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Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. sees lower net income for 2016 full-year, Q4 over prior-year periods

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

It was a mixed bag for Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH) in the fourth quarter of 2016, with strong commercial lines results and lower personal lines results combining to contribute to a 70% drop in net income to about $2.6

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Increased cyber espionage, data integrity attacks part of global threat landscape in 2017: Stroz Friedberg

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Top cyber threats in the coming year include nation state cyber espionage, a rise in data integrity attacks and more attacks harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, notes in its 2017 Cybersecurity Predictions report. “We

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OSBIE announces refund of more than $12 million to members

September 23, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Members of the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) will receive a record-breaking premium refund of more than $12 million thanks to a concerted focus on risk management and loss control, OSBIE announced Friday. Representing 30% of OSBIE’s annual written

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Economical Insurance cites wildfire’s impact, net income drops to $17.1 million in 2016 Q2

August 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s worst-ever insured natural disaster – the Fort McMurray wildfire – delivered a hard hit to the underwriting activity of Economical Insurance, contributing to a net income in the second quarter of 2016 of about half the prior-year quarter. Economical

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Global growth in insurance premium steady, but outlook mixed: Swiss Re

July 4, 2016 Premium

Global insurance premium growth in 2015 was up to 3.8% in real terms compared to 3.5% in 2014, illustrating a steady performance, but bringing with it a mixed outlook, Swiss Re points out in its latest sigma report. Global premium

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Global, diversified players group of insurers best positioned to withstand industry’s top challenges: S&P Global Ratings

May 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Global, diversified players are the group of insurers best positioned to withstand the industry’s top challenges, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings said in a report released last week. The report, Global Multiline Insurers’ Diversification Remains A Key Strength Amid Prolonged

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B.C. agriculture ministry develops and distributes guide on hail coverage for Okanagan tree fruit growers

May 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture has developed and distributed a guide to help Okanagan tree fruit growers understand hail coverage and the claims process. Although Okanagan tree fruit growers have been experiencing ideal weather conditions this spring with reports that

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P&C industry in the U.S. marks third consecutive underwriting gain, but surplus declines on investment results: A.M. Best

May 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The property and casualty industry in the United States marked a third consecutive year of underwriting profitability, with US$6.2 billion in underwriting income in 2015, according to an A.M. Best Company special report released on Friday. However, the lower level

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U.S. insurers that lead in digital shopping channels also lead in premium growth: J.D. Power study

May 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers that lead in digital shopping channels also lead in premium growth, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study, released on Friday. Now in its 10th year, the study measures auto insurance shopping, purchase behavior and purchase