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It’s full steam ahead for brokerage M&A, now that the pandemic pause is over

September 18, 2020 by Jason Contant

After the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily paused brokerage mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Canada earlier this year, it appears that the deals are once again moving forward at a steady pace. The markets’ reaction to the pandemic has been very

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One thing an insurer will consider before investing in commercial surety bonds

September 17, 2020 by Jason Contant

Specific industry risk can play a major role in how much capital an insurer is willing to put forward for commercial surety bonds, a speaker said during a recent webinar. Industry risk is a “unique” underwriting consideration, Rob Dempsey, senior

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Intact’s rationale for buying this bond and marine brokerage

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp.’s latest “tuck-in” brokerage acquisition is part of its ongoing expansion effort in the United States, chief financial officer Louis Marcotte suggested Tuesday. International Bond & Marine Brokerage Ltd. of Hoboken, N.J., announced Sept. 11 it is now

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Aon exec discusses industry ‘sins’ and puts COVID claims into perspective

September 16, 2020 by Adam Malik

Riding the wave of high interest rates years ago, some P&C insurers and reinsurers overlooked their escalating combined ratios, an industry exec recently observed during a webinar. And that’s coming back to bite the industry now that the global COVID-19

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Aon’s take on the state of the Canadian P&C insurance market

September 15, 2020 by Jason Contant

The first quarter of 2020 saw a continuation and acceleration of the Canadian risk and insurance market shift that took hold in 2019, with pricing increases, withdrawn capacity in several key lines of business, tightened terms, and an increasingly rigorous

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Why water damage claims cost the industry more each year than severe weather claims

September 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

Water is the primary reason for rising commercial property claims costs and experts are putting the blame squarely on one major issue: Deteriorating infrastructure. Some industry experts say a sharp increase in water damage caused by aging and inadequate pipes

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Westland Insurance reveals its M&A strategy for the future

September 14, 2020 by Jason Contant

Fresh from closing four acquisitions in western Canada, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group plans to continue exploring opportunities in the west, as well as consider deals that would move the brokerage in a more easterly direction. Westland announced on Sept.

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What’s driving D&O rate increases for privately-held firms

September 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Lawsuits from employees alleging harassment or discrimination is one reason for significant price increases in directors’ and officers’ liability rates. In Canada, commercial brokerage Gallagher is seeing an uptick in age and gender discrimination claims and workplace harassment claims under

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How brokerage buyers are reacting to COVID market conditions

September 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Demand for Canadian property and casualty insurance brokerages remains strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, but potential brokerage purchasers are becoming more targeted in their approach, a P&C transaction advisor observed. “For most potential transactions, the list of potential purchasers has

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The next big step in accelerating real-time data exchange

September 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry intuitively understands the benefits to brokers, carriers and consumers of better connectivity — it’s a matter of getting everybody moving in the same direction, an industry veteran told Canadian Underwriter recently. “Moving data

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The key demographic noticing the industry’s technological pivot

September 9, 2020 by Adam Malik

The property and casualty insurance industry’s response following the global declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it adjusted quickly in numerous aspects, especially technology, has made the industry more attractive to new graduates, according to a recent report. While

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Why your clients aren’t feeling too good these days

September 9, 2020 by Adam Malik

Whether it’s your personal or commercial clients, neither are feeling too optimistic about their financial situation as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stress them out, a pair of recent surveys have found. But the head of the national broker association