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RSA Canada posts solid underwriting profit despite nat-Cat events in 2016

February 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

RSA Canada witnessed increased underwriting profit and a solid combined ratio for 2016 despite what can only be described as a challenging year that featured Canada’s most costly insurable nat-Cat ever and a host of other adverse weather events. “We’re

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AIG sees net loss of about US$3 billion in 2016 Q4

February 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has posted net losses for both the full year and the fourth quarter of 2016, but company president and CEO Peter Hancock reports that actions taken last year will help “dramatically reduce uncertainty and deliver

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2016 sees highest-ever catastrophe insured losses, hail has impact: Rennie

February 1, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

2016 was a year of records: the largest catastrophe-related insured losses in Canada’s history, the biggest loss for a single Cat and the most hail events in the month of July, Carolyn Rennie, managing director of Catastrophe Indices and Quantification

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Canada becoming less attractive option for investors: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Anticipated less-than-stellar financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry in 2016 will likely contribute to the market becoming less attractive to investors and absent significant improvement, it is unlikely the current level of capital will remain in the country,

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Loss ratio for Canadian commercial insurers deteriorates in accident year 2016 compared to same period in 2015: Willis Towers Watson survey

January 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reported claim cost information for Canadian commercial insurers reveals a deterioration in loss ratio of 38.4% in accident year 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey – Canada

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A.M. Best maintains stable outlook for Canadian P&C industry; financial results strong again in 2015

November 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ratings firm A.M. Best Company continues to maintain a stable outlook for the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry, noting that it has “historically shown resilience and the ability to adapt when necessary.” A.M. Best’s stable outlook is based primarily

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City Views

November 2, 2016 Sean Murphy, President, Lloyd's Canada

The role of urban centres as economic powerhouses has never been more apparent. A 2011 report from McKinsey & Company notes 600 cities are projected to generate more than 60% of global growth to 2025. Not only are populations more

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CNA Financial posts net income of US$343 million in 2016 Q3

November 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

CNA Financial Corporation saw net income jump US$165 million to US$343 million in 2016 Q3 over the prior-year quarter, driven by the performance of its Property & Casualty Operations, higher net investment income and stable catastrophe losses. Net income for

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Fort Mac wildfire more than an “earnings event” for some insurers, domestic market posts $1 billion underwriting loss in H1: MSA

September 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Fort McMurray wildfire may have been an “earnings event” for the largest insurers in Canada’s property and casualty industry, but that was not the case for some smaller regional writers, notes the newly released MSA Quarterly Outlook Report for

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U.S. P&C insurance industry posts underwriting loss of US$2.3 billion in first half of 2016: A.M. Best

September 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The property and casualty insurance industry in the United States posted an underwriting loss of approximately US$2.3 billion and a 3.5% decline year-over-year in net investment income through the first six months of 2016, said a new A.M. Best Company

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Zurich Insurance Group’s 2016 business operating profit down in H1, up in Q2 over prior-year periods

August 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Continuing to build on its efforts to simplify and become more agile, Zurich Insurance Group reports that its business operating profit (BOP) for the first half of 2016 was US$2.194 million, down 2% from US$2.238 million for 2015 H1. Figures

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Non-life catastrophe bond issuance hits US$2.8 billion: WCMA

July 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Market issuance of non-life catastrophe bonds for the first half of the year amounted to US$2.8 billion, with six transactions in the second quarter accounting for US$1 billion of capacity, notes a report from Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA).