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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

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Why Swiss Re says insurance profitability will remain ‘under pressure’

July 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Expect the low-interest-rate environment to continue for at least two more years, Swiss Re warned Thursday. “Insurers will continue to operate in a low-interest-rate environment for the next two years at least, meaning that industry profitability will remain under pressure,”

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Why insurers are not calling it a hard market

April 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be paying higher rates but hard market may not be the right way to describe it, speakers suggested at a recent insurance  conference. “I don’t personally know if I would call it a hard market yet. What

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Canada ‘much closer’ to national flood program: IBC

April 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is making progress on getting a national flood insurance program, but a key challenge is getting all provinces, territories and Ottawa to agree on how it should work, the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO suggested Tuesday. Unlike Britain

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New Allianz head of global liability has Canadian roots

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ciara Brady, who previously worked in Toronto for both Swiss Re and Chubb, becomes head of global liability for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty effective Jan. 1, AGCS announced Tuesday. Brady will work out of Zurich and succeed Michael Hohmann

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This reinsurer says rates need to go up

September 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

Underwriting margins will need to improve by at least six to nine points in major western markets to deliver sustainable returns, according to the latest sigma report from global reinsurer Swiss Re. The report Profitability in non-life insurance: mind the

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The new threat facing Fort McMurray (and other parts of Western Canada)

June 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

With hundreds of claims from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire still unresolved as of late last month, Alberta residents could be forgiven for still worrying about wildfire risks in their own backyard. The Canadian Press recently reported that as of