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Behind the upcoming hard market in global reinsurance

July 6, 2022 by David Gambrill

Globally, insurance companies’ premiums are on the rise. Inflation and wartime sanctions are cited as two (among other) major factors in why global reinsurers are sliding into a harder market status as of recent July 1, 2022, renewals, according to

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Exiting the commercial hard market may be prolonged: Insurers

April 5, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s P&C insurers are exposed to historically-high inflation rates, which may prolong the hard market in commercial lines, Canada’s association of home, auto and business warns. “On the commercial side, I think this inflation is either going to prolong the

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What profit level this regulator expects of insurers

February 15, 2022 by David Gambrill

Nova Scotia’s insurance regulator has approved Intact Insurance for a small rate increase for individually rated commercial vehicles, including interurban trucks, in a decision more noteworthy for its insight into the kind of profit level the regulator expects of insurance

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What Canadian insurers paid for reinsurance in Jan. renewals

January 5, 2022 by David Gambrill

Reinsurance rate increases for catastrophes in Canadian property lines depended on whether the carriers’ portfolios took a hit last year, with 10% to 20% rate increases for catastrophe portfolios that took a loss, and 5% to 10% increases for those

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Ontario promises action to address rising commercial insurance rates, critics urge regulation

October 26, 2020 Shawn Jeffords - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Under pressure to address rising commercial insurance rates blamed on the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford promised this week to take action to stop what he called “gouging” by some companies in the sector.   Ford twice this week has

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When is hard actually hard?

March 30, 2020 By Sarah Cunningham-Scharf

Canadian brokers assess the current market in commercial lines, noting the contrast with what’s happening in personal lines

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Why A.M. Best gave the global reinsurance segment a ‘stable’ outlook

December 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that A.M. Best had changed its outlook for the global reinsurance sector from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative.’ In fact, the outlook changed to ‘Stable’ from ‘Negative.’ Canadian Underwriter apologizes for the error.

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Ontario auto insurance rates increased in last quarter of 2017

January 12, 2018 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Auto insurance rates in Ontario increased in the last quarter of 2017, putting the Liberal government further away from its promise to cut rates by 15 per cent. Fourth quarter numbers released today by the Financial Services Commission

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“Drastic action” needed to address ICBC ails, remedy hefty rate hikes

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has taken the reins to protect drivers and address mounting financial concerns at the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), including by limiting rate increases that threatened to reach double-digits. “Drastic action is needed to fix ICBC’s

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Making ICBC a co-op one option for B.C., competition must be part of any option selected: taxpayers federation

August 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has options at its disposal to address auto insurance problems in the province – ranging from leaving the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) to shuttering the insurer – but all should include reintroduction of competition, concludes a new report commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). CTF argues that “fast and furious changes” are needed in light of the “looming 30% hike to car insurance,” a figure noted in an Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) report made public last month. Among its many observations, the…

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Mobile telematics data can offer rich insights into distracted driving and impact loss trends, Insurance Analytics Canada speaker suggests

June 28, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Mobile telematics data, while sometimes providing “noisy,” or meaningless information, can also offer rich insights on distracted driving that could impact loss trends, a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the third annual Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in Toronto. Ted Gramer,

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MPI posts $3.6 million net loss for first nine months of current fiscal year

January 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has recorded a net loss for the first nine months of its fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 2016, compared to posting net earnings for the same period one year earlier. MPI saw a net loss of