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Why this auto insurer will stop discount for autonomous emergency braking

July 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists who purchase autonomous emergency braking systems will no longer qualify for a discount with one insurer as of October. In Nova Scotia, Aviva General Insurance Company has a 15% discount, to bodily injury and accident benefits insurance

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Look for AI to “hyper-personalize” customer experience in 3-5 years: Aviva exec

July 20, 2021 by David Gambrill

Hyper-personalization of customer experience in three to five years’ time is a big reason why the property and casualty insurance industry is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning now, an Aviva Canada tech executive suggests. “I

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Threat of adverse selection prompts auto carrier to start credit checks

July 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists who consent to a “soft” credit check from Economical Insurance will soon be eligible to get a discount on their auto premium, the province’s regulator announced Monday. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) has already

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Doubled pricing, two-year recovery predicted for cyber lines, post-COVID

July 13, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers can foresee cyber pricing doubling over the next year — and it could take up to two years after the pandemic is over before the market shows signs of softening again. “I think the price has to reflect the

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Looking for a quick D&O rebound after COVID? Don’t hold your breath….

July 9, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers looking to see directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance pricing and capacity rebound quickly after the pandemic had better not hold their breath — especially with the Canadian government now starting to pull the plug on certain COVID relief measures

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Insurer ups distracted driving from minor to major conviction

July 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists could be out of luck when they try to renew their auto insurance if they got caught more than once using a hand-held gizmo when they should be paying attention to the road. In a ruling posted

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U.K. underwriting group buys Toronto-based insurer

June 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Accelerant Holdings has entered into the Canadian market with a share purchase agreement that includes the parent company of Toronto-based Omega General Insurance Company. Accelerant is a London, U.K.-headquartered underwriting group that works exclusively with MGAs and program administrators in

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Happy 25th, WICC: The light that never goes out

June 28, 2021 by David Gambrill

Editor’s Note: This article is Part 1 of a two-part story honouring the 25th anniversary of the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC). Part 2 will appear in Canadian Underwriter‘s e-Newlsetter on Wednesday, June 30.   If Women in Insurance

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MGA simplifies purchase and validation of tenant’s insurance online

June 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Landlords often require their tenants to have insurance coverage as a condition of the leases, but it could be quite a paper chase to keep track of thousands of tenants and their insurance status. Vancouver-based insurtech and managing general agent

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How the hard market is changing commercial underwriting

June 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The ongoing hard market means underwriters are asking commercial clients more in-depth questions about their organizations’ risk management practices and culture, suggests the new CEO of the Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange. “We are very much in a hard market,”

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Forget data: The case for going with your gut instinct

June 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Data analysis may be held up as the gold standard for making sound business decisions. But a recent study suggests gut instinct — when backed up by simple decision aids — may actually be better in situations of high uncertainty.

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Where Intact sees commercial premiums heading after pandemic is over

May 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many commercial clients are “hurting” because of COVID-19, but once the pandemic is over, small businesses currently under lockdown could see their insurance rates rise, Intact Financial Corp. executives suggest. “The biggest difference between the environment in which we operate