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Property losses from catastrophes are getting worse

January 15, 2020

Carriers who take an integrated and transparent approach are best equipped to help clients proactively mitigate growing property exposures. Increasing...

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Weathering Winter Weather Risks

January 14, 2020

Before more freezing weather, heavy snow or ice arrives this winter, now is the time for business owners to prepare and reduce their risk of property damage...

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True Tales of the Data Breach Hotline

January 14, 2020

A cyber breach can strike panic and lead to rushed decisions, but these on-call claim professionals helped to achieve happy endings for clients at their...

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2019's Top Cyber Risks: Finding solutions in vulnerability

December 16, 2019

Fourteen seconds. That was the prediction in 2017 on how often a business would endure a cyberattack by 2019. By October 2019, however, the actual figure...

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Savvy global travelers have a trained eye on Political Risk

December 03, 2019

The next time your travels find you in a foreign country, look around. Chances are you will find clues to that country’s political and credit risks. Because...

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Where there's smoke there's environmental exposure

December 02, 2019

The combustion triangle is fairly easy to understand. A fire needs only three things present to burn: Oxygen, Heat and Fuel. Beyond that, the equation...

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Small Business Owners: IoT is Key to Better Property Risk Management

November 04, 2019

Insurance and risk management are changing. Thanks to advances in technology, the focus today has shifted more toward preventing losses instead of just...

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Let's Talk: environmental liability

July 02, 2019

How has the market for environmental liability insurance changed over the course of your career? The environmental market has changed considerably over...

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Property Perspectives: Helping businesses make the right moves insuring commercial property

June 13, 2019

Mark Flanagan is a Master, in more ways than one. First off, Mark is a designated Master-level chess player and the Bermuda Chess Champion for 2018. ...

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Advances in Artificial Intelligence Are Benefiting Property Risk Engineering

February 26, 2019

Businesses today can readily access massive volumes of increasingly precise data from a widening variety of sources. For Property risk engineers, this...

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Fighting sprinklered fires

February 22, 2019

An early morning 911 call alerted the fire department of smoke coming from a large warehouse storing used auto parts. When the fire fighters arrived, they...

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Property Perspectives: Providing premier property protection

January 02, 2019

Unlike many who stumble into the insurance industry ‘by accident,’ Joe Moylan set his sights on a career in insurance right from the start. Now, as Northeast...

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Insuring property in the state of extremes

August 02, 2018

Someone once said ‘California only has two kinds of weather -- magnificent and unusual.’ Billy Volz, Regional Underwriting Leader for XL Catlin’s West...

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5 Ways to keep flood waters out of your business

April 23, 2018

The 2017 hurricane season produced 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes — six of those major hurricanes, including the first two major hurricanes,...

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Building codes: Necessary but sufficient?

February 05, 2018

It’s a common scenario in my line of work.I inspect a client’s facilities – in this case, a newly constructed 2,000 square meter (sqm) warehouse for electronic...

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Solar Panels: A New Challenge for Firefighters

January 19, 2018

About half a million new solar panels are installed every day.That’s not surprising given that the cost of a solar panel has been falling by about 10 percent...

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Public/private partnerships offer advantages for political, credit risks

December 20, 2017

Political risk and credit insurers are living in interesting times. On one hand, global risk and volatility have never seemed more prevalent. On the other,...

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Hurricane Andrew @ 25: Insuring More Resilient Property

August 10, 2017

Even today, 25 years later, Hurricane Andrew ranks as the fourth most expensive hurricane in US history. When it made landfall in 1992, it was the costliest...

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Redeveloping the Urban Core

July 24, 2017

By the end of 2015, the millennial population (individuals aged 18-34) reached 75.4 million, surpassing the Baby Boomer population of 74.9 million.1 That...

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Lessons in Environmental Claims

April 04, 2017

The earth and everything found on it is made up of chemical substances. Basic things that are essential to our survival and an integral part of everyday...

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Building a global programme for construction

March 02, 2017

First published in  Commercial Risk Europe.After a period of contraction following the economic crisis of 2008, the Spanish construction industry is once...

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Cleared for Take-Off: Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Construction

October 31, 2016

What is a “drone” and why do I need one?”Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or “drones” are revolutionary tools changing the way construction companies do business—a...

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Vapor intrusion increasing environmental risks

May 18, 2016

Heightened attention to environmental impairment and human health risks caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through vapor migration is increasing...

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On Our Radar: Drones

March 18, 2016

The number of drones taking to the skies is unprecedented. The global consumer market topped $720 million in 2014 and is expected to double in 2015. In...

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Every Business’ Nightmare – Violence in the Workplace

January 29, 2016

In August 1986, a 44-year old part-time letter carrier from Edmond, Oklahoma was reprimanded after a heated argument with two supervisors. At approximately...

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Ready for Joaquin

October 02, 2015

Everyone is still speculating which path Hurricane Joaquin will take.  But many businesses, including XL Catlin, are not taking any chances and are preparing...

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Outlawed: Flaming Foam

July 29, 2015

Purely as a thermal insulator, polystyrene foam outranks every other building material. In addition to its inherent thermal properties, it can be sprayed...

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Clean vs. Dirty: knowing how to do the right thing in urban redevelopment

January 20, 2015

What is Urban Fill? There are numerous Federal, State, and local definitions for urban or historic fill depending on the property location and regulatory...

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Public Private Partnerships

December 10, 2014

Historical Investment XL Group’s article “Restoring Europe’s Aged and Stressed Infrastructure” addresses the urgent need for infrastructure investment:...

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Managing a Risky Mission

September 16, 2013

In June, the city of Alameda, California got bigger. The city regained control of 1,380 acres of bay-front land that it had formerly turned over to the...

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