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Changing climate is raising forest fire risk, says Natural Resources Canada annual report

September 28, 2016 Bruce Cheadle - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A new government report says that by the end of this century a changing climate is expected to at least double the area burned each year by forest fires in Canada. The 2015 annual forest assessment by Natural

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Lloyd’s reports 1.46 billion pound profit for first half of 2016, combined ratio up 8.5 points to 98%

September 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite seeing a “major claims increase due primarily to the Fort McMurray fires in Alberta, Canada” and a challenging market environment, Lloyd’s of London has reported a profit of 1.46 billion pounds – or nearly $2.5 billion – for the

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Bank of Canada senior deputy says adapt to slower growth and low rates

September 14, 2016 The Canadian Press

LONDON – The senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada says investors and those in the financial system need to adapt to the reality of slower growth and associated low interest rates. In a speech to the Official Monetary

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Industry must more effectively harness potential of satellite, drone and aerial technologies: Guy Carpenter’s head of cat planning & response

September 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Advances in the development of “visual intelligence” based on multiple data sources, including satellite imagery and drone footage, have the potential to significantly enhance claims and catastrophe response processes and underwriting decision making when companies harness that potential effectively, according

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Combined ratio deteriorates 2.6 points for Willis Reinsurance Index

September 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Monday the combined ratio for its index of top reinsurers was 94.1% during the first six months of 2016, up 2.6 points from 91.5% during the same period as 2015, during a time when insurers

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Bank of Canada raises concerns about economy, holds interest rate at 0.5%

September 7, 2016 Craig Wong - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada struck a note of caution Wednesday as it held its key interest rate target steady at 0.5 per cent and raised concerns after the export sector disappointed earlier this year. “While the strength in

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Reinsurance disputes and CBI exposures possible after North American wildfires and Louisiana floods: CMS lawyer

September 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A year of fire and floods in North America could lead to a repeat of 2007, when reinsurance disputes emerged over causation issues, a lawyer with global law firm CMS said on Friday. Alex Denslow, a partner with the Insurance

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Fort McMurray wildfire accounts for 98% of H1 insured cat losses in Canada, 29% of PCS-designated North American losses

August 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Fort McMurray wildfire accounted for 98% of first-half insured catastrophe losses in Canada and 29% of Property Claim Services (PCS)-designated North American cat losses for the period, according to a preliminary estimate from the company. Insurers affected by the

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Total economic losses from disaster events in H1 2016 up 38% to US$71 billion, insurance industry covered 44%: Swiss Re

August 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from disaster events in the first half of the year rose by 38% to US$71 billion from the same time last year, primarily due to natural catastrophes, according to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re. Of the

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PCS re-survey estimates $4.67 billion in insured damage from Fort McMurray wildfire

August 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses arising from the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire are estimated at $4.67 billion, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s Property Claims Services said in a bulletin this week. The wildfire in May was the most expensive natural catastrophe in Canadian history, when

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Desjardins’ combined ratio up 26.5 points in Q2 2016, Fort McMurray wildfire losses estimated at $30.2 million

August 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Levis, Que.-based Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG) released its second quarter financial results on Friday, reporting an estimated expense of $30.2 million after reinsurance and income taxes related to the Fort McMurray wildfire and a combined ratio of 99.1%. “The

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Alberta announces financial assistance for small businesses affected by Fort McMurray wildfire

August 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade announced on Tuesday that financial assistance for small businesses affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire will be available starting in September. Small businesses recovering from the wildfire will have access to two complementary