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Feature Catastrophes

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.

Feature Reinsurance

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
Feature Markets / CoveragesReinsurance

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

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Retroactive reinsurance contracts, Ogden rate reduction produce underwriting losses for Berkshire Hathaway

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Boston-based Berkshire Hathaway Specialty insurance, which announced its entry in 2015 into the Canadian market, had a 23% increase in premiums written for the first half of 2017 versus 2016, while the Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group had liabilities for losses

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Q2 commission, fee growth flat at Willis Towers Watson

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Thursday its commissions and fees from corporate risk and broking were $624 million during the three months ending June 30, a slight drop from $627 million during the same period in 2016. “North America organic

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Fire Stopper

August 3, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The Alberta government reports it is currently implementing most of the 31 recommendations contained in two commissioned reports exploring what worked and what did not in the wake of the massive Fort McMurray wildfire. And while Canada’s most costly natural disaster ever will not necessarily change how reinsurers here conduct business, there are rumblings of its potential impact on pricing.

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XL Group Ltd. sees net income soar in 2017 Q2 over prior-year quarter, focus on executing strategy continues

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both net income attributable to common shareholders and operating net income for Bermuda-based XL Group Ltd. skyrocketed in 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2, with the former increasing six-fold to US$301.6 million. Specifically, net income attributable to common shareholders amounted