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Insurance and reinsurance industries should pay more attention to “black swan” events: CIFF speaker

May 25, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance and reinsurance industry would benefit from paying more attention to “black swan” events, those which are “not anticipated and probably not modelled,” a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the Canadian Insurance Financial Forum (CIFF). “When you look back

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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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Soft pricing in global reinsurance market to continue for at least the rest of 2017: Fitch

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue for at least the rest of 2017, ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report released Monday. “We expect premium rates to continue declining, due to large volumes of under-deployed

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PERILS estimates property market loss for Cyclone Debbie at AU$1,116 million

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Tropical Cyclone Debbie – the initial loss estimate for which PERILS AG puts at AU$1,116 million – “underpins the need for reliable natural catastrophe insurance data for Australia,” suggests Darryl Pidcock, head of PERILS Asia-Pacific. Debbie affected the Australian states

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P&C reinsurance premiums down 17.6% for Swiss Re

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re Ltd. reported Thursday a 2.3-point increase in its first-quarter combined ratio, as the reinsurer expects more than $300 million in claims from Cyclone Debbie, which caused widespread flooding in late March in Australia. Zurich-based Swiss Re released May

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No public-private flood coverage model a ‘lift and shift directly to Canada:’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP

April 28, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Britain’s Flood Re program provides an “analogy for Canada” in insuring high-risk flood zones, while more research is needed to fully understand the economic impact of climate change, speakers suggested at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s recent Financial Affairs Symposium. Balz

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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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Swiss Re losses from Cyclone Debbie currently estimated at US$350 million

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re currently estimates its claims burden from tropical cyclone Debbie in Australia at about US$350 million, net of retrocession and before tax, while the total insured market losses associated with the event is estimated at around US$1.3 billion. The

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Encouraging signs around insurance awareness on a global scale: Swiss Re’s Ojeisekhoba

April 5, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Much remains to be done to bolster awareness, availability and take-up of p&c insurance on a global scale, but there are encouraging signs in play that may be further advanced by use of technology, Moses Ojeisekhoba, chief executive officer, reinsurance

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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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Volcanic eruption could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, new Swiss Re model says

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from volcanic eruptions could cost large cities up to US$30 billion, according to a new volcano model from Swiss Re. Calling it the “world’s first global volcano model,” the probabilistic model assesses risk in the case of

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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than