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Learning from the mistakes of pandemic coverage

October 9, 2020 by Adam Malik

There are lessons to be learned from the current COVID-19 pandemic about how to protect clients against future pandemic losses, senior industry executives say. The Wimbledon Championships’ pandemic coverage, for example, was generally hailed as a success. The famed tennis

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How COVID-19 can trigger a ‘force majeure’ or ‘act of God’ clause in a contract

October 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic could be considered an “act of God,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean a client can recoup a deposit for cancelling a large gathering, a recent British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal ruling suggests. While most property and casualty

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What Gore Mutual advises about winter tires

October 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto clients should start thinking soon about their seasonal tire change, an executive with Gore Mutual suggests. “As we get further into fall and temperatures begin to drop below seven degrees Celsius, motorists should definitely begin thinking about changing

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What business interruption coverage appeal to U.K. Supreme Court could look like

October 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British insurers are not taking yes for an answer from the High Court of England and Wales, which recently ruled that insuring business interruption “following” a notifiable disease, within a certain distance of the client, does in fact mean that

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Doubling down on specialty

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Bernard McNulty, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s new chief agent for Canada, explains the impact of the pandemic and what changes may be in store

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Intact’s plan to help you advise your client on disaster resilience

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

By the end of this year, Intact Financial Corp. is hoping that a research centre it funds will have trained more than 140,000 brokers, home inspectors, realtors, and other professionals on how to make properties resilient to extreme weather, CEO

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Watch out for litigation funding in Canada, industry execs warn

October 2, 2020 by Adam Malik

A leader in the Canadian P&C industry is sounding the alarm about the rise of litigation funding in Canada. Litigation funding is an arrangement in which a third-party company — not the plaintiff’s law firm — agrees to fund all

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How insurers are shifting investment strategies amid the pandemic

September 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Changing the mix of real estate portfolios, selling international exposures and considering increasing insurance prices are among the measures Canadian insurers are taking to compensate for the impact of COVID-19 on investment results. Intact Financial Corp.’s investment portfolio turns over

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‘Much clearer picture’ of how Ottawa will address flood risk coming soon

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A special pool, in which high-risk properties would have caps or subsidies on premiums for flood insurance, remains a possibility in Canada, and the industry should have a much better idea this fall of what the government plans to do,

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Intact warns of indirect economic impact from COVID

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest risks facing Canadian insurers, executives told a recent investors’ conference. “What can happen to us is what we call indirect losses,” Intact Financial Corp. CFO Louis Marcotte said

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How long will it take to get out of this hard market?

September 28, 2020 by Adam Malik

After setting aside as to whether or not we’re in a hard market, industry consultant Phil Cook said he expects the hard market to last into 2022. Cook, who is also chairman of Omega Insurance Holdings, typically gives his Industry

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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID