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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks

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Munich Re operating result down in 2016 from 2015, new partnerships could answer changing client demands

March 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Munich Re is looking to set up partnerships that would previously not have been considered, the company reported this week in announcing the group operating result fell 16.5% to 4,025 million euros in 2016 compared to 4,819 million euros in

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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than

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Split Personality

March 2, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Can earthquakes be damaging? Yes. Would a severe quake have an adverse impact on
government, the economy, home and business owners and Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry? Perhaps. So, has everyone taken steps to ensure they have coverage? No.

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Captive Audience

March 1, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

There is an increased interest in using captives to cover cyber risk. With cyber risk changing so rapidly, contributing to making the risk difficult to underwrite, some industry experts expect that interest to grow.

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Berkshire Hathaway reports US$45.9 billion in insurance premiums earned for 2016, up more than US$4 billion from 2015

February 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has reported insurance premiums earned for 2016 of US$45.88 billion, up from US$41.29 billion in 2015. Omaha-Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway has also reported Insurance-underwriting operating earnings of US$548 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 ending Dec. 31,

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Co-operators General Insurance Company net income $128.8 million in 2016 Q4, up from $103.3 million in 2015 Q4

February 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The consolidated net income for Co-operators General Insurance Company increased for the fourth quarter of 2016 over the same quarter in 2015, but net income for 2016 decreased from 2015. The Co-operators has posted net income of $128.8 million for

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Reinsurers face challenging market conditions, technology to play important role: Novarica

January 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reinsurers can expect huge losses from man-made and natural catastrophes, open-ended liabilities like asbestos and terrorism, and developing creative technology solutions to become increasingly important in future, Novarica notes in a new report. The new challenges are in the wake

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Canada becoming less attractive option for investors: Cook

January 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Anticipated less-than-stellar financial results for Canada’s property and casualty industry in 2016 will likely contribute to the market becoming less attractive to investors and absent significant improvement, it is unlikely the current level of capital will remain in the country,

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2016 Q4 preliminary loss estimate for natural catastrophes US$245 million: XL Group

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group Ltd.’s insurance and reinsurance segments are almost evenly split with regard to accounting for the company’s approximately US$245 million, natural catastrophe net loss estimate for the fourth quarter of 2016. The preliminary loss estimate “is pre-tax and net

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Catastrophe bond issuance has ‘gradually tapered off:’ A.M. Best

January 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The entry of third-party capital into the reinsurance market appears to be slowing down, while demands from reinsurers “for further concessions in terms” appear to be diminishing, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested in a report released Friday. Oldwick, N.J.-based A.M.

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Record new Cat bond, ILS issuance in 2016 spurs highest-ever outstanding market size: Artemis.bm

January 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Catastrophe bonds and similarly structured insurance-linked securities (ILS) deals in 2016 propelled the market to record levels, with the approximately US$7 billion in new issuance resulting in an outstanding market size of US$26.82 billion at year-end, notes the latest edition