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Is the grass greener on the other side of insurance?

April 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are you a personal lines specialist who is attracted by the allure of working in commercial lines? You’re not alone. “I think a lot of people often say, ‘Well, I’m in personal lines and I aspire to commercial because it’s

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Landing Top Producers

December 4, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Where do you find top-flight commercial brokers when the pool of highly-qualified talent is shallow?

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Augmented and virtual reality poised to impact insurance industry: Novarica

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Augmented and virtual reality each boast considerable potential for impact within the insurance industry, with implications spanning risk mitigation, improved efficiency and loss ratios and enhanced customer service, Novarica said in a new executive brief. While their effect will be

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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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Echelon’s combined ratio improves 4.2 points to 93.5% in Q2, driven by personal auto and commercial property and liability

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has reported a combined operating ratio of 93.5% for the second quarter of 2017 ending June 30, a 4.2 point improvement from 97.7% in Q2 2016, driven by strong results in personal auto and commercial

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Hub International purchases “certain assets” of Quebec surety broker

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub International Limited announced on Monday that Hub Quebec has purchased “certain assets” from Patrice Varin, through a corporation held by him. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Varin will join Hub Quebec, bringing with him a

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McDougall Insurance & Financial merges with Monkman Gracie Johnston Insurance

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ross McDougall, CEO of McDougall Insurance & Financial, announced on Tuesday that the brokerage has merged with Monkman Gracie Johnston Insurance effective immediately. Operating out of Peterborough, Ont., Monkman Insurance and its 22 employees join Belleville, Ont.-headquartered McDougall Insurance to

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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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Brokers taking the initiative to embrace digital transformation: Insurance Analytics Canada speaker

July 4, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Many brokers are taking the bull by the horns and embracing digital transformation, with or without the help of insurers, a speaker suggested last week at the Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in downtown Toronto. Greg McCutcheon, president of Markham, Ont.-based

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Investment income doubles for Canadian P&C industry: MSA

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had essentially no underwriting income during the first three months of the year but Q1 net investment income more than doubled year over year, figures from a report from MSA Research Inc. suggest.

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Echelon reports Canadian combined ratio of 94% for Q1 2017, down 6% from Q1 2016

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mississauga, Ont.-based Canadian P&C insurer Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has reported a Canadian combined operating ratio of 94% for the three months ending March 31, down from 100% in Q1 2016 and driven by strong results in both personal and

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The Co-operators reports net income of $34.6 million for Q1 2017, combined ratio of 102.5%

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guelph, Ont.-based Co-operators General Insurance Company has reported a consolidated net income of $34.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, down from $39.3 million in the first quarter of 2016. The company’s combined ratio, excluding market