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Swiss Re predicts record-high global insurance premiums by end of 2022

August 6, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

As the world economy steadily recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Swiss Re forecasts that global insurance premiums will reach a never-before-seen U.S.$7 trillion by the end of 2022. According to the global reinsurer’s recent World Insurance Sigma report, the pandemic

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Look back, but not too far: Why some perils need a new approach 

June 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

The insurance industry needs to look at the “more recent past” and take a shorter-term view of catastrophic perils to see their effects going forward, Swiss Re told Canadian Underwriter recently.   “When we’re looking at recent events, including the 2020

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Why Canada could be in the path of stronger hurricanes in the future

June 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada could see heightened hurricane risk in the future, as climate change and fluctuations in ocean temperature are increasing the likelihood of stronger hurricanes making landfall further north, according to Swiss Re. “We see an increased likelihood of intense hurricanes

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Monica Ningen, Swiss Re

March 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

Monica Ningen, President, CEO, Swiss Re Canada and the English Caribbean Women at all stages of their careers in the insurance industry continue to face barriers such as higher performance standards, harsher judgement for mistakes than their male counterparts, and

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Karen Gavan, Swiss Re board

March 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Karen Gavan, Swiss Re board of directors and former president, CEO of Economical Insurance To reach a leadership position in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry, women leadership hopefuls need to develop and hone their financial literacy skills, the

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Swiss Re’s new head of P&C client markets in Canada

November 16, 2020 by David Gambrill

Agis Kitsikis has been appointed as Swiss Re’s new head of P&C client markets for Canada and the English Caribbean, effective immediately. He succeeds Stefan Behr, who recently accepted the position as Swiss Re’s head of business development for Europe,

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Watch for governments to transfer financial risk from natural disasters to insurers: Swiss Re

October 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

There is growing awareness that governments can transfer the financial risk of natural disasters to both insurance and capital markets, a Swiss Re expert observes. In Asia, Africa, the United States and Britain, there are examples of national and sub-national

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The impact of Calgary’s hailstorm on North American H1 storm losses

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s costliest-ever hailstorm contributed to the largest insured losses in North America since the first half of 2011, according to preliminary natural catastrophe estimates from Swiss Re. The hailstorm that struck Calgary in June cost the industry $1.2 billion based

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The underrated factor pushing down the industry’s profitability

January 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The impact of low interest rates on insurer profitability is something that warrants more discussion, suggests a senior executive with one of the world’s largest reinsurers. “This is something that significantly impacts the profitability of the insurance and reinsurance industry,

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Mind the Gap

November 2, 2019 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The gap between those who are insured against catastrophes and those who aren’t is still noticeably wide, particularly as storms are supposed to get worse. Monica Ningen, president and CEO of Swiss Re Canada and English Caribbean, describes  what can be done.

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Twenty more years of low interest rates? What that and a recession will mean for Canadian P&C insurers

October 4, 2019 by David Gambrill

If P&C insurers are looking to use their investment returns to offset inadequate pricing strategies, Swiss Re has a chilling prediction for them – low interest rates could be with us for another 20 years or longer. Jerome Jean Haegeli,

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Where Canada’s resilience to economic shock ranks globally

September 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

The global economy now has less capacity to absorb a shock than it did in 2007 (pre-global recession), but Canada is faring well – it is the second-most economic resilient country in world, according to the Swiss Re Institute. In