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Why A.M. Best gave the global reinsurance segment a ‘stable’ outlook

December 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that A.M. Best had changed its outlook for the global reinsurance sector from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative.’ In fact, the outlook changed to ‘Stable’ from ‘Negative.’ Canadian Underwriter apologizes for the error.

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Insurer pushing for new auto fraud laws

December 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A major insurer is calling for new laws prohibiting various forms of auto insurance fraud in Ontario. “As an industry we need a new set of provincial offences that will allow for the efficient and effective prosecution of fraud,” said

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B.C. brokerage fined $20,000 for flouting rules for entry-level brokers

November 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

Park Georgia Insurance Agencies, a full-service brokerage in B.C., has been fined $20,000 for allowing 36 of its Level 1 general insurance agents to sell insurance outside of the brokerage on a full-commission basis and without supervision, contrary to the

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Flood watches in effect for British Columbia

November 27, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Drenching rain that has deluged British Columbia’s south coast since Sunday night should begin to relent over the next 24 hours, although Environment Canada says another 40 millimetres of precipitation is expected across parts of the region by

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The single most important factor to successful AI adoption

November 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

The key to rebranding as an artificial intelligence (AI) company is tapping into an “ultra-specialized talent pool” with a deep understanding of the field, says the chief science officer at Royal Bank of Canada. “It’s impossible to overstate the importance

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The Top 3 risk concerns for Canadian executives

November 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Business executives in Canada and the United States say economic risk (21%) is their primary concern, followed closely by cyber risk (20%) and technology risk (16%). CNA Hardy released its first global Risk and Confidence Survey Monday. While over two-thirds

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Storm gives Newfoundland ‘an awful beating’

November 15, 2018 By Holly McKenzie-Sutter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A ferocious storm is pounding much of Newfoundland and Labrador with powerful winds, blowing snow and surging waves, in what Environment Canada said was the largest storm in the world as of Thursday afternoon. “The shore

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Brokers, do your auto insurers cover HST on capped benefits?

November 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers placing Ontario auto coverage should ask insurers whether they are including sales tax when they calculate caps on benefits, a lawyer told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ontario consumers must pay 13% Harmonized Sales Tax on many goods and services. Some

News Technology

Three ways to improve document management

November 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers moving towards a paperless office should watch how much time their staff spend scanning documents. “There is a big difference between scanning for personal use and scanning for business,” said Steve Oblin, senior marketing manager for Fujitsu Canada Inc.’s

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What Intact likes about proposed bill on territorial ratings

November 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canada’s largest insurer is supportive of one element of a private member’s bill that would rescind an Ontario regulatory bulletin that sets limits on territorial rating factors. Bill 42, the Ending Discrimination in Automobile Insurance Act, was tabled Oct. 15

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Insurance without the carrier coming soon

November 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A blockchain-based business insurance model that could see non-regulated investors as the capital providers is coming sooner that you think, although it may not necessarily arrive in Canada in the short term, predicts an executive who has led two major

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Brokers give performance-based pay a thumbs-up

November 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

This story is one in a series reporting on the results of 2018 National Broker Survey, conducted by Canadian Underwriter. The survey of more than 800 P&C brokers nationally was designed to identify the success strategies of both producers and principals. Find other instalments in the