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New index measures quarterly premium rate trends in Canadian personal lines

May 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

Applied Systems has released its Applied Rating Index, measuring the quarterly premium rate trends being experienced by consumers, brokerages and insurers across the Canadian market. Stephane Lacasse, vice president of product management for Canada and rating products with Applied, told

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Why Intact is prepared to lose market share in personal auto

March 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer is prepared to lose market share on auto in order to improve its bottom line, company officials said Monday. “We have been and continue to be prepared to lose market share in order to

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Why Intact plans to raise auto insurance premiums

February 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. plans to apply nation-wide for rate increases in personal auto, a move to improve the firm’s profitability in personal auto insurance. “In terms of additional rate actions in 2018, we are expecting a further 5% [increase] in

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Auto personal accident loss ratio up for fourth year in a row in Canada: A.M. Best

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The auto personal accident loss ratio in Canada “remains a concern,” with Canadian auto insurers being affected by distracted driving and rising repair costs, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested in a recent report. In 2016, ratings firm A.M. Best said

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Economical reports 12.8% increase in gross written premiums in Q2 2017, 8.3 point increase in combined ratio to 112.8%

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance reported a 12.8% increase in gross written premiums (GWP) in the second quarter of 2017 to $660.6 million, driven by strong personal lines growth, including contributions from Sonnet and Petline. “While we generated significant growth in gross written

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Intact has yet to see ‘full impact’ of 2016 change to Ontario auto catastrophic impairment criteria

August 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

It has been more than a year since Ontario changed its criteria for catastrophic impairment and reduced the mandatory coverage for accident benefits, but the “long tail profile” of accident benefits claims means the Ontario reforms “have not fully been

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U.S. P&C insurance industry’s net income drops 42.2% to US$7.7 billion in Q1 2017

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The private property and casualty insurance industry in the United States saw its net income after taxes drop to US$7.7 billion in the first quarter of 2017 from US$13.4 billion in Q1 2016, a 42.2% decline, according to ISO, a

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Travelers reports combined ratio of 96% for Q1, net income of US$617 million

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has reported a combined ratio of 96% for the first quarter of 2017, up 3.7 points from 92.3% in the first quarter of last year. Net income for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31

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Economical Insurance gross written premiums up 4.8% in Q4 2016 to $521.8 million

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance has reported that gross written premiums (GWP) for the fourth quarter of 2016 ending Dec. 31 grew by $23.8 million, or 4.8%, to $521.8 million from $498 million in Q4 2015. In particular, personal lines premiums grew by

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A.M. Best projects combined ratio of 100.3% for U.S. industry in 2017

January 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The industry-wide combined ratio of the United States property & casualty insurance industry is estimated to have deteriorated by 2.4 points to 100.7% in 2016, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a recent report. The decline in underwriting performance “was

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First nine months of 2016 ‘disappointing’ for Canadian P&C industry: Intact president

January 25, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Brokers should expect personal automobile insurance to be “much more difficult” for their carriers, while a new definition of catastrophic impairment in Ontario was the most important change the province made effective June, 2016, the president of Intact Insurance suggested

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U.S. personal auto industry showing signs of weakening underwriting and operating ratios: A.M. Best

December 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The personal automobile insurance industry in the United States is exhibiting signs of weakening underwriting and operating results, mainly driven by rising loss ratios, according to a new A.M. Best special report. A.M. Best reached this conclusion in its report,