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Product innovation extending the reach of commercial insurance: Swiss Re sigma study

October 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Product development and innovation around data and data analytics has expanded the scope of insurance solutions to a wider range of threats and perils, and made risk transfer more efficient, Swiss Re said in its latest sigma study. Released on

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Fewer and less intense cat events significantly lower global economic losses to US$44 billion in H1 2017: Swiss Re

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total global economic losses from disasters were US$44 billion in the first half of 2017, down significantly from US$117 billion in H1 2016, as a result of fewer and less intense events, according to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re.

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Hannover Re, Guy Carpenter place $960 million worth of ILS transactions in three U.S. states

July 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re announced Wednesday it has completed three insurance-linked securities transactions, through Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc.’s GC Securities unit, with a total value of $960 million. All figures are in United States dollars. Hannover Re said it transferred $750

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Global premiums up in 2016, growth lower but outlook still positive: Swiss Re

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The 3.7% increase in global insurance premiums on the non-life side in 2016 was driven by expansion among the emerging countries and exceptional performance in China, although growth weakened in advanced economies, Swiss Re Institute suggests in its latest sigma

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Ontario government ‘taking lessons learned’ from Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lalonde

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s community safety and correctional services minister is calling on “everyone interested” to comment on proposed changes to the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan. The province is home to the world’s largest nuclear operating facility, Bruce Power reports on its

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”

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Canadian industry underwriting income down 81% in 2016: MSA

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had underwriting income of $484 million in 2016, down 81% from $2.554 billion in 2015, while reinsurers’ combined ratio deteriorated 30.4 points year over year, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released

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Global insured losses from disasters up 42%, economic losses almost double in 2016 over 2015: Swiss Re

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both economic and insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016 were the highest since 2012 – reversing a four-year downtrend – amounting to US$54 billion and US$175 billion, respectively, notes the latest sigma study from the Swiss

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Total economic losses from nat, man-made disasters in 2016 at least US$158 billion: Swiss Re sigma estimate

December 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters in 2016 were at least US$158 billion, 68% higher than the US$94 billion losses in 2015, according to preliminary Swiss Re sigma estimates released on Thursday. The US$158 billion estimate in total

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Total economic losses from disaster events in H1 2016 up 38% to US$71 billion, insurance industry covered 44%: Swiss Re

August 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from disaster events in the first half of the year rose by 38% to US$71 billion from the same time last year, primarily due to natural catastrophes, according to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re. Of the

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Mutual insurers seeing revival in recent years: Swiss Re sigma report

August 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Mutual insurers’ share of the overall insurance market increased from 24% of direct premiums written in 2007 to just over 26% in 2014, reversing some of the declines of previous decades, according to Swiss Re’s latest sigma report. Released on