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Why management experience is so important for blockchain insurance

August 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

Given that “there are no 10-year-old blockchain companies” in an industry that relies heavily on historical data, how do insurers assess a submission for insurance related to the distributed ledger? Just like you would for any type of “traditional insurance”:

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Why you’ll have trouble finding D&O insurance for clients using blockchain

August 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers looking to place directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage for clients involved with blockchain or digital assets will not have an easy time finding the coverage, since there is a limited underwriting appetite for it. “It’s definitely feasible, and

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Signs of a hardening commercial market

August 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Shopping around for the best deal for a business client may be getting more difficult as commercial lines prices start to uptick. Among commercial insurers, “it seems there is a little bit of tightening up on the risk appetite,” Raymond

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This Top 5 liability insurer is looking for firms to buy

August 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The corporate parent of Canada’s fourth-largest liability insurer – American International Group Inc. – is actively looking for companies to acquire. “I always look for acquisitions,” said Brian Duppereault, CEO of New York City-based AIG, during a recent earnings call.

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Pay-as-you-go travel insurance comes to Canada

April 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

An AIG company has launched a pay-as-you-go travel insurance app. Travel Guard Group Canada launched the iPhone app last week to allow Canadian customers (except Quebec residents) to purchase travel insurance coverage in blocks of time ranging from one day

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How 2017 hurricanes could affect Canadian insurance prices

January 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian property insurers could face reinsurance rate hikes this June as an indirect result of recent California wildfires and North Atlantic hurricanes, a ratings firm analyst predicts, echoing the opinions of several commentators in the Canadian property and casualty (P&C)

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AIG re-enters Lloyd’s business with $5.56-billion deal

January 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Less than two years after Canada Pension Plan Investment Board bought Lloyd’s underwriter Ascot Underwriting from American International Group Inc. (AIG), AIG plans to get back into the Lloyd’s business again. AIG announced Monday a US$5.56-billion agreement to acquire Validus

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Your primer on crowdsourcing techniques

December 8, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Crowdsourcing, as defined by the consulting firm Crowd Sourcing Week, is “is the practice of engaging a ‘crowd’ or group for a common goal — often innovation, problem solving, or efficiency. It is powered by new technologies, social media and

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Commercial premiums down 13% for AIG

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. announced Thursday its combined ratio in commercial insurance was 195.4% in the three months ending Sept. 30, up 89.6 points from 105.8% in Q3 2016. New York City-based AIG confirmed Thursday an earlier-released estimate, of $3

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AIG changes organizational structure, adds “standalone technology platform”

September 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced on Monday that it will transition to General Insurance and Life & Retirement segments, as well as a new “standalone, technology-enabled platform.” AIG said in a statement that it is planning to make changes

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U.S. P&C industry records US$5.1 billion underwriting loss in first half of 2017: A.M. Best

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The property and casualty industry in the United States recorded a net underwriting loss of US$5.1 billion for the first six months of the year, according to preliminary results from A.M. Best Company. This underwriting loss compares with a US$2 billion loss in the same period a year ago, the Oldwick, N.J. ratings firm said in a press release on Tuesday. Data from the financial review is derived from companies’ six-month 2017 interim statutory statements received as of Aug. 21 and represents an estimated 96%…

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Fairfax ‘not oriented’ towards more acquisitions: Watsa

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which recently bought a majority interest in Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, “want to look at how” they can “organically expand” the firm’s existing business, chairman Prem Watsa told financial analysts recently. Toronto-based