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Your commercial client’s biggest exposure in 2018

January 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Business interruption will be the top risk for companies in Canada this year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) Allianz Risk Barometer 2018. “Business interruption (BI) can be a consequence of many of the other risks identified in

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Why cat bonds, ILS are depressing reinsurance rates

January 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite last year’s devastating hurricanes, investors are happy to keep shovelling money into cat bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS), which in turn are making reinsurers think twice about hiking rates. The catastrophe bond and ILS markets have “grown hugely over

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Which insurers were hit hardest by the third-quarter hurricanes?

January 15, 2018 by David Gambrill

Which (re)insurers absorbed the bulk of the insured damages when Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ripped through the Caribbean and continental United States in 2017 Q3? A.M. Best compiled a list of 41 insurers and reinsurers who paid out more

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Guess how much a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in eastern Canada could cost insurers?

January 15, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada.

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Was 2017 the costliest year ever for insured losses?

January 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Munich Re has confirmed what industry analysts have long speculated — the hurricane trio of Harvey, Irma and Maria made 2017 the year of the highest global insured losses ever. The final insurance bill for those three hurricanes and other

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2017 cat bond issuance reaches record levels

January 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Catastrophe bond issuance in 2017 reached record levels, including in Canada, as insurers and reinsurers sponsored approximately US$10.5 billion in cat bonds. According to data from the Artemis.bm Deal Directory, there was more than US$10.5 billion in issuance last year,

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2018 Outlook: Lynn Oldfield, President, CEO, AIG Canada

January 2, 2018 Lynn Oldfield

As chair of the board of the Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC), I see graduating insurance professionals who are educated, committed, and inspiring. Their sacrifice and determination in completing their Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP)

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2018 Outlook: Sean Murphy, President, Lloyd’s Canada

January 2, 2018 Sean Murphy

Most people in the industry anticipate a hardening of the market in 2018, the aftermath of an historic year of natural catastrophes. Some of the first signs of rising rates in the Canadian P&C industry are already starting to emerge.

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Eastern Canadian earthquake risk a “huge opportunity” for industry

December 21, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Complacency about real risks, such as an earthquake affecting Eastern Canada, present a “huge opportunity” for insurance providers to educate consumers, a former Economical Insurance CEO said Monday. “Human beings really don’t like thinking about the bad things that could

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Will nat cats increase product pricing in Canada?

November 28, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Increases in natural catastrophes and the price of reinsurance could also drive up the price of insurance products in Canada, the federal financial regulator said Tuesday. “Our concern is in the longer run, we’ll see increases in the price of

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Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills over 350

November 13, 2017 Nasser Karimi and Amir Vahdat - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TEHRAN, Iran – A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 350 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria make it “critical” to address shortcomings of NFIP: A.M. Best

November 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The United States National Flood Insurance Program – which expires next month – “remains essential and has a purpose,” A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a recent report. But without billions in relief provided in a law passed Oct. 26,