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December 1, 2016 Canadian Underwriter

Technology is today’s shiny new thing in the property and casualty insurance industry. Unlike many passing fancies, though, technology offers great promise for enhancing efficiencies, identifying risks and cutting costs. Still, insurers need to guard against becoming distracted and straying from what needs to be their ultimate focus: improving customer experience.

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PERILS AG almost doubles initial property loss estimate for Central Italy earthquake

November 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG’s second loss estimate for insured property loss associated with Central Italy’s earthquake in August has almost doubled from 34 million euros to 66 million euros. The third loss estimate for the quake is scheduled to be published Feb.

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Federal government should consider emergency back-stop mechanism for catastrophic earthquake: conference board

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Conference Board of Canada is echoing a recent recommendation by a former federal superintendent of financial institutions for Ottawa to consider adopting a last-resort, emergency back-stop mechanism for a catastrophic earthquake given the long-reaching, adverse effects that the event

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Insured losses of New Zealand quake could be as much as US$3.5 billion: AIR Worldwide

November 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The largest earthquake to hit New Zealand since 2009, registering magnitude 7.8, could contribute to insured losses amounting to US$762 million to US$3.5 billion, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide reported Thursday. The modelled estimates include insured physical damage to property

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Fort McMurray will hit Canadian’s p&c industry financial results in 2016: A.M. Best

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Current-year financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry – which were once again strong in 2015 – are expected to take a hit in the wake of the Fort McMurray wildfire loss, notes a new report from A.M. Best.

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Altered State

November 1, 2016 Canadian Underwriter

If recent history is an indicator of future outcomes, Canada looks set on a path of annual billion-dollar (or more) losses from natural catastrophes. Should reinsurers view this as the new normal? And, if so, will treatment by reinsurers both inside and outside the country change to suit this evolving reality?

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Insurance industry must work to reduce protection gap, burden on governments

October 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry needs to capitalize on its unique risk understanding to reduce the financial burden on governments in light of “the daunting scale of the protection gap,” Nick Frankland, CEO of EMEA operations for Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC,

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Great British Columbia ShakeOut attracts record number of registrants

October 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is clearly gaining more traction, with a record 800,000 British Columbians registering for today’s “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill, joining almost 41.5 million others around the world. “This year, we saw the largest number

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Hurricane Matthew damage significant, but manageable, for U.S. insurers: A.M. Best

October 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Most insurance carriers rated by A.M. Best have sufficient capital and appropriate reinsurance programs to effectively absorb Hurricane Matthew losses, notes a new briefing from the rating agency. That being the case, A.M. Best reports it does not anticipate a

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Business interruption payouts should be based on historic results even in post-disaster economy: AEIC speaker

October 11, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire will likely raise questions about the basis for business interruption (BI) insurance payouts in a post-catastrophe economy, but historic results are the best indication of what otherwise would have occurred, Emily Stock argued during the 43rd

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Cat bond issuance so far in 2016 down 15% compared to same period in 2015, Fort Mac reviving talk about unmodelled risks: PCS

October 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Year-to-date Cat bond issuance was down more than 15% compared to the prior-year period as a result of a usually light third quarter and a less usual quiet second quarter, notes a new report from Property Claim Services (PCS). The

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Recent earthquakes a reminder that events can happen anywhere: I.I.I.

August 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The recent earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar are a warning to homeowners and business owners in regions that may also be at risk to consider purchasing earthquake insurance, notes the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Just 10% of homeowners in the U.S. have