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Louisiana pegs Tropical Storm Bill damage at US$16 million

July 14, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

The Louisiana Department of Insurance is estimating insured damage from Tropical Storm Bill at US$16 million, including claims under the federal flood insurance program.These losses are of the nature of a severe thunderstorm, rather than a tropical storm, says insurance

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2003 Hurricane Season: La Nina’s Revenge

July 1, 2003 Vikki Spencer

Insurers and reinsurers may soon find themselves caught in the “eye of the storm”, as La Nina rears its head once more, bringing in her wake predictions of increased hurricane activity. Should the Atlantic coast be hard hit this year by tropical cyclones, it would be a difficult blow for an industry trying to regain profitability. And, with even more meteorological mayhem expected for the winter season, La Nina may be a very unwelcome visitor indeed.

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European floods top cat losses in below-average year: Swiss Re

March 12, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers experienced below-average losses from catastrophes in 2002, according to a new sigma study by Swiss Re. Overall, natural and man-made losses cost p&c insurers US$13.5 billion (Cdn$19.9 billion) last year, with property losses below the long-term average since 1970.

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Natural catastrophe losses increasing dramatically: Munich Re

March 11, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

A new study from Munich Re suggests that natural catastrophe losses are on the rise, despite less-than average event totals in the last three years.“One of the main reasons for the steep increase in natural catastrophe losses observed worldwide in

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Rough 2003 ahead for reinsurers, says broker report

January 28, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

A drought in capital foreshadows a tough year ahead for reinsures, says reinsurance broker Benfield Grieg. In its report, “The Big Squeeze”, the global broker says that the flood of new capital into the market amounts to “too little, too

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Government works towards risk management program for farmers

December 5, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

In the wake of devastatingly bad conditions, both drought and flood, damaging crops this year, governments are working towards a risk management program for the agriculture industry.This week, federal, provincial and territorial agriculture departments met to review proposals on the

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Lili damage estimate at US$335 million

November 1, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. Insurance Services Office (ISO) is estimating insured damage from Hurricane Lili at US$335 million. The hurricane hit Louisiana and parts of Mississippi in early October. Lili had swept the coast of Mexico as a category 4 hurricane, but

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Toxic Mold Claims: Covering the Bases

November 1, 2002 Vikki Spence

Events in the Texas homeowners’ insurance market have sent a chill through the North American insurance industry – multi-million dollar court awards, big company withdrawals, exclusion debates. In Canada, insurers have seen the mold threat coming as they watch their U.S. counterparts struggle to keep pace with this emerging peril. And, while there is agreement that mold has the potential to hit the Canadian market just as hard, insurers are looking south to learn from the U.S. example before it becomes too late.

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Scor on watch following dismal results

October 31, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

Several ratings agencies have downgraded or placed Paris-based SCOR and its subsidiaries on watch following news the reinsurance giant would suffer big losses this year.SCOR announced it expects to lose EUR 250 million (Cdn$386 million) this year due to investment

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Lili damage estimated at US$335 million

October 18, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. Insurance Services Office (ISO) is estimating insured damage from Hurricane Lili at US$335 million. The hurricane hit Louisiana and parts of Mississippi in early October.Lili had swept the coast of Mexico as a category 4 hurricane, but was

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Early Lili estimates around $600 million: AIR update

October 4, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

An early update on Hurricane Lili’s impact on Louisiana suggests that losses with be in the billions. An alert from AIR Worldwide Corp. suggests that wind damage from the category 2 hurricane alone could reach US$600 million. The AIR tropical

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Isidore wreaks US$100 million damage on Louisiana (October 01, 2002)

October 1, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers in Louisiana will be paying out US$100 million in the wake of Tropical Storm Isidore, according to the state’s insurance regulator.Acting insurance commissioner Robert Wooley says the storm, which hit largely in the south part of the state, caused