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Large reinsurer to stop writing oil sands business: Memo

October 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Concerns about climate change from human-produced greenhouse gas emissions may have prompted the world’s largest property and casualty reinsurer to stop writing some business for oil sands sites, according to an unverified document obtained by Canadian Underwriter. Facultative reinsurance covers

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Munich Re not saying how many Canadian jobs may be cut as part of worldwide staff reductions

March 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Munich Re, which spent over $4 billion in 2017 for three hurricanes alone, is not saying how many jobs – if any – it is cutting in Canada. Published reports Thursday quoted Munich Re officials as saying the German reinsurer

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Was 2017 the costliest year ever for insured losses?

January 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Munich Re has confirmed what industry analysts have long speculated — the hurricane trio of Harvey, Irma and Maria made 2017 the year of the highest global insured losses ever. The final insurance bill for those three hurricanes and other

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Munich Re reports Q3 combined ratio of 160.9%, predicts 112% for full year

November 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite losing about 2.7 billion euros on three recent North Atlantic hurricanes alone, Munich Re said Thursday it is “expecting to generate a small profit” this year. Munich Re released its financial results for the period ending Sept. 30, reporting

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Hurricanes expected to deliver 1.4 billion euro hit to Munich Re in third quarter, total tally estimated at 2.7 billion euros

October 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Exceptional major-loss expenditure related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM) are expected to result in Munich Re posting a loss of 1.4 billion euros in 2017 Q3, reducing the (re)insurer’s previously anticipated full-year profit. Emphasizing that current estimates “are

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Known risks and new technology such as Hyperloop can pose challenges: Munich Re

October 18, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The combination of known risks with a new technology is challenging, Christian Höft, client manager with Munich Re, told Canadian Underwriter one day after the (re)insurer released a comprehensive risk analysis of the Hyperloop technology. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ (HTT) technology

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New high-speed transportation technology Hyperloop both “feasible and insurable”: Munich Re

October 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hyperloop technology – a form of transport in which passengers and goods travel in capsules at high speeds – is both “feasible and insurable in the medium term,” according to a new report from Munich Re. The Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

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Spurt of vegetation growth contributes to California wildfires: Munich Re

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With deadly wildfires destroying more than 3,500 properties north of San Francisco, Munich Re is warning that “prime wildfire conditions” may continue in California this winter. “Over the past decade, the United States has seen an uptick in the frequency

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Cyber attacks among polled U.S. business costing at least US$5,000

October 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seven in 10 of the surveyed U.S. businesses that experienced a cyber attack in the last year spent in excess of US$5,000 to investigate each incident, restore or replace software and hardware, and address any other consequences. However, 38% of

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A.M. Best has ‘significant concerns’ about global reinsurance industry after 2016 accident year combined ratio tops 100%

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global reinsurance market is “far from thriving” and while the Lloyd’s market “maintains an excellent business profile,” its accident year combined ratio in reinsurance exceeded 100, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a report released Tuesday. Each September, Oldwick,

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Accidental damage insurance provider ‘forced to bypass insurers,’ plans 2018 Canada launch: Executive Forum speaker

August 31, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A firm once described by its co-founder as being “on the lunatic fringe” of the insurtech market plans to provide, in Canada, insurance covering consumer items for accidental damage, loss and theft starting next year. Trov Inc., which is currently

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Greater risk of negative underwriting results for reinsurers predicted by S&P

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With property catastrophe prices dropping during the 2017 renewals, combined with natural catastrophe losses exceeding US$50 billion last year, global reinsurers are at greater risk of having negative underwriting results and will tend to “shy away” from property catastrophe business,