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Home telematics startup Roost closes second round of funding with investments from Desjardins Insurance and Aviva Ventures

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Roost, a U.S.-based innovator in smart home telematics for the insurance industry, announced on Wednesday it has closed its second round of funding with US$10.4 million in investments from three companies, including Desjardins Insurance. The US$10.4 million Series B funding includes strategic investments from three companies, led by Aviva Ventures, with participation from Desjardins Insurance and Fosun RZ Capital in China, noted information from Sunnyvale, Calif.-headquartered Roost. Existing investors also participated in the round, bringing total funding to date to US$17 million.…

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Artificial intelligence saw record high investments in Canada in past five years: report

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and

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43% of companies achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments: XL Catlin-sponsored survey

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in 10 companies surveyed for an XL Catlin-sponsored study have reported achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments, especially those using digital technology at all levels of operations, from supply chains and distribution networks to compliance activities

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Innovation-based disruption in personal lines insurance will drive new business models: Conning

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Technology-focused investments are pushing business model changes across industries, and insurance is not immune to these pressures, a new study by global investment management firm Conning suggested. Released on Wednesday, the study examines the changes that are underway in personal

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Insurtech funding in Q1 2017 sees 64% drop from Q1 2016 to US$283 million: Willis Towers Watson Securities

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurtech funding in the first quarter of this year saw funding volume of US$283 million, a 64% drop from the first quarter of 2016’s total of US$783 million, likely the result of “start-ups moving from fundraising to product launch stage,”

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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

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Failure to make supply chains Brexit-ready could cut key industries’ net profits an average of 30%

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

U.K. companies waiting for a clearer sense of the future under Brexit is a risky supply chain strategy that could result in net profits across key industries plummeting an average of 30%, suggests a new study released Tuesday by Bain

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U.S. mergers and acquisitions activity expected to remain steady in 2017: KPMG

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the United States is expected to remain steady in 2017 compared to the deal levels of 2016, according to a recent survey by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP. Of the 94 respondents

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Canadian insurers ‘in a tough time for investments,’ A.M. Best analysts warn

November 15, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Mergers and acquisitions in the reinsurance sector sometimes involve carriers acquiring managing general agents, while in Canada, M&As have involved insurers trying to “beef up certain parts of their enterprise,” analysts from A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested at a recent

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Net earnings for Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited US$1.3 million in 2016 Q3 compared to US$424.8 million in 2015 Q3

November 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Net losses on investment contributed to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited seeing net earnings drop to US$1.3 million in 2016 Q3 compared to US$424.8 million in 2015 Q3. The results reflect “strong operating income offset by net losses on investments,” notes