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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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Property Perspective: Steering through a firming commercial property insurance market

November 25, 2019

2020 is almost here. As we look back, it’s been quite a year for AXA XL’s Michele Sansone and her North America Property Insurance team. For the first...

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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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Natural catastrophes: how modelling can give European risk managers a new perspective

October 28, 2019

Natural catastrophes can have a huge impact on a company, its operations and its workforce. For risk managers, estimating the annual losses suffered by...

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More than a paper policy

September 27, 2019

Too many businesses realize the value of their insurance coverage only after the fact, after they lose something first. That means too many are missing...

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The risk manager of tomorrow making data work for you

September 24, 2019

Data has always been a key tool for risk managers – and for their broker and underwriter partners too. We are entering now a new era for data, which could...

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Making inclusion work: putting words into practice

September 23, 2019

I have spent my entire career – more than 25 years and counting – in insurance, and I’m proud to see how the industry has changed over that time to become...

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Stormy weather: Preparing property to ride out more frequent & severe convective storms

August 26, 2019

Warm air rises. It’s a lesson that many of us remember from science class. When it does, carrying moisture with it, it results in an atmospheric phenomenon...

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Protecting commercial property against wildfire damage

August 02, 2019

Is California on fire? For those of us who were either born or raised in California, it can seem that way. Wildfires in the West and South West are getting...

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Cause, effect, consequence: Assessing natural hazards

July 08, 2019

The City of San Francisco recently announced that it was partnering with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a project to model Pacific storms....

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Let’s Talk: Urs Uhlmann on climate change, big data and the evolving challenges of cyber risks

July 01, 2019

The interconnectedness of technology with our lives and businesses has surfaced both new capabilities and new risks. We spoke with Urs Uhlmann, AXA XL’s...

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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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Think You Don't Need Environmental Insurance?

June 13, 2019

“I don’t work with hazardous materials.”“My industry isn’t regulated by the EPA.” “We have an environmental health and safety team, and a response plan...

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Autonomous technologies an uncertain and evolving risk landscape

June 11, 2019

Propelled by massive investments and impressive technological advances, autonomous vehicles are quickly becoming more numerous and capable, and appear...

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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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Lets talk Bridging the gap between science and insurance

May 30, 2019

Q. What is the role of an in-house scientist at an insurer and reinsurer? My job is not simply academic: it’s about helping to foster understanding and...

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Let's Talk: Building a complete risk picture

April 25, 2019

Extreme storms, wildfires and droughts caused heavy Nat Cat losses in 2018, resulting in approximately USD 90 billion annual Nat Cat loss to insurance...

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Keeping pace with the pacesetters

March 29, 2019

Complexity and volatility have long been key elements in the world of risk. But a new wrinkle is emerging and is especially visible in the sharing economy:...

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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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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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Property Perspectives: Don’t underestimate your value

February 06, 2019

While there is a definite shift in businesses having a significant increase in intangible assets that need protection as opposed to tangible assets like...

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Protecting property through Winter's wild weather

January 18, 2019

Even before winter officially began, we felt its wrath. In mid-November, a destructive storm in the Northeast caused over 400,000 power outages, school...

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Expect the unexpected: what will 2019 hold for risk managers with international programmes?

January 03, 2019

As we enter 2019, Owen Williams, head of the captive centre of excellence at XL Catlin, now part of AXA XL, a division of AXA Group, considers what risk...

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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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Let’s Talk: Airport Fixed Base Operators and Environmental Incidents

December 11, 2018

From supplying support equipment to refueling and de-icing operations to managing fuel storage facilities to hangars, and more, thousands of fixed base...

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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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Property Perspectives: Insuring Canada's natural resource-based businesses

October 15, 2018

Ian Rutherford loves the outdoors.  An avid mountain biker, snowboarder and surfer, Ian values the rich outdoor resources available to him across Canada.  ...

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Constructive Conversations: Optimizing opportunities for project owners

October 08, 2018

From her early days as an environmental risk engineer to her current role as Underwriting Director within North America Construction’s Professional & Pollution...

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Wrestling tough property risks

September 17, 2018

Kyle Burnett has a knack for wrestling.  Not only is Kyle a past New York State high school wrestling champion (142 lb. class), he’s AXA XL’s underwriting...

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Collaboration in times of crisis

September 05, 2018

A year ago, on September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico. Coincidentally, the quake hit on the anniversary of the catastrophic...

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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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Moving fast fast forward: The great US speed limit debate

June 25, 2018

In the United States, elected officials in states from Idaho to Virginia are discussing possible changes to speed limit rules. Legislators in multiple...

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Changing the dynamics of the property claims experience

May 30, 2018

Since 1990, Mark Evans, Head of  XL Catlin’s Property, Energy and Construction claims in North America, has managed claims from some of the insurance industry’s...

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Putting up a strong global front

May 07, 2018

After graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a degree in chemical engineering, Andy Starnes might not have imagined a career in insurance. ...

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Property Perspectives

April 07, 2018

In today’s insurance industry, we all have an interesting story about how we got here. XL Catlin’s Jay Smelser, Regional Underwriting Leader- South Central,...

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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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Mike Davies on “disruptive times” for marine insurers

September 20, 2017

Following the International Union of Marine Insurance’s (IUMI) annual conference this year in Tokyo, Mike Davies shared his views on some of the opportunities...

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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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Emerging Risks Report: Q2 2017

July 07, 2017

Also available in  Spanish,  Portuguese,  German,  French  and  Italian.XL Catlin’s Emerging Risk Task Force actively monitors a wide array of emerging...

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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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Amid expected regulatory changes, environmental risks remain

March 29, 2017

A question asked frequently by those concerned about environmental liability is "What impact will the new administration have on environmental regulations?"​While...

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The Forecast for US-Mexico Trade: Continued Growth and Development

November 09, 2016

The trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico is one of the world’s largest bilateral trade partnerships. Trade between the two countries amounted...

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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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Hey, Kids! Get Into My Workforce!

October 25, 2016

Gen Y. Millenials. Whatever you call them, everyone’s talking about them. A recent survey by Pew Research shows for the first time this group has surpassed...

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How Secure is Your Gold?

September 22, 2016

Gold is often considered a barometer for what is happening economically, politically and even culturally. “For the first time on record, investment has...

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Risk Bulletin_Trichloroethylene and Indoor Air Quality Risks

August 30, 2016

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile, chlorinated chemical that is commonly associated with extensive soil and groundwater contamination throughout the...

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Harnessing the Satellite Boom

August 17, 2016

Every year, more and more satellites are launched into the Earth’s orbit, and improvements in sensor resolutions and computing capabilities have resulted...

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Mitigating water damage during construction

May 12, 2016

A week before an 18-story apartment building under construction in the suburbs of a large city in the Northeast was to be occupied, a three-inch water...

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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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On Tap: Beer Brews Up Unique Risks

March 17, 2016

Beer drinking has been part of the human experience since the dawn of civilization. It first appeared nearly 10,000 years ago, when mankind settled down...

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Growth in Latin America Will Come From Managing Risks

January 19, 2016

Emerging economies are attractive places for business and investors because of their growth potential. For the past several years, one of the fastest-growing...

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Fictitious Cargo Pickups

January 04, 2016

A generation ago, thieves stole loaded trucks out of parking lots and rest stops. Today, the trucking industry’s widening use of GPS devices, high-tech...

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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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Data Centers - Internet technology expansion yields increased environmental risk

August 17, 2015

According to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the data center sector could double in size in the next several years....

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Lets Talk: Alan Milroy on Big Data

August 04, 2015

Alan has 25+ years as a frontline Property underwriter focusing on global companies and with an emphasis on risk management and tailored solutions. He...

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Whats Below the Surface

June 22, 2015

Did you know the United States developed the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, called the Nautilus, in 1954? You can thank me the next time you’re...

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Five Insurance Considerations for Managing Cost Escalation

February 25, 2015

The most common form of escalation familiar to Risk Managers is the rising cost of insurance. Project specific policies give the benefit, typically, of...

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Do we need to redefine what risk means to our critical infrastructure?

February 13, 2015

Fukushima was a wake-up call to Europe. The EU realized that stress-tests for critical infrastructure (CI) across Europe did not account for the potential...

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Seven Ways Contractors Can Manage Cost Escalation Risk

February 09, 2015

So, having considered the Seven Factors that can  Escalate Contractors’ Costs (in the previously published Part 1 of this 3-part series), the question...

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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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Cyber shockers infographic Businesses under attack

December 29, 2014

.f3article .first-col IMG { MAX-WIDTH: 500px !important; MAX-HEIGHT: 900px !important }To learn more about cyber liability issues, take a look...

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Let’s Talk: How can a regional network of risk managers offer a fresh approach to Risk in Asia?

December 01, 2014

Regional Support for Maturing Risk Management in AsiaRisk is a global issue. Around the world there are organisations that focus on developing the risk...

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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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Australia plans to up the ante on polluters

August 21, 2014

Environmental pollution is a growing global concern. And with the world’s population expanding rapidly, the demand on our stretched natural resources,...

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FDA on Nanotechnology: Size Matters

August 14, 2014

Nanomaterials may be minute in size, but they have become a big part of emerging technologies in food manufacturing, generating media and consumer interest...

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What your Facebook page reveals about your restaurant

August 06, 2014

With social media providing easy access to consumers, it has become a focal point for restaurants in their marketing efforts. Approximately 80% of restaurants...

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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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Crisis Management: Prepared for Volatility

April 24, 2014

The unexpected happens.  Borders change.   Economies are thriving or just barely surviving.   Someone takes exception and protests.  Protests turn violent. ...

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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 good the bad and the ugly

March 27, 2014

Over the past three years insurers have seen record levels of catastrophe claims. To take just one event, the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami was...

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Energy Meets Technology

March 18, 2014

Technology is having a significant impact on the development and distribution of energy, according to Cathy Duffy, SVP and Underwriting manager at XL in...

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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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Christmas all wrapped up? Supply chain, maritime trade, property endorsements.. covered?

December 23, 2013

What’s in your stocking? Traditionally the first Sunday in Advent has signalled the start of the run-up to Christmas, but it seems that for retailers two...

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Air Pollution in an (Inter) State of Confusion

December 18, 2013

Air Pollution, which migrates across state borders, is in a State of Confusion. There is a mini-trend that once air pollution crosses state lines, a question...

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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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Os riscos emergentes que estamos monitorando e por que Q2

O Grupo Operacional de Riscos Emergentes da XL Catlin monitora ativamente uma ampla gama de riscos emergentes para oferecer aos nossos subscritores e clientes...

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