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Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures recommends organizations provide such disclosures in public annual filings

July 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) has recommended that organizations provide such disclosures in their mainstream (public) annual financial filings, among other recommendations. TFCD released on June 29 its final report, saying that the task force “believes climate-related

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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XL Catlin opens political risk, credit and bond insurance practice in Canada

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Catlin announced on Tuesday that it has opened its first political risk, credit and bond (PRCB) practice in Canada “to address continued demand” and appointed Marvin Azzopardi as senior underwriter. “We are very excited to open our first Canada-dedicated

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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Weather risk accounts for an estimated US$56 billion in untapped wind energy asset values globally: GCube

January 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource underperformance has surpassed mechanical breakdown and component damage as the major obstacle to achieving bankable wind energy projects, GCube Underwriting Ltd. notes in a report estimating the untapped asset values of wind energy stakeholders around the world at US$56

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U.S. financial firms looking to robo-technology to complement existing service models

January 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Robo-technology is expected to be part of the mix for most polled U.S. financial firms looking to enhance their existing service models, suggest a new survey from Vestmark, Inc. Feedback was captured during a webinar last month attended by 150

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Canada’s energy, utilities sectors should beef up climate change competency: report

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies in Canada’s most carbon-intensive sectors are not demonstrating “climate competency” in the boardroom and should be doing so to address climate change issues, suggests a report this week by Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). “Investors are increasingly

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Canada becoming less attractive option for investors: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Anticipated less-than-stellar financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry in 2016 will likely contribute to the market becoming less attractive to investors and absent significant improvement, it is unlikely the current level of capital will remain in the country,

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Changing Ownership

October 4, 2016 Brenda Rose, Vice President and Partner, FCA Insurance Brokers

When developing perpetuation plans, brokerage principals need to consider financing for prospective successors. They also need to consider their brokerage experiences as well as soft skills, including positive attitude and the ability to enable and motivate producers.