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Making ICBC a co-op one option for B.C., competition must be part of any option selected: taxpayers federation

August 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has options at its disposal to address auto insurance problems in the province – ranging from leaving the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) to shuttering the insurer – but all should include reintroduction of competition, concludes a new report commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). CTF argues that “fast and furious changes” are needed in light of the “looming 30% hike to car insurance,” a figure noted in an Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) report made public last month. Among its many observations, the…

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AGCS expands terrorism, political violence insurance offering in the U.S.

August 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is now providing bespoke coverage designed to protect U.S. businesses faced with loss related to terrorism and political violence both at home and overseas. Given the recent tragic events in Europe and Virginia, the

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Ironshore establishes computer emergency response team to help policyholders with cyber response

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New York-based Ironshore Inc. is taking steps to help manage cyber claims for all in-force policies, regardless of line, with the launch of a dedicated computer response team. Comprised of cyber claims co-ordinators representing each of the insurer’s specialty lines

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Big increase in U.K. start-ups, but insurance coverage lacking for many small businesses

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A new survey out of the U.K. shows that self-employment is racing forward, but moves by small businesses to ensure they have insurance in place to address whatever risks may arise is lagging far behind. A wider spectrum of small

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Proposed model law could beef up U.S. insurers’ cyber risk management

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New cyber-related obligations being proposed south of the border, if approved, could promote more rigorous cyber risk management practices in the U.S. insurance market, Fitch Ratings suggests. The CyberSecurity Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has

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Australian insurers welcome Senate committee call for government to rethink funding for natural disaster mitigation

August 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has welcomed a report by the Senate Economics References Committee supporting the council’s call for the federal government to invest in natural disaster mitigation and resilience, as well as back risk-based pricing. This spring, ICA

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Federal justice minister seeks to beef up blood/alcohol levels for drivers

August 8, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

OTTAWA – Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers, according to a letter she sent to her Quebec counterpart. In the correspondence to Stephanie Vallee dated on May 23, Wilson-Raybould suggests lowering

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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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Net income for Swiss Re US$1.2 billion in 2017 H1, down from about US$1.9 billion in 2016 H1

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Disciplined underwriting and strong investment returns contributed to Swiss Re recording net income of US$1.2 billion for the first half of 2017, although catastrophe claims served to reduce the total from the comparable period in 2016. Net income for Swiss

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Some seasonal small businesses have no insurance coverage heading into summer

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seasonal businesses need the same risk coverage as year-round operations and busy small business owners should ensure they are appropriately protected as the summer season kicks into high gear, advises TruShield Insurance. Pointing out that small business owners are starved

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Cyber work diagnostic tool to help foster a cyber-savvy workforce by making people the focus: Willis Towers Watson

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has launched a new cyber work diagnostic tool designed to help bolster organizational readiness by focusing on talent management, emerging skills and roles, and defining the requirements of cyber work. The idea is to combat an

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Cyber threat landscape growing, potential for emergence of destruction of service attacks: Cisco

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The potential for “destruction of service” (DeOS) attacks is greatly concerning and organizations would be well-advised to adopt a proactive cyber stance in their protection efforts to combat increasingly sophisticated attackers, warns a new report from Cisco. “Cyber incidents such