Tag Archives: insurance

IFRS17: More snakes than ladders for property & casualty insurers?

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On first sight, the requirements of the new IFRS17 global accounting standard that will come into effect on January 1, 2021, appeared none too daunting for property and casualty (P&C) insurers. In general, such insurers appeared pretty relaxed, even nonchalant, … Continue reading →

Three tips for senior managers seeking to avoid reputational damage

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A theme to which I often return is the extent to which there is scope for divergence of interest between individuals and their employers, especially in the context of regulatory investigations. For more, see my blog, Supreme Court victory for … Continue reading →

Don’t let your actuaries sit on the bench on IFRS17

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IFRS17 may be an accounting standard, but getting ready for it requires serious actuarial input. The January 1, 2021 live date for the new international insurance accounting standard, IFRS17, is somewhat deceptive. The reality is that, due to the need … Continue reading →

Avoid these 4 pitfalls to favorably resolve challenging environmental claims

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From obtaining a carrier’s consent before incurring costs, to a straightforward late claims notice, making an environmental insurance claim can be fraught with hazards. All can be avoided with early, accurate information. The most important test of environmental insurance comes … Continue reading →

Insights from the Willis Re Flood Club: the weaknesses and strengths of flood modelling

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When industry experts gathered to consider the state of flood modelling, they discovered a disconnect between theory and reality that can leave insurers under some expensive water. So what’s next for modelling approaches? Insurers are worried about their flood exposure. … Continue reading →

There are four million U.K. companies, but how many buy D&O insurance?

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At the end of March 2018, the number of companies on the total register of U.K. companies surpassed four million for the first time ever, reaching 4,033,355. Although the number on the effective register (i.e. companies not in dissolution or … Continue reading →

Reimagining the role of insurance underwriters

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Far from usurping the role of underwriters in insurance, digital innovation, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) could help free them up to focus on activities that can generate additional revenue and profits. Digital transformation continues to drive profound change within … Continue reading →

5 professional liability pitfalls every contractor should look out for when taking on a Design and Build project

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Design and Build (D&B) contracting blurs the long-standing, traditional lines between designers and builders. With the continuing integration of these services comes increased professional liability (PL) risks for the design-builder — that’s not only responsible for the construction, but also … Continue reading →

Does public policy prevent recovery for fraud under Delaware law?

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An interesting recent Directors and Officers (D&O) decision of the Delaware Court challenges the tacit assumption that public policy necessarily prevents recovery from insurers in cases where fraud and deliberate misconduct is alleged. The case concerns an action brought by … Continue reading →

Unbundling insurance components under IFRS 17: when is a contract not a contract?

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With the countdown to the implementation of the new global insurance accounting standard – IFRS 17 – well and truly on, insurers are (or should be) trying to understand what changes they’ll need to make to comply. In getting into … Continue reading →