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How to Be Ready for Make or Break Claim Moments

December 8, 2016 Dara Banga, president, DSB Claims

Last May, someone in remote Alberta started a wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray, took out the power grid, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, traveled 590,000 hectares to Saskatchewan, halted regional oil production, and raged for roughly three months before

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Federal government should consider emergency back-stop mechanism for catastrophic earthquake: conference board

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Conference Board of Canada is echoing a recent recommendation by a former federal superintendent of financial institutions for Ottawa to consider adopting a last-resort, emergency back-stop mechanism for a catastrophic earthquake given the long-reaching, adverse effects that the event

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Insurance rates decrease continued to moderate for third quarter in a row: Marsh

November 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The third quarter of 2016 marked the third consecutive quarter that the rate of decline for global insurance rates has moderated by weighted average, Marsh notes in its newly released Global Insurance Market Index Q3 – 2016. Pointing out that

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Fort McMurray will hit Canadian’s p&c industry financial results in 2016: A.M. Best

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Current-year financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry – which were once again strong in 2015 – are expected to take a hit in the wake of the Fort McMurray wildfire loss, notes a new report from A.M. Best.

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Altered State

November 1, 2016 Canadian Underwriter

If recent history is an indicator of future outcomes, Canada looks set on a path of annual billion-dollar (or more) losses from natural catastrophes. Should reinsurers view this as the new normal? And, if so, will treatment by reinsurers both inside and outside the country change to suit this evolving reality?

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Nat-cats contribute to decrease in net income at SCOR for first three quarters of 2016 compared to prior-year period

October 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Group net income for SCOR for the first nine months of 2016 took a hit, partly as a result of the impact of natural catastrophes, falling 11.0% to 438 million euros compared to 492 million euros for the first

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Business interruption payouts should be based on historic results even in post-disaster economy: AEIC speaker

October 11, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire will likely raise questions about the basis for business interruption (BI) insurance payouts in a post-catastrophe economy, but historic results are the best indication of what otherwise would have occurred, Emily Stock argued during the 43rd

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Alberta emergency relief funding following wildfire to end this month

October 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The emergency payment program that has helped approximately 96,000 Wood Buffalo evacuees, forced from their homes in the wake of the massive Fort McMurray wildfire this past May, is ending Oct. 31. The program – which has provided wildfire relief

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Cat bond issuance so far in 2016 down 15% compared to same period in 2015, Fort Mac reviving talk about unmodelled risks: PCS

October 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Year-to-date Cat bond issuance was down more than 15% compared to the prior-year period as a result of a usually light third quarter and a less usual quiet second quarter, notes a new report from Property Claim Services (PCS). The

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Fort Mac wildfire more than an “earnings event” for some insurers, domestic market posts $1 billion underwriting loss in H1: MSA

September 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Fort McMurray wildfire may have been an “earnings event” for the largest insurers in Canada’s property and casualty industry, but that was not the case for some smaller regional writers, notes the newly released MSA Quarterly Outlook Report for

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Change in exposure driving widening gap between insured, economic losses following disaster events

September 14, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

CALGARY – A dramatic loss scenario around disaster events is developing globally, contributing to a widening gap between insured and economic losses, Alex Kaplan, senior vice president of global partnerships for Swiss Re, suggested earlier this week during the RIMS

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Cleaning Up After the Beast

September 2, 2016 Emily Atkins, Editor

A hail of glowing embers bounces off the hood of the pickup creeping in gridlocked traffic. Headlights can’t penetrate the billows of greasy smoke swirling in a hot, heavy wind. As the camera pans, pine trees barely a car-length away