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Marijuana impairment-related losses could potentially trigger GL policies: RIMS speaker

September 27, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurers would be well-advised to track the evolving marijuana risk to determine if impairment-related loss history could trigger defence and indemnification obligations under employers’ general liability policies, it was suggested Tuesday during a session at the RIMS Canada Conference in

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Standard would help enhance flood resilience of new communities: report

September 26, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Research out of the University of Waterloo recommends a Canadian standard for new flood-resilient residential communities, one that employs almost two dozen best practices, be developed to bolster protection and reduce water-related losses. Requiring that new homes not be built

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“Drastic action” needed to address ICBC ails, remedy hefty rate hikes

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has taken the reins to protect drivers and address mounting financial concerns at the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), including by limiting rate increases that threatened to reach double-digits. “Drastic action is needed to fix ICBC’s

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Free online offering hopes to bolster catastrophe modelling understanding

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

What has been described as the first free and neutral open online catastrophe modelling course was launched today to help those working in climate change and disaster loss mitigation, academia and insurance better understand the use of models in nat-Cat

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AGCS expands terrorism, political violence insurance offering in the U.S.

August 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is now providing bespoke coverage designed to protect U.S. businesses faced with loss related to terrorism and political violence both at home and overseas. Given the recent tragic events in Europe and Virginia, the

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Big increase in U.K. start-ups, but insurance coverage lacking for many small businesses

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A new survey out of the U.K. shows that self-employment is racing forward, but moves by small businesses to ensure they have insurance in place to address whatever risks may arise is lagging far behind. A wider spectrum of small

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Web applications the soft underbelly of organizations: Alert Logic report

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Web applications are the soft underbelly of organizations, including in the financial services and insurance sectors, with injection-style attacks leading the pack, a new report from Alert Logic has found. Alert Logic, a provider of security and compliance solutions for

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80% of polled Canadians not properly insuring belongings when moving to new homes

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Eight of 10 Canadians taking part in a survey from Square One Insurance Services Inc. report not properly insuring their belongings while moving to their new homes. With more than 300,000 Canadians moving to new homes in different provinces each

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Australian insurers welcome Senate committee call for government to rethink funding for natural disaster mitigation

August 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has welcomed a report by the Senate Economics References Committee supporting the council’s call for the federal government to invest in natural disaster mitigation and resilience, as well as back risk-based pricing. This spring, ICA

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U.S. p&c industry’s reserve adequacy relatively stable in 2016, auto takes hit: Conning

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The reserve adequacy of the property and casualty industry south of the border was relatively stable last year, with 2016 marking the 11th consecutive year of favourable development from prior-accident years, Conning notes in a study issued this week. “The

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Net income for Swiss Re US$1.2 billion in 2017 H1, down from about US$1.9 billion in 2016 H1

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Disciplined underwriting and strong investment returns contributed to Swiss Re recording net income of US$1.2 billion for the first half of 2017, although catastrophe claims served to reduce the total from the comparable period in 2016. Net income for Swiss

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July 28, 2017 Robert Lajdziak, Insurance Business Consultant, Insurance Practice; and Valerie Monet Senior Director, Insurance Practice, J.D. Power

The lack of policy coverage understanding by consumers represents a major threat to home insurers’ reputations. Educating consumers now, in advance of damaging perils like flooding, could
encourage policyholder understanding and discourage dissatisfaction with insurers should such an event occur.