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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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Fitch revises Lloyd’s outlook to negative due to deterioration in underwriting performance

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings has announced that it has revised Lloyd’s of London’s outlook to negative from stable as result of “deterioration in underwriting performance, coupled with increasing exposure to catastrophe risk in the context of continuing pressure on both risk-adjusted premium

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Strongest world economic growth expected since 2010: Fitch

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The recovery in global economic growth is strengthening and is expected to pick up to 2.9% this year and peak at 3.1% in 2018, the highest rate since 2010, Fitch Ratings said on Monday in its latest Global Economic Outlook

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Central bank says no rate cut considered amid stronger growth, but notes risks

April 13, 2017 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The head of the Bank of Canada said an interest rate cut was not on the table during the central bank’s latest policy decision, but also warned of persistent risks that suggest it will not hike any time

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“New normal” may be emerging in global energy insurance markets: Willis Towers Watson

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The energy sector is still beset by some significant challenges, including low oil prices, but there may also be a “new normal” emerging in the global energy insurance market, according to global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson

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Slower consumer spending, insurtech among factors weighing on Canadian insurance firms: Conference Board

March 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Slower consumer spending on big-ticket insurable items, as well as an aging population, will weigh on the outlook for Canadian insurance firms, according the Conference Board of Canada’s first outlook for the insurance industry. Canadian Industrial Outlook: Insurance – Winter

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Credit rating upgrades outpace downgrades for U.S. P&C carriers in 2016: A.M. Best

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Credit rating activity in 2016 turned positive as upgrades outpaced downgrades for the property & casualty industry in the United States, despite headwinds that include pressure on underwriting results and the low investment yield environment, according to a new special

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Global reinsurance profits to decline on soft market conditions: Fitch

May 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurance sector profits will fall below 2015 levels this year due to increasing pressure in underwriting and investment results as well as diminishing opportunities to deploy capital, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. While the reinsurance sector

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Canadian p&c insurers should prepare for next wave of corporate M&A: Ernst & Young

April 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian property and casualty insurers should “expand risk advisory capabilities” and prepare for the “next wave” of corporate mergers and acquisitions, Ernst & Young LLP suggested in a report released Monday. In its 2016 EY Canadian property and casualty insurance