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What commercial brokers are saying about the worrisome market turn

February 4, 2019 by David Gambrill

Whether the industry faces a hard market or simply a “market correction,” commercial lines premiums are definitely on the rise, Canadian commercial brokers reported in an online poll by Canadian Underwriter. And they are starting to get concerned about it.

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Pot law renews industry call for drug testing of commercial drivers

January 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government’s push to legalize recreational marijuana is raising concerns within the insurance industry about commercial auto safety and eliciting calls for random drug testing among commercial drivers. Once marijuana is legal, this will “have an impact on the

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U.S. commercial insurance prices remain nearly flat in the second quarter: Willis Towers Watson survey

September 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance prices in the United States were again nearly flat during the second quarter of 2017, global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson (WTW) reported on Monday. For the eight quarter in a row, price changes were

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Cyber market ‘softer than ever,’ commercial property, general liability rates down in U.S. in Q2: CIAB

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Responses from brokers surveyed indicate commercial property insurance rates in the United States dropped an average of 3.6% during the three months ending June 30, with average premium pricing down 1.44% in cyber, in a market that is “softer than

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U.S. P&C industry sustains favourable rating activity in H1 2017: A.M. Best

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Credit rating activity for the United States’ property and casualty industry in the first half of 2017 was favourable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades, A.M. Best Company reported on Thursday. Nearly one-third of the 2017 upgrades were driven by “increased parental

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U.S. p&c industry’s reserve adequacy relatively stable in 2016, auto takes hit: Conning

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The reserve adequacy of the property and casualty industry south of the border was relatively stable last year, with 2016 marking the 11th consecutive year of favourable development from prior-accident years, Conning notes in a study issued this week. “The

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Economical reports 12.8% increase in gross written premiums in Q2 2017, 8.3 point increase in combined ratio to 112.8%

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance reported a 12.8% increase in gross written premiums (GWP) in the second quarter of 2017 to $660.6 million, driven by strong personal lines growth, including contributions from Sonnet and Petline. “While we generated significant growth in gross written

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Premium renewal rate positive across almost the majority of commercial product lines in U.S.: IVANS

August 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The premium renewal rate change for most standard commercial lines products in the United States remained in positive territory for July, with workers’ compensation representing the only standout, notes the latest IVANS Index. The majority of standard commercial lines products

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Absence of large losses contributes to 20.6-point drop in Q2 combined ratio for PartnerRe

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PartnerRe Ltd. reported a combined ratio of 87.7% during the three months ending June 30, a 20.6-point improvement over 108.3% during the same period in 2016, when Canada experienced its most expensive natural disaster ever and a loss from an

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MGA market growth beats industry, but weakens with softening rates: Conning

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Growth in the managing general agent (MGA) market last year exceeded that of the total property and casualty market by 32%, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. “In 2016, comparable firms in Conning’s MGA database

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Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. increased by less than 1% for sixth straight quarter: Willis Towers Watson

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance prices in the United States were nearly flat during the first quarter of 2017, according to the last Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS) from Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The survey, released on Monday, compared prices charged on

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All major commercial product lines in U.S. market enter positive territory: May IVANS Index

June 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

May marked the first time in several months that the premium renewal rate for all major commercial product lines in the United States were up year-over year, notes a new index released Thursday by IVANS, a division of Applied Systems.