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Why solvency regulator is concerned about ‘black box’ underwriting

December 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Concerned about whether “black box” underwriting methods based on artificial intelligence are good for your clients? So is Canada’s federal insurance regulator. “We get a lot of questions around AI and what are we to do about it,” said Neville

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Why your brokerage could be an attractive takeover target

December 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When private equity players are looking to buy firms they think are “recession proof” and brokerage owners reach retirement age, it’s a recipe for more mergers and acquisitions, insurance professionals heard last week at KPMG Canada’s 28th annual insurance conference.

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What to plan for when brokerages merge

November 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you manage a brokerage that has merged, don’t forget to tell every employee why the transaction took place and what the end goal is, brokerage leaders who have been through the process said Thursday. “I don’t think, in any

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When OSFI will talk to industry about draft reinsurance rules

November 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The federal insurance regulator – silent during the election campaign on proposed changes to reinsurance – plans to talk to the industry after the holidays, a senior official with the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) said

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Why risk managers need to go beyond heat maps

August 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Risk managers using colour-coded heat maps may be pressed by their bosses for more specific information on their exposures, a new risk management expert at KPMG Canada suggests. Heat maps are a way for risk managers to report risks to

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The case for scaling intelligent automation technologies

April 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

There is a direct correlation between scalability of intelligent automation (IA) technologies and financial performance, a new KPMG International study has found. Based on a survey of nearly 600 business leaders (including 100 top-level executives) across 13 countries, including Canada,

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Why Ozzy Osbourne is a factor for actuaries to consider

December 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Properly segmenting data within an “ocean” of information can make the difference between champ and chump, speakers suggested at KPMG’s recent insurance conference. “I think the biggest change that most people are grappling with is the amount of data that

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What could stop insurers from being ‘uberized’

December 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Amazon and Google may disrupt the insurance industry some day, but don’t expect either of these firms to start underwriting, suggests the head of one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers. “The Googles and Amazons of this world might

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The industry that’s shopping for cyber insurance

October 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers looking for new large cyber accounts might want to knock on doors of companies who look after other people’s money. More than half (55%) of Canadian asset managers surveyed said they intend to purchase insurance to protect themselves against

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More commercial brokerage consolidation could follow Marsh-JLT combo

September 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A US$6-billion merger between Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. and Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc could form the world’s largest commercial brokerage, and more mergers and acquisitions among commercial brokerages will likely to follow, a Canadian M&A expert suggests. Marsh

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M&A-lite: a new way to transform the business

July 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Improving distribution and exploring sophisticated technologies such as artificial intelligence are among the major reasons why insurance CEOs are looking to make deals such as mergers and acquisitions these days. But some of these objectives can be accomplished through other,

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Leading Canadian insurers ‘looking at M&A intensely’

July 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers can expect to see a major carrier consolidation deal this year, assuming the prediction of a major mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm holds true. Of the top 10 Canadian P&C insurers, “it could be expected that a few