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Two winter storms, one $70-million claims bill for insurers

April 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

The busy catastrophe season in Canada thus far is continuing with no signs of slowing down. Two severe weather storms in Ontario this year, one in February and one in March, cost insurers more than $70 million in insured damage,

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What the industry learned from the costliest catastrophe of 2018

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The sheer volume of claims following the windstorm that swept through southern Ontario and Quebec last May led to critical service disruptions, after so many consumers called at once to report their claims to their insurers. “I’m not sure people

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Two weird things about the 2018 catastrophe season

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian insurance industry saw a bit of an unusual catastrophe season last year, with more cats in the second quarter than the third, and Ontario beating out Alberta for insured losses. There were a total of 12 catastrophes last

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What Canada’s P&C industry has learned from catastrophes

July 31, 2018 by David Gambrill

Each catastrophe presents a unique learning opportunity for today’s risk and insurance professional; over time, savvy risk experts will use these broad-scale “teachable moments” to better prepare their clients and employers to be more resilient in the future. Canadian Underwriter

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Cyber catastrophe bonds: Coming soon?

July 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With computer security incidents causing business interruption and privacy breaches, there is a “very real possibility” that a catastrophe bond covering cyber risk might be available, the head of a cyber risk modelling vendor predicts. Catastrophe bonds are a form

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Does Canada have the adjusting resources to handle back-to-back catastrophes?

June 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Does Canada’s property and casualty industry have enough resources in place to adjust major catastrophes that occur in tandem or right on the heels of each other? Industry resources in Ontario were tested after a severe ice storm in April,

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The Costly Future of Claims

January 26, 2018 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Oops, the industry did it again. In 2017, Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry paid out a total of $1.33 billion in insured losses following catastrophic events primarily related to climate change. It’s the fifth time over the past seven

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How insurers protect their earnings against multiple catastrophes

January 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

With the rise of multiple major catastrophe events in Canada, look for primary insurers to start seeking aggregate reinsurance covers as a means to adapt to climate change-related losses. “It’s the new normal that the companies are going to have

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Part of the Whole

November 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global natural catastrophe story for 2017, one that could tell the tale of the largest related losses in history, shows how interconnected each country’s reinsurance market is to the global whole. Reinsurers operating in Canada are advised that, this time around, being part of the whole may demand rethinking risk, pricing and partners.

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Allianz trials blockchain prototype for the captive insurance market

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

International insurance transactions can be significantly accelerated and simplified, suggests a trial by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) involving the successful implementation of a blockchain prototype for the captive insurance market. “We are currently seeing many blockchain applications in

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Hurricanes expected to deliver 1.4 billion euro hit to Munich Re in third quarter, total tally estimated at 2.7 billion euros

October 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Exceptional major-loss expenditure related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM) are expected to result in Munich Re posting a loss of 1.4 billion euros in 2017 Q3, reducing the (re)insurer’s previously anticipated full-year profit. Emphasizing that current estimates “are

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Travelers reports lower net, core income in 2017 Q3 than in 2016 Q3

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A US$700 million pre-tax hit for catastrophe losses in 2017 Q3 contributed to Travelers Companies, Inc. seeing both its net income and core income drop compared to the prior-year quarter. The U.S. insurer’s net income amounted to US$293 million for