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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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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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Cyber attacks on campus

August 20, 2019

Cyber attack, espionage, and ransomware aren’t part of the curriculum; they are the threats that colleges and universities face as more sophisticated cyber...

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Wellington boots, suncream, insurance: how risk transfer helps make festivals happen

August 19, 2019

Festival season is in full swing in the UK. And whether you were soaking up Stormzy, The Cure and Kylie at Glastonbury, or if your taste runs more to literary...

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Commercial bonds ensure good things happen

July 22, 2019

One of the most famous lines in film is, “My name is Bond. James Bond.” Audiences accustomed to seeing the stylish spy dashing in to save the day might...

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Cities held for ransom: Why are public entities easy targets for cyber crime?

July 09, 2019

In May 2019, Baltimore found itself fighting off cyber crime – a ransomware attack that hit the city – the second known cyber attack in 14 months. Business...

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In & Out: Loaning Works of Art

June 07, 2019

An increase in the number of exhibitions in recent years has meant that more art works are on display. This is great news for art aficionados, who get...

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Can blockchain help art underwriters?

April 25, 2019

We all know the importance of giving and receiving flowers. More than two million roses are produced each year for Valentine’s Day alone. Last year, however,...

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A Passion to Protect: the issue that unites all collectors

April 24, 2019

How do you define a collector? As a single-minded acquirer of niche artefacts? An aesthetic connoisseur of rarefied beauty? Or a dispassionate student...

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The beautiful game and the British weather; the risk and insurance view

April 09, 2019

On any given weekend during the football season, it is a familiar sight to see pitches across the UK filled with amateur players of all abilities united...

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Let's Talk: Risks and resources in Canada

April 04, 2019

What is AXA XL’s outlook for business growth in Canada? Uhlmann: We see a lot of potential growth in Canada. With a gross domestic product approaching...

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Safety in art transport packed with the utmost care and without the slightest damage

March 05, 2019

In early February 1748, Baron Heinrich Jakob Häckel sent a small painting depicting the holy family in a landscape setting, plus a copperplate print of...

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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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Insuring the intangible

December 21, 2018

Valuable assets, indistinct risksWhether it’s proprietary algorithms, massive data sets or intricate global supply chains, intangible assets are critically...

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Property Perspectives: Preparing Southeast businesses for the unexpected in NatCat

November 29, 2018

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season has been somewhat out of the ordinary.  AXA XL’s Mike Smith couldn’t agree more.  As Southeast Regional Underwriting...

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Re-emphasizing storytelling in American Art

November 26, 2018

Art and artists evolve, introducing new movements through differing approaches. One such movement is figurative art.  According to the Tate Gallery, figurative...

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Collectors - who are they and how do we support them?

November 13, 2018

Who are collectors today?Philippe Bouchet: Essentially, collectors are people who are passionate – and that’s always been the case. During the Renaissance...

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How to Keep Ahead of Evolving Fine Art and Specie Risks

October 06, 2018

Fine art and specie is a class of insurance available to clients across sectors and in countries around the world. Graham Hawkins, global chief underwriting...

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Lights, camera, insurance: risk transfer for the movie business

September 11, 2018

Films are big business; global box office revenue is predicted to reach $50 billion in 2020. As with any large, global business, making films involve myriad,...

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Halt hail from hurting your profits

August 06, 2018

US hailstorms in June 2018 could cost insurers more than $3 billion according to the latest catastrophe report released by Aon P.L.C.’s Impact Forecasting...

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Specie insurance: A valuable form of coverage

August 03, 2018

An important but lesser-known niche of the global insurance industry is specie insurance. This specialized form of coverage is essentially about protecting...

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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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Ensuring the Fun Factor

July 31, 2018

Last year, Jack Reynolds from Chesterfield celebrated his birthday by riding a rollercoaster. Not so unusual, you might think, but great-grandfather Jack...

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When the going gets tough the tough do risk management

June 12, 2018

There’s an ultramarathon race in Tennessee so tough that only 15 people have completed it within the time limit since it began back in 1986. The way to...

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Don't let a storm blow away your profits this hurricane season

May 30, 2018

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was a hyperactive, deadly, and extremely destructive season, featuring 17 named storms, ranking it as the most expensive...

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Tales of the Unexpected: Rare Book Risk Management

April 24, 2018

This April sees a fun day for bookworms. April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day, a United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-backed...

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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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Doing good is growing more dangerous: Why NGOs are stepping up their threat protection

March 14, 2018

In January 2018, in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, armed attackers stormed the offices of Save the Children, an international non-governmental...

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For art in transit, using specialists is a smart move

March 02, 2018

From museum exhibitions to the everyday business of art dealers, works of fine art are frequently in transit. Without proper care, art inventory in motion...

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How to make the most of an art fair: expert tips from a Fine Art underwriter

February 04, 2018

Whether you are an art enthusiast, a seasoned collector or a professional art dealer, art fairs offer an opportunity to explore new trends, to network...

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Something everyone loves: Panda bears!

December 22, 2017

Maybe it’s the adorable round face with contrasting black eyes and ears. Or their gentle demeanor. Or their decidedly laid back lifestyle.It’s hard to...

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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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It’s time to think about fine watch insurance

December 07, 2017

Collecting rare and valuable watches is a hobby that is growing in popularity. And the insurance market is developing alongside it. While watches used...

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Protecting complex property under turbulent conditions

November 21, 2017

The 2017 hurricane season is already unlike any other in recorded history.  While that might rattle some property insurance underwriters, it does not unnerve...

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It's all about the pace: Using Rapid Results Initiatives to drive business and social change

August 16, 2017

The Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) approach is a proven method and part of our culture of getting things done at XL Catlin, and for good reason.  They...

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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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Let's Talk: The Art of Underwriting

August 08, 2017

Fine art and collectibles require a specialist insurance approach. Museums, private collectors and corporations all require coverage for their valuable,...

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Political risk insurance aids global infrastructure spending

August 01, 2017

In the volatile world of political risk, short-term crises can sometimes prevent much needed long-term investments.As a Risk Manager for XL Catlin’s Political...

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Increasing ocean literacy

June 08, 2017

For centuries scientists have known about the importance of the oceans in supporting life on Earth, yet today they are changing faster than at any time...

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Insuring Thrills, Chills and Spills

June 08, 2017

This year, more than 300 million people in the US will visit an amusement park, traveling carnival or other entertainment venue to have a little fun. ...

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Hometown hacking: Communities in US and Canada become cyber targets

May 24, 2017

It’s easy to see why Target was a target.  Home Depot too is a depot of valuable information and credit card numbers.  Even a health insurer like Anthem...

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Size of social engineering attacks growing

May 09, 2017

Businesses around the world are facing greater exposure to social engineering attacks, and the stakes are getting a lot higher.​Only a few years ago, a...

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Why event cancellation insurance is a necessity, not a luxury

May 02, 2017

This article was first published in TTG MICE.The growth in events held across Asia-Pacific can be witnessed throughout countries such as Thailand and China,...

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Crumbling Under Fire

May 01, 2017

On March 31, 2017 during Atlanta’s evening rush hour, a massive fire erupted underneath an I-85 overpass. The fire started at approximately 6:15 PM in...

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Emerging Risk Report_Q1 2017

March 29, 2017

XL Catlin’s Emerging Risk Task Force actively monitors a wide array of emerging risks to provide our underwriters, as well as clients, with pertinent information...

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8 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipe Damage on Your Property

January 27, 2017

It’s that time of year again – when frozen pipes due to dropping temperatures put your business at risk of losing money and even shutting down. However,...

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Consignments: Getting to Win-Win

November 29, 2016

Want to sell something but lack the means to do so directly? What to do? Turn to someone else and consign it.Consignment refers to transactions in which...

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Feel the Earth Move? Drop, Cover and Hold On!

November 22, 2016

Recently, a swarm of small earthquakes near the San Andreas Fault spurred officials in California to issue an earthquake alert for residents of Southern...

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Minimizing Matthew's Mess

October 05, 2016

Which way will Hurricane Matthew turn?  That’s always the question with hurricanes.  They don’t set exact itineraries.  Their eventual paths are determined...

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Protecting Fine Art from Natural Disasters

August 30, 2016

This year’s Hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes are...

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Emerging Trends in Design Professional Liability Claims

July 18, 2016

Emerging Trends in Design Professional Liability Claims

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Oil Price Volatility Increases Political Risk and Opportunity

June 16, 2016

In risk management, dealing with change is a constant challenge and that challenge increases when change is unexpected or is greater and occurring more...

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Containing H2O Damage

May 09, 2016

Many materials shrink when they get cold.  Water is not one of them. Instead, water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever...

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Equine Insurance_Kentucky Derby

May 05, 2016

“The Kentucky Derby, whatever it is – a race, an emotion, a turbulence, an explosion – it is one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things...

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Evolution of Competitive Sailing Tells Story of Risk and Innovation

May 03, 2016

At XL Catlin we like to say that “when it comes to risk, great art needs great answers.” The America’s Cup, which returns to New York City this week for...

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Taking Quick Action: “Active Assailant"" Response and Recovery in the US

February 23, 2016

There is always a first.  In the US, the first “active assailant” incident occurred on the campus of the University of Texas on August 1, 1966.  That day...

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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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Art + Work: Inspire creativity, increase productivity, add value.

November 11, 2015

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo PicassoThe Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS) is believed to be the first company...

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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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The Value of Venice’s Irreplaceable Art and Artifacts

September 25, 2015

From trade to tourismVenice has proved to be remarkably resilient in adapting to shifting circumstances, and its economy and character have changed repeatedly...

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Heavy Lifting

February 03, 2015

When Superstorm Sandy struck the Atlantic Coast in October  2012, one area hit particularly hard was the trendy Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, known...

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Making our monsters go away

October 17, 2014

Some of us have recurring nightmares. When I was little, I used to be tormented by a dream that the Jolly Green Giant was chasing me past my swing set....

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Insuring Multinational Business, Exceptionally

September 04, 2014

—With nearly 200 sovereign nations, creating and managing global insurance programs can be a big challenge. That is one reason that XL Group has established...

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Redefining the Swiss Private Bank

September 02, 2014

The global financial crisis shrank client assets and bank revenues. It also hit national economies so hard that many decided it was time to reclaim lost...

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XL Group Provides Secure Foundation for Construction Risks

June 27, 2014

What trends is XL seeing in the construction market?We’re seeing several trends in the construction field, among the large contractors that we work with....

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Emerging Risks to Fine Arts: Political Violence and Terrorism

June 11, 2014

Terrorism and political violence can pose greater risks to institutions with high-value fine arts and collections than many realize. Two XL Group experts...

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Our Cyborg Destiny: Transcending Evolution to Survive and Thrive

April 17, 2014

 Cyborg (Cybernetic Organism)Astrophysicists Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline coined the term cyborg in 1960, defining a cyborg as a “self-regulating,...

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The Age of Innovation in China and India

March 13, 2014

On the FoothillsChina and India: the next great economic frontiers. Two countries, abundant in culture and rich in human resources, home to 2.6 billion...

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Accident Avoidance

March 12, 2014

Accidents happen.  Unfortunately, they are happening more often.   In fact, 2012 saw the first increase in motor vehicle related fatalities reported since...

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Protecting Cultural Heritage Through Risk Management

December 12, 2013

Museums and libraries play a vital role in preserving the cultural identity of a region, a nation and even humanity as a whole. Whether private or public,...

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Fired up about Hot Work fires

It happened again! A meat packing plant in Kansas recently caught fire after a spark from welding activity came into contact with some nearby grease. ...

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Que le espera al sector de la joyeria en Espana

En los quince años que llevo asegurando a empresas de joyería en el mercado ibérico, entre ellas a pequeños y medianos minoristas, además de mayoristas...

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Asegurar la cadena de suministro de alimentos

Introducción por  Joan LanzagortaClient & Distribution Leader para México en XL GroupMuchas empresas de alimentos en Latinoamérica no sólo venden productos...

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