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Insurance industry must work to reduce protection gap, burden on governments

October 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry needs to capitalize on its unique risk understanding to reduce the financial burden on governments in light of “the daunting scale of the protection gap,” Nick Frankland, CEO of EMEA operations for Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC,

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Hurricane Matthew damage significant, but manageable, for U.S. insurers: A.M. Best

October 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Most insurance carriers rated by A.M. Best have sufficient capital and appropriate reinsurance programs to effectively absorb Hurricane Matthew losses, notes a new briefing from the rating agency. That being the case, A.M. Best reports it does not anticipate a

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Cat bond issuance so far in 2016 down 15% compared to same period in 2015, Fort Mac reviving talk about unmodelled risks: PCS

October 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Year-to-date Cat bond issuance was down more than 15% compared to the prior-year period as a result of a usually light third quarter and a less usual quiet second quarter, notes a new report from Property Claim Services (PCS). The

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Reinsurance cession ratio across global P&C industry registers small rise for first time in several years: Aon Benfield

September 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Reinsurance demand has increased over the past 18 months, with the cession ratio across the global property and casualty insurance industry registering a small rise for the first time in several years, according to Aon Benfield’s September 2016 edition of

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Looking Ahead

September 2, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

With property and casualty reinsurance prices showing few signs that downward pressure is ending any time soon, traditional reinsurance looks to be a real bargain for carriers hoping to protect their balance sheets and prepare themselves for future catastrophes. Forward-looking carriers are also recognizing that cost-effective reinsurance can help secure their future profitability.

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AIG reaches agreement to sell United Guaranty Corporation to Arch Capital for US$3.4 billion

August 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its 100% interest in United Guaranty Corporation (UGC) to Arch Capital Group Ltd. for US$3.4 billion, a move in line with AIG’s continuing efforts to streamline operations and better

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Hannover Re sees dip in net income, lower gross written premiums for 2016 H1 compared to 2015 H1

August 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re saw net income fall 8.6% to 486.1 million euros for the first half of 2016 from 531.9 million euros in the prior-year half, but remains confident the company is on track to achieve its full-year target of at

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Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group’s £36.2 million profit for 2016 H1 half of prior-year period: interim results

July 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Collaboration among its Specialty operations around the world is driving organic revenue growth for Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), but the £36.2 million in profit for the first half of 2016 is half the £77.7 million for the same

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Endurance’s estimated financial impact of several Cat events in 2016 Q2, including Alberta wildfires, is US$55.5 million

July 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Bermuda-based Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. reported Thursday that the company’s initial estimated net negative financial impact of several catastrophic events in 2016 Q2, including the wildfires in Alberta, is US$55.5 million. The events included in the initial estimate include the

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Persisting low interest rates, regulatory cost concerns expected to result in lower returns: U.S. insurers

July 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

About three-quarters of polled insurers south of the border “have lowered their target return-on-equity expectations to 10% or lower,” notes a new special report released Thursday by A.M. Best. The lowered expectations are “a reflection of highly competitive market conditions

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XL Group’s preliminary loss estimate for nat-Cats in 2016 Q2 US$240 million, Fort Mac wildfires largest loss

July 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Group plc’s preliminary net loss estimate relating to natural catastrophes – including the largest single loss from the Alberta wildfires – is US$240 million for the second quarter of 2016, the company announced Wednesday. This estimate – pretax and

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Non-life catastrophe bond issuance hits US$2.8 billion: WCMA

July 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Market issuance of non-life catastrophe bonds for the first half of the year amounted to US$2.8 billion, with six transactions in the second quarter accounting for US$1 billion of capacity, notes a report from Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA).