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What could drive reinsurers away from some markets

December 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Reinsurance is extremely important but could get too expensive in certain areas, industry leaders said at a recent event. Some insurance companies today are “dialing up their reinsurance protection – property and cat risk in particular in the United States,”

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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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Reinsurer with Toronto office could become publicly traded

June 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Sirius International Insurance Group Ltd., which sells reinsurance in Canada through a Toronto office, will be publicly traded if a tentative merger agreement announced Monday is approved. Bermuda-based Sirius was sold in 2016 by White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. to

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Keeping Pace

December 20, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor; and Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Changes to Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry continue to keep industry players on their toes. Be it traditional matters like catastrophe losses, or emerging trends and risks for which little history is available, professionals must remain alert to how many risks can develop and how quickly they can transform.

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In the Alternative

November 29, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Losses from recent hurricanes could top US$100 billion, threatening to wipe out some Cat bonds. Still, reinsurance experts say investor support for new insurance-linked securities remains strong, with any players opting to exit the market expected to be easily replaced.

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Part of the Whole

November 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global natural catastrophe story for 2017, one that could tell the tale of the largest related losses in history, shows how interconnected each country’s reinsurance market is to the global whole. Reinsurers operating in Canada are advised that, this time around, being part of the whole may demand rethinking risk, pricing and partners.

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Cats a significant driver in Everest Re Group’s posting US$639.4 million net loss in 2017 Q3

October 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria (HIM) and the Mexico City earthquake contributed to Everest Re Group, Ltd. posting a US$639.4 million net loss for 2017 Q3 compared to net income of US$295.4 million for the prior-year quarter. For the

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Hurricanes expected to deliver 1.4 billion euro hit to Munich Re in third quarter, total tally estimated at 2.7 billion euros

October 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Exceptional major-loss expenditure related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM) are expected to result in Munich Re posting a loss of 1.4 billion euros in 2017 Q3, reducing the (re)insurer’s previously anticipated full-year profit. Emphasizing that current estimates “are

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Willis Re supports B3i blockchain insurance industry initiative

October 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Re is supporting the B3i initiative – the global blockchain effort launched last fall – by becoming a member and taking part in its prototype market testing phase. The announcement follows the successful launch of a working market testing

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A.M. Best has ‘significant concerns’ about global reinsurance industry after 2016 accident year combined ratio tops 100%

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global reinsurance market is “far from thriving” and while the Lloyd’s market “maintains an excellent business profile,” its accident year combined ratio in reinsurance exceeded 100, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a report released Tuesday. Each September, Oldwick,

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Free online offering hopes to bolster catastrophe modelling understanding

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

What has been described as the first free and neutral open online catastrophe modelling course was launched today to help those working in climate change and disaster loss mitigation, academia and insurance better understand the use of models in nat-Cat

Angela Stelmakowich, Editor
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Cat Claws

August 15, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Can a single catastrophic event turn the reinsurance market? With the influx of capital, excess capacity and competition for business  high – perhaps as high as it has ever been – is the notion that an event can right the