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What is needed as more P&C brokerages move into employee benefits

September 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

With more and more property and casualty insurance brokerages moving into the employee benefits (EB) space, there is a need to have an integrated technology solution, tech vendor Applied Systems said recently. “We know our P&C customers are moving further

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How technology is addressing ‘broken offline processes’ and broker pain points

August 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Creating a “digital round trip” for all players in the insurance ecosystem – from broker to technology vendor to consumer – has really been catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to remote working, the CEO of tech vendor

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All major commercial lines seeing average premium renewal increases, report says

August 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s hard market in commercial P&C is showing no signs of letting up, with all major lines seeing average premium renewal rate increases in the second quarter of 2021. “Overall, the magnitude of rate increases across all segments included in

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Brokerages accelerating digital transformation in face of COVID-19

August 4, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

COVID-19 has “forced” companies in Canada and the U.S. to accelerate digital transformation efforts, and property and casualty brokerages are no exception. According to Ernst & Young (EY), this sudden accelerated digitization has been “forced” on Canadian companies “in ways

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Personal auto renewal rates continue downward trend, but homeowners’ rates up: Applied

July 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average personal auto premium renewal rates in Canada continued their downward trend in the second quarter of 2021, while personal property (homeowners) renewal rates remained up over the same period, according to Applied Systems’ latest premium rate index. In Q2

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How commercial premium renewal rates are trending in Canada

April 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian commercial line renewal rates increased at a slower pace across all major lines in Q1 2021 compared to one year ago, according to the latest commercial premium rate index from tech vendor Applied Systems. Overall, the magnitude of rate

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COVID’s effect on Canadian auto and property rates

April 22, 2021 by Jason Contant

Endorsements to auto policies as a result of changing driving habits from COVID-19 are resulting in average premium rate renewal decreases across most of the country, according to Applied Systems’ latest rating index report. Personal property rates, on the other

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Canadian auto and property insurance rates headed in opposite directions

February 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average personal auto premium rates in Canada decreased 2.6% in 2020 Q4 compared to the same period in 2019, but some provinces did see an increase, according to the latest results from Applied Systems’ premium rate index. On average, both

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What adopted technology will stick around after the pandemic?

May 6, 2020 by Adam Malik

Now that many insurance professionals have been successful working from home, plenty of technologies they are using now are expected to stick around even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, according to a number of P&C experts. “The tools we’re using

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How brokerages can avoid the ‘single point of failure’ while workforce is at home

April 30, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokerages need to make sure they’re investing in technology that benefits the brokerage as a whole rather than promoting a silo-type of environment, Steve Whitelaw, vice president of industry and partner relations at Applied Systems, cautioned in a webinar recently.

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Will the pandemic spawn an industry-wide digital roadmap?

April 23, 2020 by Adam Malik

Backing brokers into a corner and forcing them to use just one kind of technology is bad strategy, Joseph Carnevale, president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO), warned Wednesday during Canadian Underwriter’s webinar Business Continuity In The Digital

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Five pillars of brokerage digital transformation

October 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

More Canadian brokerages are moving towards a fully digital experience as consumer expectations are driving demand for faster, more efficient service, a broker management system (BMS) provider said Monday. “More brokers are moving to a completely connected experience from internal