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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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U.S. P&C industry sustains favourable rating activity in H1 2017: A.M. Best

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Credit rating activity for the United States’ property and casualty industry in the first half of 2017 was favourable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades, A.M. Best Company reported on Thursday. Nearly one-third of the 2017 upgrades were driven by “increased parental

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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,

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Global premiums up in 2016, growth lower but outlook still positive: Swiss Re

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The 3.7% increase in global insurance premiums on the non-life side in 2016 was driven by expansion among the emerging countries and exceptional performance in China, although growth weakened in advanced economies, Swiss Re Institute suggests in its latest sigma

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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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43% of companies achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments: XL Catlin-sponsored survey

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in 10 companies surveyed for an XL Catlin-sponsored study have reported achieving positive outcomes from digital transformation investments, especially those using digital technology at all levels of operations, from supply chains and distribution networks to compliance activities

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Soft pricing in global reinsurance market to continue for at least the rest of 2017: Fitch

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue for at least the rest of 2017, ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report released Monday. “We expect premium rates to continue declining, due to large volumes of under-deployed

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161 companies have exited Canadian P&C market in past 20 years, 96% voluntarily: PACICC

April 13, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Over the past 20 years, 161 different insurance companies have exited the Canadian P&C market, 96% of which were voluntary exits, according to a new report from the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC). The report, the 11th in

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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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Global reinsurer capital up by 5% to US$595 billion as of year-end 2016: Aon Benfield

April 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurer capital rose by 5% to US$595 billion at Dec. 31, 2016, according to the latest edition of the Aon Benfield Aggregate (ABA) report. The report, released on Tuesday, highlights trends in property and casualty reinsurance through the analysis

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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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A.M. Best maintains global reinsurance sector outlook at negative

December 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A.M. Best Company is holding its outlook for the global reinsurance sector at negative, citing the continued market challenges that will hinder the potential for positive rating actions over time and may eventually translate into negative rating pressures. The Best’s