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Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. posts net income of $1.4 million in 2016 Q3, up from $1.3 million loss in 2015 Q3

November 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has posted a net income of about $1.4 million in 2016 Q3 compared to a $1.3 million loss in 2015 Q3, although net operating income for the most recent quarter decreased markedly as a result of

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Combined ratio 100.3% for U.S. mutual insurers in 2015: A.M. Best

September 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Mutual property & casualty insurers in the United States experienced more growth in their commercial business than in personal lines over the past five years, while improved pricing sophistication has led to lower loss ratios, A.M. Best Company suggested in

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U.S. p&c industry sees favourable rating activity in 2016 H1: A.M. Best

August 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Property and casualty insurers in the United States have witnessed favourable rating activity in the first half of 2016 compared to a negative prior-year trend, notes a new special report from A.M. Best. Reversing what was seen in 2015 H1,

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Economical Insurance cites wildfire’s impact, net income drops to $17.1 million in 2016 Q2

August 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s worst-ever insured natural disaster – the Fort McMurray wildfire – delivered a hard hit to the underwriting activity of Economical Insurance, contributing to a net income in the second quarter of 2016 of about half the prior-year quarter. Economical

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Underwriting performance for U.S. commercial lines likely to deteriorate in 2016: Fitch Ratings

May 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Underwriting performance for the commercial lines sector in the United States is likely to deteriorate in 2016, according to a report released on Tuesday by Fitch Ratings. The decline follows a three-year underwriting profit for the industry, with a combined

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Toronto brokerage RRJ Insurance Group purchases Topping Insurance Brokers; office will remain in Peterborough

May 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based RRJ Insurance Group Ltd. has announced the purchase of Peterborough, Ont.-based Topping Insurance Brokers Ltd. The RRJ Insurance Group said in a press release issued on Thursday that the purchase was effective May 2. The office is located at

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Economical Insurance combined ratio down 4.6 points in first quarter of 2016

May 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance has reported a combined ratio of 101.1% in the first quarter of 2016 ending March 31, down 4.6 percentage points from the Q1 2015 combined ratio of 105.7%. Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance’s gross written premiums were up by

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P&C industry in the U.S. marks third consecutive underwriting gain, but surplus declines on investment results: A.M. Best

May 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The property and casualty industry in the United States marked a third consecutive year of underwriting profitability, with US$6.2 billion in underwriting income in 2015, according to an A.M. Best Company special report released on Friday. However, the lower level

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Arthur J. Gallagher acquires Winnipeg brokerage B.R. Rhymer Insurance Agencies

May 6, 2016 by Jason Contant

Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) has announced the acquisition of B.R. Rhymer Insurance Agencies Ltd., a personal and commercial lines broker located on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg, Manitoba. AJG, the international division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. outside of the