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Lessons learned from ‘the toughest Cat season’

March 2, 2021 by Adam Malik

The COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult at times for insurers to work through natural catastrophes, said a Wawanesa executive during a recent web conference. But they’ve learned a few lessons because of it. As Cats stormed through Alberta to the

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Cat counter starts the year at $134 million for winter storms

February 19, 2021 by David Gambrill

For the Canadian P&C insurance industry, Cat activity roared in like a lion in January, but has looked more like a kitten since then. Two winter storms in Western Canada caused more than $134 million in insured damage, based on

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Will NatCats cause your business clients to leave hot spots?

February 1, 2021 by Adam Malik

After going through a wildfire and multiple flooding events over the last few years, it’s reasonable to believe that businesses are re-thinking about being in Fort McMurray, Alta., says a Canadian P&C insurance executive. The executive’s comment applies to more

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P&C insurers can handle severe weather events, but for how long?

July 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Canadian property and casualty insurers should be able to manage well financially for the time being, despite currently dealing with a pandemic and the fourth-most expensive natural catastrophe in the country’s history, says global credit rating agency DBRS Morningstar. However,

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Natural disaster recovery: Who owns the risk?

January 31, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians are not fully aware of their exposure to natural catastrophe risks, triggering a conversation at the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa about who is responsible for shouldering the heavy load of mounting disaster recovery costs. Organized by Catastrophe Indices

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North American commercial insurance buyers likely to face rate increases in 2018: Willis Towers Watson

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance buyers in North America are likely to face rate increases for 2018 insurance programs as the industry continues to tally losses following one of the most “active and financially disruptive hurricane seasons in history,” according to Willis Towers

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Global reinsurers’ first-half 2017 results reflect pricing pressure, consolidation expected: Fitch

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurers’ first half 2017 results provide further evidence of continuing pressure on pricing and earnings, Fitch Ratings said in a report released on Monday. “Intense competition among global reinsurers and the abundance of capital invested in the sector mean

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Cat Claws

August 15, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Can a single catastrophic event turn the reinsurance market? With the influx of capital, excess capacity and competition for business  high – perhaps as high as it has ever been – is the notion that an event can right the

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Nat cat insured losses total US$19.5 billion for first six months of 2017: Munich Re

July 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Four of the five costliest natural catastrophes, measured by insured losses, during the first half of this year, occurred in the United States, while four of the five deadliest events occurred in Asia, Munich Re announced. Munich Re released Tuesday

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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Resource risk top concern for wind energy sector: GCube Underwriting

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource risk has surpassed mechanical and electrical breakdown to become the number one potential source of financial losses for onshore wind energy developers, owners and operators globally, suggests a new report from GCube Underwriting Ltd. Despite continued development and improvement

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Confusion, frustration common to BI claims can be lessened: RIMS survey

April 26, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Quantifying business interruption losses continues to be a big challenge, reported by almost six in 10 RIMS members taking part in a recent survey, but a well-conceived approach by risk managers can help to clear any hurdles. “By