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How this reinsurer views property risk in Fort McMurray

May 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some properties affected by the current flooding in Fort McMurray, Alberta, were also affected by the massive wildfire in 2016 but despite the multiple tragedies, the properties are still considered insurable. “Property in the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta is

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How the P&C industry can help move the needle on building a climate-resilient society

February 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

The clock is ticking on taking action when it comes to creating more climate-resilient homes, neighbourhoods and cities, a panel warned at a recent conference. When asked by moderator Glenn McGillivray, managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction,

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The underrated factor pushing down the industry’s profitability

January 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The impact of low interest rates on insurer profitability is something that warrants more discussion, suggests a senior executive with one of the world’s largest reinsurers. “This is something that significantly impacts the profitability of the insurance and reinsurance industry,

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Why Swiss Re says insurance profitability will remain ‘under pressure’

July 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Expect the low-interest-rate environment to continue for at least two more years, Swiss Re warned Thursday. “Insurers will continue to operate in a low-interest-rate environment for the next two years at least, meaning that industry profitability will remain under pressure,”

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Why insurers are not calling it a hard market

April 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be paying higher rates but hard market may not be the right way to describe it, speakers suggested at a recent insurance  conference. “I don’t personally know if I would call it a hard market yet. What

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Canada ‘much closer’ to national flood program: IBC

April 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is making progress on getting a national flood insurance program, but a key challenge is getting all provinces, territories and Ottawa to agree on how it should work, the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO suggested Tuesday. Unlike Britain

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Wildfire catastrophe models need improvement: Reinsurer

March 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The world’s second-largest reinsurer is looking for partners in the artificial intelligence space to help the reinsurer get a better idea of how much insured damage future wildfires could cause. Swiss Re is working with the Massachusetts Institute of technology

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New Allianz head of global liability has Canadian roots

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ciara Brady, who previously worked in Toronto for both Swiss Re and Chubb, becomes head of global liability for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty effective Jan. 1, AGCS announced Tuesday. Brady will work out of Zurich and succeed Michael Hohmann

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Will Hurricane Florence affect reinsurance rates in Canada?

September 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence – one year after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction in the country – the question of whether there is sufficient reinsurance capacity is again thrust into the spotlight.

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New CEO for Swiss Re Canada, as Scotti moves into new role

June 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Veronica Scotti, president and CEO of Swiss Re Canada, has been appointed chairperson of global partnerships for the reinsurer. Scotti has been Swiss Re Canada CEO since 2015, when she replaced Sharon Ludlow.  Scotti joined Swiss Re in London, England

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Sharing economy raises ‘broader question’ around usage-based insurance: Swiss Re

April 12, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Although mobile apps make it easier to rent rooms, some insurers have probably not considered the risks arising from short-term accommodations, speakers said Tuesday at Swiss Re’s annual breakfast meeting in Toronto. At the same time, they added, it should

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P&C reinsurance premiums down 17.6% for Swiss Re

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re Ltd. reported Thursday a 2.3-point increase in its first-quarter combined ratio, as the reinsurer expects more than $300 million in claims from Cyclone Debbie, which caused widespread flooding in late March in Australia. Zurich-based Swiss Re released May