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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

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Insurer profitability, broker expertise key drivers of customer satisfaction in large commercial insurers in Canada and U.S.: J.D. Power study

December 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The key variables driving overall commercial insurance customer satisfaction in Canada and the United States are insurer profitability and broker expertise, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Large Commercial Insurance Study. The survey, which provides an “independent and objective” measure

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U.S. insurance broker profitability to persist in 2017, be supplemented by organic revenue growth: Fitch

December 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings expects insurance broker earnings and revenue south of the border to likely to modestly improve in 2017 compared to the first nine months of 2016. “In 2017, Fitch expects brokers will continue to supplement organic revenue growth through

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Fitch changes U.S. P&C insurance industry outlook to negative from stable

November 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings has changed the fundamental sector outlook for the United States property and casualty insurance industry to negative from stable, reflecting recent declines in profitability and anticipated further earnings deterioration in 2017 due to more competitive market conditions. Fitch

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Zurich Insurance announces plans to position itself for future, new profitability targets

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Zurich Insurance Group plans to build on customer relationships, simplify the business and significantly reduce costs as part of its renewed focus on increasing business profitability and delivering high-quality earnings over the 2017-2019 period, the global insurer announced Thursday. “In

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Weakening reinsurance environment leaving more reinsurers vulnerable to takeover in 2017: Fitch

September 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Weak profitability is likely to leave more reinsurers worldwide vulnerable to takeover in 2017, reinvigorating mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity as healthier firms seek growth and efficiency savings, Fitch Ratings said on Monday. Consolidation in the sector has stalled after

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North American P&C insurers’ operating profitability declines in first half of 2016: Fitch

August 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

North American property and casualty insurers’ operating earnings decreased in the first half of 2016, as results were challenged by modest underwriting deterioration and low investment yields, according to a new report released on Friday by Fitch Ratings. For a

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Managing General Agent channel continues growth at rate exceeding P&C market: Conning

July 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Managing General Agent (MGA) market has continued to grow at a rate exceeding that of the property-casualty market overall, according to a new study by Conning, Inc., a Hartford, Conn.-based global investment management firm. “In our analysis of the MGA

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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