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Reinsurance Association of America calls for increased competition in U.S. flood insurance

June 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Reinsurance Association of America is calling on the U.S. government to encourage private-sector insurers to compete with the National Flood Insurance Program, which is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. NFIP was created in 1968. A property cannot qualify for

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36% of polled Canadian firms have no cyber security insurance: FICO

June 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than a third of surveyed Canadian firms do not have cyber security insurance, a concerning situation made worse by an incomplete understanding of how premiums are priced and failure to do everything possible to guard against breaches, FICO notes.

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Boyd Group Income Fund to acquire collision repair company Assured Automotive for $193.6 million

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Boyd Group Income Fund (BGIF) is looking to cement the Boyd Group’s position as a leading provider of collision repair services in Canada with the announcement it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and business of

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Cyber insurance policies expected to become more similar in next few years: CIFF speaker

May 26, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A lot more convergence in cyber insurance policies is expected within the next few years as policies, exclusions and wording get tested and case law develops, John Elbl suggested Wednesday during a panel discussion at MSA Research Inc.’s Canadian Insurance

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Resource risk top concern for wind energy sector: GCube Underwriting

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource risk has surpassed mechanical and electrical breakdown to become the number one potential source of financial losses for onshore wind energy developers, owners and operators globally, suggests a new report from GCube Underwriting Ltd. Despite continued development and improvement

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Global cyber attacks expected to up demand for related insurance, U.S. market could grow 10-fold: Fitch Ratings

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings expects demand for cyber insurance protection will increase in the wake of the slew of recent ransomware cyber attacks in 150-plus countries, but cautions against aggressive expansion that could prove credit-negative. “Growth in corporate anxiety from cyber-related threats

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Clear, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy needed: Toronto alliance

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Development of a consistently implemented, policy-driven Canadian fintech strategy focused on fostering innovation is essential and strengthening the fintech ecosystem in the Toronto area should be seen as an imperative for the country’s financial services sector and governments, contends the

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PERILS estimates property market loss for Cyclone Debbie at AU$1,116 million

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Tropical Cyclone Debbie – the initial loss estimate for which PERILS AG puts at AU$1,116 million – “underpins the need for reliable natural catastrophe insurance data for Australia,” suggests Darryl Pidcock, head of PERILS Asia-Pacific. Debbie affected the Australian states

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Reaching Out

May 3, 2017 The CIP Society - Insurance Institute of Canada

Suppose a change in regulation affects many of a broker’s clients. How much effort should brokers expend on notifying insureds of potential coverage gaps?

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No public-private flood coverage model a ‘lift and shift directly to Canada:’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP

April 28, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Britain’s Flood Re program provides an “analogy for Canada” in insuring high-risk flood zones, while more research is needed to fully understand the economic impact of climate change, speakers suggested at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s recent Financial Affairs Symposium. Balz

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Silent cyber a big issue, most companies with insurance book have exposure: AIR Worldwide’s Stransky

April 25, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Silence is decidedly not golden when it comes to cyber risk, Scott Stransky, assistant vice president and principal scientist for AIR Worldwide, suggested to Canadian Underwriter in advance of the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Silent cyber

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Investments to fight cyber breaches must include technology, people and risk transfer: WTW cyber head

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Considering human risk is essential when determining how best to combat data breaches and associated costs, but the human element is routinely overshadowed by technology in organizational efforts to bolster cyber security, says Anthony Dagostino, global head of