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You think the auto market is bad? Check out personal property…

October 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

The hard market is showing no signs of abating, with all provinces posting premium rate increases in personal lines in the latest quarter, according to Applied Systems’ most recent rating index. Personal property premiums increased on average by 13.6% compared

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How reinsurers benefit from the market turn

October 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

With primary insurance companies seeking higher rates since the beginning of the year, proportional reinsurance programs are benefiting directly from these rate improvements, Joseph El-Sayegh, president and CEO of SCOR Canada Reinsurance Company, told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. In proportional reinsurance,

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Why now is the time to shine for risk managers

September 24, 2019 by Adam Malik

Facing increasingly difficult market conditions means now’s the time risk managers can prove their true worth, one expert told a recent panel. Steve Pottle, director of risk management at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., said that as renewal costs

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This is what’s putting the industry ‘at a tipping point’

September 20, 2019 by Adam Malik

Technology has been great for the insurance industry. But it’s also been creating problems, specifically creating a difficult market cycle. And it’s not the only reason why one panellist at the recent RIMS Canada Conference said the industry is “at

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What’s at the heart of today’s hardening market cycle

August 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

The origin of today’s hardened market cycle is a natural evolution of a very long soft market cycle, a senior risk manager told Canadian Underwriter recently. “I really believe that we had a soft market that lasted too long,” said

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Hard market could continue beyond 2020: Insurer

July 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients hoping for some relief from price increases could be in for a disappointment. “Even with the increases that we have seen in the last two years, many lines of business are still not at acceptable pricing,” Albert Benmichol,

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How the hard market affects these risk managers

July 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

The hardening market is even affecting risk management in post-secondary institutions. One risk manager in Calgary said the challenges he is seeing are less about tightening of conditions in an insurance contract than underwriting unique exposures. The post-secondary environment has

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Why a hard market calls for soft skills

June 10, 2019 by Adam Malik

With a hard market tightening its grip on the insurance industry, brokers will need to be on their toes. They’ll be facing pushback from customers as premiums increase with little relief in sight as there are no signs of the

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Why insurers are not calling it a hard market

April 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be paying higher rates but hard market may not be the right way to describe it, speakers suggested at a recent insurance  conference. “I don’t personally know if I would call it a hard market yet. What

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Hard market? Not so fast.

January 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian insurance industry is not at the beginning of a hard market, says Phil Cook, a P&C industry consultant and CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings. “There are some commentators out there that will say we are at the beginning