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Why insurance is the worst investment

August 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Is insurance a good investment? No, according to one risk manager. “I believe that insurance is the worst investment you can make,” said Stéphane Cossette, senior director of risk management with Quebecor Media Inc. in Montreal. “I actually tell people

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Travelers reports lower net, core income in 2017 Q3 than in 2016 Q3

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A US$700 million pre-tax hit for catastrophe losses in 2017 Q3 contributed to Travelers Companies, Inc. seeing both its net income and core income drop compared to the prior-year quarter. The U.S. insurer’s net income amounted to US$293 million for

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Integrating disaster risk, resilience into broader systems key to unlocking climate adaptation abilities

October 13, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A systemic disconnect between material natural disaster risk, asset valuation and infrastructure investment demands that disaster risk and resilience be integrated into broader financial, accounting and reporting systems, David Greenall, senior director of sustainable business solutions for PwC Canada, told

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A.M. Best reports spike in Canadian investment in U.S. insurance market

September 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

There is a “growing interest” among Canadian property and casualty insurers in the United States market, while on this side of the border, Aviva plc has became the Number 2 P&C insurer in Canada and the loss ratio in Canadian

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U.S. protectionist trade sentiments top challenge cited by polled Canadian businesses, but optimism about Canadian economy way up: survey

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Protectionist trade sentiments south of the border top the list of challenges facing the Canadian economy, a concern identified by almost a quarter of the 516 business leaders taking part in a new survey released Tuesday by Chartered Professional Accountants

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Hub International purchases “certain assets” of Quebec surety broker

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub International Limited announced on Monday that Hub Quebec has purchased “certain assets” from Patrice Varin, through a corporation held by him. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Varin will join Hub Quebec, bringing with him a

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Q2 commission, fee growth flat at Willis Towers Watson

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Thursday its commissions and fees from corporate risk and broking were $624 million during the three months ending June 30, a slight drop from $627 million during the same period in 2016. “North America organic

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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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Applying blockchain technology could slash US$40 billion in costs for financial services: BIS Research

July 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Implementing blockchain technology could produce hefty cost savings in the billions of dollars annually for the financial services market, suggests a new report released Friday by Minnesota-based BIS Research. Characterizing blockchain as a revolutionary development, its application “could lead to

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Bank of Canada raises interest rate to 0.75% from 0.5%

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Bank of Canada announced on Wednesday that it has raised its interest rate for the first time in seven years, to 0.75% from 0.5%. “Recent data have bolstered the Bank’s confidence in its outlook for above-potential growth and the

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Some CEOs, enterprises missing the boat on mobile technology: SOTI study

July 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Efforts to manage mobile transformation continues to be a struggle for some interviewed enterprises, with almost a third reporting they are not investing in mobile technology, notes a new study released Thursday by SOTI Inc. Commissioned by SOTI and conducted

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More data-based use cases likely offers greater shot at success for insurers exploring connected insurance: expert

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The greatest value to insurance industry players and their customers will likely not be realized without expanding the number of data-based use cases, Matteo Carbone, founder and director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, recently suggested. “Connected insurance is about gathering