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One positive trend in the P&C industry’s third-quarter results

November 28, 2019 by David Gambrill

Canada’s federally-regulated property and casualty insurers appear to be getting a handle on their property lines claims ratios, although auto lines are still in trouble, according to third-quarter industry results released by the country’s solvency regulator, the Office of the

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Is the reserve release tank running on empty?

April 15, 2019 by David Gambrill

The Canadian property and casualty industry saw its reserve releases contract in 2018 to their lowest level in seven years, according to MSA’s Q4 2018 Quarterly Outlook. Expressed as a percentage of loss development margin, reserve releases last year amounted

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Munich Re not saying how many Canadian jobs may be cut as part of worldwide staff reductions

March 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Munich Re, which spent over $4 billion in 2017 for three hurricanes alone, is not saying how many jobs – if any – it is cutting in Canada. Published reports Thursday quoted Munich Re officials as saying the German reinsurer

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Combined ratio, net loss for Economical Insurance up in 2017 Q3 over 2016 Q3

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The impact of strategic investments by Economical Insurance contributed to the insurer witnessing a combined ratio of 116.2% and an almost doubling of net loss in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. The combined ratio for the third quarter of

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Echelon Insurance reports near halving of net income in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The B.C. wildfires and losses related to commercial auto and motorcycle contributed to Echelon Insurance witnessing a 42% decrease in net income and an increase in combined operating ratio for 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. Net income amounted to

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Travelers reports lower net, core income in 2017 Q3 than in 2016 Q3

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A US$700 million pre-tax hit for catastrophe losses in 2017 Q3 contributed to Travelers Companies, Inc. seeing both its net income and core income drop compared to the prior-year quarter. The U.S. insurer’s net income amounted to US$293 million for

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Manitoba Public Insurance reports net income of $42.3 million

October 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance has reported a net income of $42.3 million for the six months of its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2017 – an increase of $69.2 million over the same period last year. This amount includes net income

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P&C reinsurance gross written premiums for half-year up 17.3% to 5.4 billion euros for Hannover Re

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re has reported a 17.3% increase in property and casualty reinsurance gross written premiums (GWP) for the first half of the year to 5.4 billion euros from 4.6 billion euros in H1 2016. “The main driver was once again

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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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Fairfax ‘not oriented’ towards more acquisitions: Watsa

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which recently bought a majority interest in Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, “want to look at how” they can “organically expand” the firm’s existing business, chairman Prem Watsa told financial analysts recently. Toronto-based

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Kingsway reports net loss of US$7.9 million in Q2 2017

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Kingsway Financial Services Inc. has reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of US$7.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of US$0.6 million in the same quarter last

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Q2 commission, fee growth flat at Willis Towers Watson

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Thursday its commissions and fees from corporate risk and broking were $624 million during the three months ending June 30, a slight drop from $627 million during the same period in 2016. “North America organic