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83% of U.S. carriers believe leveraging smart home and IoT technology will attract new customers, improve customer relationships: study

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 80% of homeowners insurance carriers in the United States believe that smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) technology will attract new property and casualty customers and improve customer relationships, according to a new report from NTT DATA.

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Strong investment gains even out results for Ontario mutual insurers

April 3, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Financial results for Ontario mutual insurers in 2016 were better than expected, with 2016 marking the eighth consecutive year of overall profitability and seventh year in a row of underwriting profit. The aggregate results for Guarantee Fund Mutuals in 2016

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Long-term data strategy will allow for making the most of the information: OMIA’s Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Mutual insurers need a long-term plan to ensure they meet the twin goals of capitalizing on the opportunities that data offers and continue to staying true to serving customers, the head of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA) suggested Thursday.

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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Incumbent insurers should rethink businesses, embrace opportunity in digital technology: McKinsey & Company

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry is not impregnable and companies would be well-advised to reinvent themselves by incorporating digital technology and allowing it to become a catalyst, suggests a new report issued Thursday by McKinsey & Company. Some executives “know that staying

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Kingsway Financial Services Inc. posts net loss for both full-year, fourth quarter 2016

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several significant events during the fourth quarter of 2016 contributed to Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (KFS) reporting a net loss for both the quarter and the full year. For all of 2016, the company posted a loss of about US$9.4

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Companies can come to grips with cyber risk, government back-stop may be needed for certain risks: Swiss Re

March 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Concern about cyber resilience is on the rise – as are the potential costs associated with attacks – but insurers and companies should understand steps can be taken to manage the risk, suggests the latest sigma report from Swiss Re

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RSA Canada posts solid underwriting profit despite nat-Cat events in 2016

February 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

RSA Canada witnessed increased underwriting profit and a solid combined ratio for 2016 despite what can only be described as a challenging year that featured Canada’s most costly insurable nat-Cat ever and a host of other adverse weather events. “We’re

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Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. sees lower net income for 2016 full-year, Q4 over prior-year periods

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

It was a mixed bag for Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH) in the fourth quarter of 2016, with strong commercial lines results and lower personal lines results combining to contribute to a 70% drop in net income to about $2.6

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Co-operators General Insurance Company net income $128.8 million in 2016 Q4, up from $103.3 million in 2015 Q4

February 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The consolidated net income for Co-operators General Insurance Company increased for the fourth quarter of 2016 over the same quarter in 2015, but net income for 2016 decreased from 2015. The Co-operators has posted net income of $128.8 million for

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Global IoT insurance market to reach nearly US$43 billion by 2022: study

February 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global Internet of Things (IoT) insurance market is estimated to grow dramatically at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65.89% to reach US$42.76 billion by 2022 from 2016, according to a new report from Research and Markets. The

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Canadian non-life insurance market poised for 2017 profit recovery: Fitch

January 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian non-life insurance industry is likely to return to an underwriting profit in 2017, according to Fitch Ratings’ new report on the Canadian non-life insurance market. Following a significant improvement in 2015 underwriting performance, the market in aggregate will