 by Adena Ali - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – On a day when the Federal Reserve spooked markets with its tough talk on interest rates, Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem says he won’t “rule anything out” when it comes to the central bank’s own interest rate

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Why multi-factor authentication isn’t the cure-all for your client’s cyber woes

April 21, 2022 by Jason Contant

Staying one step ahead of cybercriminals seems to be a never-ending battle for insurers and insureds, cyber experts said during an industry event Wednesday. “The problem is, as we increase our cyber hygiene and become better insureds, the criminals adapt