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What’s unique to this hardened real estate insurance market

September 17, 2020 by Adam Malik

At the same time insurers have a reduced appetite to take on real estate risks, real estate developers during a pandemic-induced economic recession have an aversion to investing a lot of money into risk-reduction measures. These twin dynamics are a

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North American stock markets climb on continuing positive outlook for economy

September 17, 2020 by The Canadian Press - Ross Marowits

TORONTO – North American stock markets climbed amid positive signals in Canada and elsewhere about the strength of a post-pandemic rebound. The good mood started with Chinese retail sales numbers moving back into positive terrain compared with a year earlier.

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Aon exec discusses industry ‘sins’ and puts COVID claims into perspective

September 16, 2020 by Adam Malik

Riding the wave of high interest rates years ago, some P&C insurers and reinsurers overlooked their escalating combined ratios, an industry exec recently observed during a webinar. And that’s coming back to bite the industry now that the global COVID-19

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P&C industry braces for a ‘second wave’ of COVID liability

September 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

There is an old saying: ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ As schools across the nation re-open, and as COVID-19 virus infection rates across Canada once again begin to climb, Canadian P&C industry observers

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Aon’s take on the state of the Canadian P&C insurance market

September 15, 2020 by Jason Contant

The first quarter of 2020 saw a continuation and acceleration of the Canadian risk and insurance market shift that took hold in 2019, with pricing increases, withdrawn capacity in several key lines of business, tightened terms, and an increasingly rigorous

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The biggest challenge for commercial brokers right now

September 15, 2020 by Adam Malik

Among a myriad of issues facing Canada’s P&C industry, reduced capacity in the property and casualty insurance market is top of mind for one senior executive at Gallagher. “While rate is a very big concern, capacity reduction, to me, is

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Mixed result in British court ruling in business interruption coverage dispute

September 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a client has business interruption coverage “following” a notifiable disease within a certain distance, while another has coverage for BI “in consequence” of the same disease, one of those clients could be covered for its COVID-19 closure while the

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Pandemic relief: Keeping the size of auto insurance discounts in perspective

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Sometimes it’s not just about the size of the pandemic auto insurance discount, but the fact that it was a discount and not a rate hike that makes all the difference to a consumer. For example, a 25% auto insurance

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What’s driving D&O rate increases for privately-held firms

September 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Lawsuits from employees alleging harassment or discrimination is one reason for significant price increases in directors’ and officers’ liability rates. In Canada, commercial brokerage Gallagher is seeing an uptick in age and gender discrimination claims and workplace harassment claims under

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How bad Canada’s auto loss ratios are getting

September 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Canadian industry’s loss ratio in auto liability has deteriorated for the fourth year in a row, A.M. Best Company Inc. has reported. Meanwhile, the loss ratio in “auto personal accident” deteriorated nearly 10 points. It increased from 70.4% in

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COVID-19 compounds ongoing real estate insurance challenges

September 8, 2020 by Adam Malik

The global pandemic isn’t necessarily causing a large number of problems around insurance issues in the real estate sector, but it’s clogging up the pathway to making things better. “The way we’re thinking about real estate and insurance is that,

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How A.M. Best predicts pandemic could affect the Canadian P&C industry

September 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An increase of residential cooking fires and business closures arising from the pandemic are among the trends affecting the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry on the radar of A.M. Best Company Inc. Overall, personal property losses are lower so