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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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AIR Worldwide releases probabilistic crop hail model for Canada

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide has released what the catastrophe risk modelling firm calls the industry’s first crop hail model to provide stakeholders across the crop insurance value chain with a probabilistic view of the effects of hail on Canadian crops. Currently available

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The

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RMS updates North America quake models for U.S., Canada and Mexico

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RMS’s latest North America earthquake models – covering the United States, Canada, and Mexico – are designed to help company clients manage their risk accumulations with more confidence and help with underwriting a better book of business. Version 17.0 benefits

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Technological change and cyber risk overtake regulation as top risks for global insurers: study

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry’s ability to confront structural and technological changes is now the greatest risk it faces, according to a new survey of insurers and close observers of the sector, released on Tuesday. The Centre for the Study of

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Hannover Re Group net income down 2.4% to 264.8 million euros in 2017 Q1 compared to 2016 Q1

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Group net income for Hannover Re contracted to 264.8 million euros in the first quarter of 2017, but was in line with the prior-year quarter’s exceptionally good results, positioning the reinsurer well for achieving its financial targets this year. Group

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PERILS estimates property market loss for Cyclone Debbie at AU$1,116 million

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Tropical Cyclone Debbie – the initial loss estimate for which PERILS AG puts at AU$1,116 million – “underpins the need for reliable natural catastrophe insurance data for Australia,” suggests Darryl Pidcock, head of PERILS Asia-Pacific. Debbie affected the Australian states

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P&C reinsurance premiums down 17.6% for Swiss Re

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re Ltd. reported Thursday a 2.3-point increase in its first-quarter combined ratio, as the reinsurer expects more than $300 million in claims from Cyclone Debbie, which caused widespread flooding in late March in Australia. Zurich-based Swiss Re released May

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Combined ratio 100% in Q1 for Markel

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance writer Markel Corp. reported a combined ratio of 100% in the three months ending March 31, a 12-point deterioration from its combined ratio of 88% during the first quarter of last year. Glen Allen, Virginia-based Markel released April

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Combined ratio up 3.1 points for Allied World

May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, which is expected to have a new Canadian corporate parent, recently reported a 3.1-point deterioration, year over year, in its first-quarter combined ratio, nearly a month after Cyclone Debbie hit the north shore of

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Silent cyber a big issue, most companies with insurance book have exposure: AIR Worldwide’s Stransky

April 25, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Silence is decidedly not golden when it comes to cyber risk, Scott Stransky, assistant vice president and principal scientist for AIR Worldwide, suggested to Canadian Underwriter in advance of the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Silent cyber

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Swiss Re losses from Cyclone Debbie currently estimated at US$350 million

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re currently estimates its claims burden from tropical cyclone Debbie in Australia at about US$350 million, net of retrocession and before tax, while the total insured market losses associated with the event is estimated at around US$1.3 billion. The