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Greater risk of negative underwriting results for reinsurers predicted by S&P

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With property catastrophe prices dropping during the 2017 renewals, combined with natural catastrophe losses exceeding US$50 billion last year, global reinsurers are at greater risk of having negative underwriting results and will tend to “shy away” from property catastrophe business,

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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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XL Group Ltd. sees net income soar in 2017 Q2 over prior-year quarter, focus on executing strategy continues

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both net income attributable to common shareholders and operating net income for Bermuda-based XL Group Ltd. skyrocketed in 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2, with the former increasing six-fold to US$301.6 million. Specifically, net income attributable to common shareholders amounted

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Catastrophe losses contribute to decrease in 2017 Q2 net income for Travelers

July 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Solid net investment income was not enough to offset higher catastrophe losses and lower underlying underwriting gains, contributing to the Travelers Companies, Inc. witnessing lower net income for 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2. Net income was US$595 million for

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Beazley launches environmental coverage in Canada

July 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Beazley has launched its local environmental coverage in Canada with a product suite tailored to the specific market. The suite includes the ECLIPSE (fixed site) form, the ENVIRO (contractors’ pollution legal liability) form and the BeazleyOne (combined) form. Limits are

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Extreme cloud attack could pack as much of a cost wallop as Hurricane Sandy

July 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A malicious hack that fells a cloud service provider for a time has the potential to produce estimated economic losses of as much as US$53 billion, in line with the hit delivered by Superstorm Sandy, suggests a new research scenario

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Insurance Analytics Canada Summit speaker explains how brokerage caters to ‘need for speed demographic’

July 3, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

There are “all sorts of insights” that an insurance brokerage can get from customer data, but that data needs to be trustworthy, the head of an online commercial insurance brokerage told attendees at a recent conference. “If you don’t have

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Fitch revises Lloyd’s outlook to negative due to deterioration in underwriting performance

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings has announced that it has revised Lloyd’s of London’s outlook to negative from stable as result of “deterioration in underwriting performance, coupled with increasing exposure to catastrophe risk in the context of continuing pressure on both risk-adjusted premium

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Incremental disruption in insurance industry “like death by a thousand cuts”: Insurance Analytics Canada speaker

June 30, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry has been very incremental in dealing with disruption and needs a drastic shift from historical analysis to predictive, future risk models, a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the Insurance Analytics Canada Summit. “You cannot disrupt with incrementalism,”

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Customers in driver’s seat, geared up for experimenting with insurance offerings: webinar

June 29, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Customers want to be in the driver’s seat and, increasingly, that is something insurance providers should want as well, Ellen Carney, principal analyst for e-business and channel strategy at U.S.-based research and advisory firm Forrester, suggested during a Centre for

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AIR Worldwide releases probabilistic crop hail model for Canada

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide has released what the catastrophe risk modelling firm calls the industry’s first crop hail model to provide stakeholders across the crop insurance value chain with a probabilistic view of the effects of hail on Canadian crops. Currently available

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The Bitfury Group and Risk Cooperative partner to pioneer blockchain applications in insurance intermediation market

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Blockchain technology company The Bitfury Group and risk and insurance advisory firm Risk Cooperative have announced a strategic partnership to pioneer blockchain applications in the US$60 billion insurance intermediation market. Announced on Friday, the partnership will leverage Bitfury’s expertise in