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Hub continues U.S. expansion

May 9, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Broker network Hub International Ltd. has announced its second acquisition in the past two weeks, with the purchase of Lyman Insurance Agency Inc. and Conly-Lyman Insurance Agency Inc.The Wilmington-based agencies were purchased by “hub” brokerage C.J. McCarthy to expand the

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Western to buy back shares, expands in Alberta

May 4, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta-based Western Financial Group Inc. (TSX: WES) says it will make a bid to repurchase shares and debentures through the Toronto exchange.The company will buy back up to 918,265 of its common shares, or 5% of the outstanding and issued

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Hub profits up 8% in first quarter

April 29, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Broker network Hub International (NYSE/TSX: HBG) posted net income up 8% in the first quarter 2004, to US$9.6 million, compared with US$8.9 million in the first quarter of 2003.This is dispute a US$1.7 million after-tax write-off following the company’s move

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Loyalist completes turnaround for profitable 2003

April 29, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

After successive quarters in the red, and following a restructuring process, The Loyalist Insurance Group (TSX Venture: LOY) has posted a profit for 2003 of $185,000. Although modest, the income comes against a lost of almost $3.9 million for 2002.Results

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Hub brokerage amongst those subpoenaed in New York broker probe (April 28, 2004)

April 28, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International’s Kaye Insurance Associates Inc. is amongst a group of brokerages who are being asked to provide information to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as part of a probe into contingent commissions.Also receiving subpoenas thus far are Marsh,

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Hub buys Washington construction specialty broker

April 27, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International Ltd. has established its 11th “hub”, this time in the Pacific Northwest U.S., with the purchase of Seattle, Washington-based Bush, Cotton & Scott, LLC. The brokerage specializes in general insurance and surety bonding for construction firms in Washington,

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Pafco becomes stand-alone company

April 26, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Former Pembridge brand Pafco has received a federal charter to operate as a stand-alone company, although it will continue to target the high-risk or non-standard auto market as before. Pafco has also applied for provincial licenses in Ontario, New Brunswick

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B.C. brokers to offer insurance premium financing vehicle

April 25, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) says its members will offer a new premium financing program to small businesses through a partnership with Scotiabank and technology firm GHR Systems Inc.IBABC executive director says the move is a response to

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CIAB survey shows reduced commercial risk pricing for 1-Q

April 20, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The latest quarterly market index produced by the U.S.-based The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) suggests that pricing of commercial business either declined or remained flat across the various size segments of the marketplace during the first quarter

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Royal & SunAlliance boost broker contracts in New Brunswick

April 20, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Royal & SunAlliance Canada Group has appointed four new brokerages to its book in northern part of New Brunswick. The insurer says it will look at expanding overall capacity in the province’s auto insurance market based on the product cost-cutting

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N.B. brokers want competitive market

April 13, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Reacting to the release of New Brunswick’s Select Committee Report on Public Automobile Insurance, the province’s brokers say they want to keep competition for their consumers.The Insurance Brokers Association of New Brunswick (IBANB) is critical of the committee’s report, saying

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CCIR releases “referral agreement” feedback

April 8, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR), coming off their spring meetings, has released feedback on the January discussion paper on referral agreements. Among the respondents is the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO), which outlined its policy on referral