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Moody’s ups California wildfire estimate to US$2.5 billion

November 13, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Rating agency Moody’s predicts insured losses stemming from the wildfires that raged through Southern California this fall will be in the US$2.5 billion-US$3.5 billion range.Nonetheless, Moody’s does not expect the fires to materially impact the ratings or the overall outlook

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Hurricane Juan damage pegged at $85 million

November 7, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Damage in the wake of Hurricane Juan in Nova Scotia and PEI will cost insurers more than $85 million, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).In Nova Scotia, property damage is estimated at $76.5 million, with PEI hitting $5.7 million.

Andr Fredette, senior vice president of CCR Canada
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Reinsurance Strategies 2003: Signs of Recovery

November 1, 2003 Vikki Spencer

For an industry that was on the brink of disaster less than a year ago, reinsurers can take pride in the financial turnaround seen thus far for 2003. But, CEOs offering their insights to CU’s annual yearend treaty outlook are

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Canadian Risk Managers: Change in the Air

November 1, 2003 Vikki Spencer

Three years ago, risk managers were focused on how to promote their profession. Now, for better or worse, risk management is center stage. But, what will risk managers do with their newfound fame? At this year’s RIMS Canada conference, risk managers “took the bull by the horns” and talked about how to make the most out of the intense pressure they are currently under, to finally advance the cause of enterprise risk management in their organizations.

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Fitch predicts California blazes could be worst ever

October 31, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Rating agency Fitch says the wildfires that continue to rage in areas of California could amount to the worst insured loss ever from wildfires. This means the damage would have to top US$1.7 billion (US$2.2 billion in 2003 dollars), the

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U.S. cat losses hit US$2.9 billion in Q3

October 15, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

U.S. catastrophe losses for the third quarter 2003 have risen a whopping 300% over the same period last year, says the Property Claim Services (PCS) unit of the Insurance Services Office (ISO). In the three-month period, cat losses hit US$2.9

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Hurricane Juan claims trickle in

October 2, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian p&c insurers are bracing for significant claims in the wake of Hurricane Juan, which took its toll on Nova Scotia and PEI earlier this week.Insurers are just now looking at their exposures, with two companies making formal statements about

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Without power, telephones, damage from Hurricane Juan hard to assess

October 1, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

As most of Halifax continued on Tuesday to be without power and telephones, it is difficult to assess just how much insurers may be paying out in the aftermath of Hurricane Juan.Juan hit the Halifax-Dartmouth area late Sunday, killing at

A beach house in Kitty Hawk, NC, is knocked off its moorings by Hurricane Isabel
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Hurricanes Devastate Canadian and U.S. East Coast

October 1, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

The east coasts of Canada and the U.S. both felt the lash of Mother Nature with hurricanes in the form of Isabel and Juan causing widespread damage over a short period of time. In Canada, Hurricane Juan slammed into Nova

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Mid-Sized Commercial Brokers: Holding the Line

October 1, 2003 Craig Harris

Brokers serving the bigger Canadian commercial risk pool outside of the mega international corporations say that rising insurance industry profitability has not softened the tough approach of insurers to pricing, terms and availability of coverage. But, with many commercial clients across the corporate earnings spectrum suffering through their third consecutive year of premium increases, there is acknowledgement by insurers of growing “market rate fatigue”, brokers add, which is bringing about a slow softening to the pricing of property risks with even a few new underwriters looking to venture into the broader commercial marketplace.

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Moody’s predicts $8.3 billion profit for Lloyd’s

September 26, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

The London market of Lloyd’s could post profits as high as $8.3 billion (3.7 billion pounds) for 2002 and 2003, says Moody’s Investor Service. This follows a loss of $4.7 billion (2.1 billion pounds) in 2001.Moody’s says 2002 should produce

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Risk modeling supports Isabel loss estimate

September 23, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Risk modeling by Risk Management Solutions (RMS) supports the early loss estimate for Hurricane Isabel of up to US$1 billion for U.S. insurers. The Insurance Information Institute (III) said the total could reach that mark last Friday.RMS says wind-related claims