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hurricane lenny/1999

Strong Winds are Blowing

January 1, 2000 Paul Kovacs, executive director of the Institute for Catastrophi

With the 1999 hurricane season recently closing with the last minute arrival of Hurricane Lenny causing considerably and unexpected damage in the Caribbean, the timing of the recently jointly held Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Insurance Bureau of

Products Shipped Under JIT/Quick Response ProgramsTrend in small shipment size, more frequent shipments

Commercial Risk Under JIT

January 1, 2000 by Canadian Underwriter

The “just-in-time” (JIT) efficiency supply process has over recent years become more than just a popular fad among manufacturers, it has become an engraved business philosophy having produced significant operating savings to companies. However, when evaluating commercial coverages, insurers need to carefully weigh up all the risk factors associated with JIT.

source: fema

Irene bookends expensive cat quarter

November 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Irene, which moved from the Caribbean into southwest Florida with winds gusting at 75 miles an hour, dumped more than 18 inches of rain and caused widespread flooding in mid-October. The damage inflicted by Irene to the U.S. eastern

Franklin, Virginia under six feet of Hurricane Floyd flood water. Photo by Liz Roll/ FEMA News Photo.

U.S. insurers hit by Floyd

October 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

U.S. property and casualty insurers will pay homeowners and businesses an estimated $1.3 billion for insured property damage caused by Hurricane Floyd, according to preliminary calculations by the Insurance Services Office Inc. Hurricane Floyd hit 16 states, from Florida to


U.S. Reinsurance Market PRICING STABILIZES

September 1, 1999 Sean Mooney, senior vice president at Guy Carpenter & Company In

Following a lengthy period of stagnation, pricing within the U.S. reinsurance market seems to have stabilized, with even some evidence in the market of rate increases. However, until the market’s excess capacity is depleted, buyers of reinsurance will continue to enjoy the benefits of highly competitive pricing.


Canada absorbs cat, U.S. takes steps

September 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Foods that hit New Brunswick and Nova Scotia the week of July 26 have formed one of the largest insured losses to hit Atlantic Canada this decade. Close to 900 claims have been submitted to date and insurers predict damages


Extreme Perils

June 1, 1999 Sean van Zyl, Editor

Natural disasters such as extreme weather, a volcanic eruption or an earthquake, are often quaintly referred to in the insurance world as “Acts of God”, adverse events which are seemingly unexplainable or beyond man’s control. Noticeably, the economic and insurance


Modeling risk, or maybe not…

June 1, 1999 Sean van Zyl, Editor

With the rising trend of North American natural catastrophe losses, a great deal of attention is being turned to the development of computer simulated cat risk programs. Cat risk models are hardly a new technological advancement for the insurance industry,

Growth in net written Premiums% increase in net written premiumsSources: A.M. Best. Projections by Guy Carpenter.

U.S. Insurance Market Outlook

April 1, 1999 Sean Mooney, senior vice president at Guy Carpenter & Company In

Forecasting the U.S. insurance industry in recent years has been a rear view mirror exercise. The rate of growth in the industry has been in the same 2% to 3% range and profitability indicators have shown little change from year


Transatlantic reports record 1998

April 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Global reinsurer Transatlantic Holdings Inc. has reported record net income earnings for 1998, up 33.4% from 1997’s US$185.5 million to 1998’s $247.5 million. Net income diluted on a common share basis rose $1.76 from 1997’s $5.34 to 1998’s $7.10. Record


New Year’s weather hit

March 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

The snowstorm which almost buried Toronto for the first two weeks of the new year is expected to cost insurers roughly $50 million, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates. Around 115cm of snow fell on Toronto with heavy accumulations


Ice Storm Lessons learnt

February 1, 1999 Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss

At the time, it captivated Canadians across the country and even today is at the top of book best seller lists. The raw power of nature displayed by the ice storm which paralyzed south eastern Ontario, Quebec and parts of