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How Ottawa is trying to lower earthquake related property losses

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Natural Resources Canada is hoping to help insurers cut their loss costs with a yet-to-be released earthquake early warning system. The warning system could provide seconds to tens of seconds of warning before a location is affected by strong shaking,

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Wildfire damage is not like a Godzilla attack. Why that matters to Cat modellers

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A client’s structure can remain standing after a wildfire, even when other buildings in the same neighbourhood burn down, because dozens of factors affect a property’s risk, experts said Thursday during a webinar. “The interesting thing about wildfire is [that]

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Industry urged to get high-quality data into the hands of decision-makers

December 4, 2020 by Adam Malik

Getting consistent, high-quality scientific data into the hands of decision makers can protect people from the fallout of bad choices leading up to a catastrophe, such as what’s happened in Fort McMurray, Alta., a catastrophic data expert says. But it

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What historical insured catastrophe losses really mean

November 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you take a deep dive into the real cost to Canadians of insured major natural disasters, even though the methodology changed around 2008, it still shows a long-term trend of claims cost increases over nearly 40 years, industry experts

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Watch for governments to transfer financial risk from natural disasters to insurers: Swiss Re

October 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

There is growing awareness that governments can transfer the financial risk of natural disasters to both insurance and capital markets, a Swiss Re expert observes. In Asia, Africa, the United States and Britain, there are examples of national and sub-national

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Cat bonds starting to attract this type of investor

October 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Catastrophe bonds are gaining a reputation as a socially responsible investment, a CatIQ Connect speaker said Wednesday. “Investors seeking investments in the [environmental, social and governance] market are starting to classify cat bonds as a responsible investment,” said Alyson Slater,

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IBC’s solution to ‘finger-pointing’ on who should fund climate resiliency

October 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With weather catastrophes costing the industry billions, insurers are calling for a “whole of society” approach to mitigating climate risk. “Some of our insurer members have been on the vanguard of talking about climate change for many many years now.

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The tough question for insurers withdrawing coverage from coal

October 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry’s concern over carbon emissions, and their impact on climate change, raises the question of whether nuclear energy is better for the environment. “One the one hand, nuclear [energy] is a source of carbon-free power generation. On the other

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How much these four Alberta cats cost insurers in 2020

September 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Four Alberta catastrophes this year have cost insurers a grand total of about $2 billion, the Insurance Bureau of Canada confirmed this week. A hailstorm June 13, affecting mainly northeast Calgary, topped the list as it caused about $1.2 billion

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How high cat losses could go this year

August 4, 2020 by Adam Malik

Alberta has become the epicentre for cat losses this year as combined insured damage could reach, if not exceed, $2 billion in the province alone after multiple natural catastrophes have hit various regions over a four-month span. The calculations come

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P&C insurers can handle severe weather events, but for how long?

July 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Canadian property and casualty insurers should be able to manage well financially for the time being, despite currently dealing with a pandemic and the fourth-most expensive natural catastrophe in the country’s history, says global credit rating agency DBRS Morningstar. However,

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The hard part of managing wildfire risk

February 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be doing all the right things to manage their wildfire risk, but what about the property halfway down the street? “You can have four homes in a row that are perfectly maintained, just the way they are