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Insured losses from Cyclone Debbie reach AUS$1.5 billion, 85% of claims closed

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers have paid AUS$1 billion in claims related to Cyclone Debbie, with more than 85% of claims now closed, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) reported on Monday. Cyclone Debbie now ranks as the second-most expensive cyclone in Australian history,

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Automated driving applications could significantly reduce road trauma in Australia and New Zealand: report

October 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Road trauma in Australia and New Zealand could be significantly reduced by the adoption of rapidly developing technologies that change the way drivers use vehicles, new research has found. The report, titled Safety Benefits of Cooperative ITS and Automated Driving,

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Insured property loss estimate for Tropical Cyclone Debbie in Australia up to AU$1.7 billion: PERILS

September 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has upped its estimate of the property insurance market loss for Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which affected the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales this spring, to just shy of AU$1.7 billion. The Zurich-based organization’s third loss

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Accidental damage insurance provider ‘forced to bypass insurers,’ plans 2018 Canada launch: Executive Forum speaker

August 31, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A firm once described by its co-founder as being “on the lunatic fringe” of the insurtech market plans to provide, in Canada, insurance covering consumer items for accidental damage, loss and theft starting next year. Trov Inc., which is currently

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Fewer and less intense cat events significantly lower global economic losses to US$44 billion in H1 2017: Swiss Re

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total global economic losses from disasters were US$44 billion in the first half of 2017, down significantly from US$117 billion in H1 2016, as a result of fewer and less intense events, according to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re.

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Aon plc net income up to US$769 million in Q2 2017 from US$300 million in Q2 2016

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aon plc has reported a net income attributable to shareholders of US$769 million for the three months ending June 30, a drastic increase from US$300 million in the prior-year period. Total revenue increased 4% to US$2.4 billion from US$2.3 billion

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Arthur J. Gallagher gains presence in Quebec with acquisition of GPL Assurance Inc.

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) announced late Thursday that it has “extended its investment in Canada and further diversified it geographic presence” with the acquisition of retail insurance broker GPL Assurance Inc. in Quebec. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established

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Net income for Swiss Re US$1.2 billion in 2017 H1, down from about US$1.9 billion in 2016 H1

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Disciplined underwriting and strong investment returns contributed to Swiss Re recording net income of US$1.2 billion for the first half of 2017, although catastrophe claims served to reduce the total from the comparable period in 2016. Net income for Swiss

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Digital and app users not waiting around, quick to bail on non-responsive service: Australia research

August 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A huge divide exists between consumer expectations of their digital service experience and what is being delivered, with three-quarters of recently polled consumers in Australia reporting they will stop trying a digital app or service within a minute if it

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EY report on reforming B.C. auto points to impending restrictions in Australia on auto accident benefits for minor injuries

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A report released April 11 by the Ontario finance ministry “contains many useful learnings” for British Columbia’s government-run auto insurer, Ernst & Young LLP suggested in a report released July 24. In Affordable and Effective Auto Insurance – a New

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Alternate dispute resolution, tripling accident benefits among potential solutions for B.C. auto insurance: EY

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The process of suing for compensation for motor vehicle accidents “could be made far more efficient” in British Columbia, whose monopoly auto insurer’s basic accident benefits are “low compared to modern medical and rehabilitation costs” in care-based auto insurance schemes

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Insurance Corporation of B.C. financial condition ‘seriously compromised,’ Basic Autoplan needs redesign: EY

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The premiums charged by British Columbia’s government-run monopoly provider of basic auto insurance are “not high enough” to cover claims, the system is not sustainable and the cost of the average minor bodily injury claim has risen well beyond the