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Project quality management, part one: What is quality management?

December 03, 2019

This first article of a series on project quality management looks at its role as part of a firm-wide quality management system, or QMS. Subsequent articles...

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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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Captives: weathering the ups and downs of the insurance market

November 28, 2019

By Matt Latham, Head of Global Programs and Captives at AXA XL Trends in the wider insurance market have always had an impact on the captive market....

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Property Perspective: Steering through a firming commercial property insurance market

November 25, 2019

2019 is almost, but not quite, over. 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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Floodproofing, FEMA and flood maps

November 13, 2019

The following is an interview between Randy Lewis, VP of Loss Prevention Education, Design Professional and Adam Reeder, PE, CFM, Senior Project Manager...

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Sounding the alarm: Wildfire exposure and prevention in construction

November 12, 2019

We know certain types of construction carry inherent fire risks – wood frame construction is one such type. Building materials stored onsite can pose a...

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Bigger projects, a slimmer workforce and new tech

November 06, 2019

Construction projects are bigger and more complex than ever before. The construction workforce, however, is not keeping up. Many skilled workers have left,...

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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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Cybersecurity budgets: Why big money doesn't necessarily mean big security

October 29, 2019

Another day, another headline about a high-profile hack or data breach. The media and public take notice when consumer data have been compromised. And...

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Biometric data, privacy and a storm of class action claims

October 28, 2019

How many science fiction films feature bolted steel doors unlocked only with a successful retina scan? That seemingly futuristic security feature isn’t...

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E-cigarettes, an emerging risk

October 28, 2019

E-cigarettes have been on our watchlist of emerging risks for the past several years. A recent outbreak of severe pulmonary disease in the U.S., coupled...

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Weather assessment solutions in construction: Helping control risks, time and money 

October 28, 2019

It’s raining. It’s pouring. We can’t install flooring. Weather is a critical factor in construction design, planning and execution and has among the most...

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All Together Now: The advantages of the Master Builder's Risk Reporting Policy

October 28, 2019

What’s in your Builder’s Risk policy? If anything sums up the old adage about something being “greater than the sum of its parts,” it would be a construction...

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Analysing flood events to build back better

October 28, 2019

DOWNLOAD THE DISASTER RECOVERY CASE STUDY: UK FLOODS 2007 DOWNLOAD THE DISASTER RECOVERY CASE STUDY: FLOODING IN GERMANY 2013     It’s no accident that...

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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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A market of opportunity: what buyers of international programmes need to know about Indonesia

September 26, 2019

Q. What are some of the major opportunities and challenges for clients in Indonesia? A. Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population and is predicted...

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7 Things you need to know about insuring contractor’s equipment

September 26, 2019

Here’s a little insurance trivia…. The 19th century French term en bloc, meaning “all together or all at the same time”, was used to describe insurance...

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The State of Construction_High Tech and Human Touch

September 24, 2019

From the first time early humans made primitive tools to build shelters, there have been construction risks. They built structures to satisfy the universal...

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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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Mechanic's lien rights for design professionals

August 26, 2019

Do you know your lien rights? Mechanic’s liens are powerful tools that can help you collect your unpaid fees. But some clients may want you to waive your...

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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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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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Safer Travels: 5 tips to avoid being an easy target

August 09, 2019

Who doesn’t love to travel? Not many according to travel industry statistics. Americans traveling for business and leisure took 2.3 billion domestic trips...

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Costs of corruption weigh heavily on nations' future growth

August 08, 2019

Whether it occurs in a small developing economy, a petrostate or a G20 nation, corruption is a costly problem. Allowed to continue unabated, corruption...

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Value trumps first cost when buying professional liability insurance

August 07, 2019

Every architecture or engineering firm faces the same questions annually: in today’s professional liability (PL) insurance marketplace, how do you determine...

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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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Let's Talk: Inland Marine Insurance supports storm resiliency and growth in the Northeast

August 02, 2019

When Superstorm Sandy passed through AXL XL Inland Marine Underwriting Manager Jon Mosby’s Northeast region in 2012, it left in its wake more than $70...

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Project Pursuits decisions affect subcontracting risks

July 29, 2019

This article has been republished with permission as an IRMI Expert Commentary. As an industry, construction spends a tremendous amount of time and resources...

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A Blue Carbon future: how innovative thinking aims to increase coastal resilience and meet climate targets

July 27, 2019

Concerns about human impact on the planet is at the forefront of many individuals’ minds and businesses’ agendas.  Companies are taking steps to reduce...

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The Pretenders: Hackers target companies, posing as CEOs and other C-level Executives

July 25, 2019

In 2017, online digital publications announced the latest threat to consumer safety: hackers using vulnerabilities inside WhatsApp to spread malicious...

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Name that place: designating dispute resolution settings in contracts

July 23, 2019

When a project dispute arises, you could be forced to fight an uphill battle if the state designated for dispute resolution isn’t your own. It may not...

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Driving Forward: Navigating Supply Chain Risk in the Automotive Industry

July 16, 2019

In May 2018, a fire broke out at a magnesium die-cast company’s plant in Michigan, causing enough damage to suspend the production of critical parts used...

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Let’s Talk: Inland Marine insurance keeps tech and other companies moving forward

July 10, 2019

Technology changes quickly, and so do the firms that create game-changing technologies. Constant change is one of the reasons why technology firms are...

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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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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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Ransomware-as-a-Service: The business of distributing cyber attacks

June 21, 2019

Ransomware is proving to be a profitable endeavor for cyber criminals. It is also what is fueling a newer trend: the business of offering management of...

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Let's Talk: Keeping industries moving with inland marine insurance

June 19, 2019

If property assets can move, structures can be built, or unique valuation needs exist, it’s likely that someone is relying on inland marine insurance for...

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Dazed and confused: Are you administering the contract... or the construction?

June 17, 2019

Design professionals use various terms in contracts, websites and correspondence to describe their services during the construction phase of a project. For...

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Lets Talk: State of the environmental insurance market

June 14, 2019

As the saying goes – there is no use crying over spilled milk. For many businesses, dealing with spilled milk is not a likely problem. Instead, the question...

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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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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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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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Constructive Conversations: Taking tech to the jobsite

June 07, 2019

Today’s construction jobsite looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. From monitoring sensors, exoskeletons, imaging and BIM to project management...

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The LockerGoga Ransomware Attack: A worst-case scenario for industrial operations

June 03, 2019

Over the past decade, the corporate world has become familiar with ransomware attacks. Cyber attackers encrypt company’s systems and data until a bitcoin...

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There’s a 100% chance a hurricane will strike somewhere in 2019. Be prepared!

May 31, 2019

Don’t know why there’s no Severe Weather Preparedness Plan for your business? With the start of hurricane season now’s not the time to whistle that tune...it’s...

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When tech is the target: cyber risks for tech companies

May 22, 2019

In a world in which cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and severity, companies rely heavily on technology to secure their data and systems. But...

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Boost your image and lower your risk: Managing project photos

May 20, 2019

We love it when great firms want to do even better. AXA XL’s Design Professional team recently heard from an architect who asked what more his firm could...

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Subcontractor Operational Prequalification: Putting power in the process

May 18, 2019

Shutting the door to attacksThese are expenses that can be driven down by putting proper protections in place. For industrial firms, manufacturing operations —...

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Unplug: Remove electronic distractions while driving

May 15, 2019

Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,450 lives in 2016. Cell phones, GPS systems, portable computers, CD players, video screens and other types...

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Reining in water risks before mold takes hold

May 08, 2019

When water gets in, mold often takes hold. Water intrusion is a primary source of mold and can quickly develop into a toxic situation for building inhabitants,...

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Three to Zero: Driving down construction fatalities

May 07, 2019

Three. That’s the average number of daily construction fatalities in the United States. Three per day. And that’s three too many. According to the Bureau...

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The state of the Florida market: a reinsurer's perspective

April 25, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Florida renewals may be an unprecedented bellwether for how reinsurance pricing in the sunshine state will respond post event. A lack...

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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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Transferring, not acquiring, environmental liabilities

April 24, 2019

Environmental liabilities were once notorious for killing business deals. Most businesses didn't know how to handle their own environmental liability...

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Put down the phone. Be safe. #JustDrive

April 23, 2019

When it comes to automobile accidents, the numbers don’t lie. Instead, they tell an alarming story related to the injuries, fatalities, and growing risks...

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Design Professional Perspective What shall we do about shall

April 16, 2019

Must you refrain from using “shall” in your contracts? Some legal scholars and government agencies are moving in that direction. Words often change meaning...

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Ignore Distractions. #JUSTDRIVE

April 16, 2019

Every day, at least nine Americans die, and hundreds are injured in distracted driving crashes. That’s why April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month,...

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The E&S Casualty market prepares for disruption

April 12, 2019

By its very nature, the Excess & Surplus (E&S) casualty market attracts risks that cannot otherwise be handled by the primary market. Yet increasing losses...

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Let's Talk: Science and Art in Underwriting

April 09, 2019

How did you get into insurance? Was it something you always saw yourself doing? Greaves: Similar to many of my insurance peers, I did not plan to become...

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Are new data sources *sparking joy* for underwriting and claims?

April 08, 2019

Decluttering expert Marie Kondo asks a single question when determining whether a piece of clothing or a book should stay in the house or be thrown out:...

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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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Cyber claims scenarios ripped from the headlines

April 02, 2019

The liabilities associated with cyber exposures can devastate any business. A single cyber-attack in the US costs companies on average $7.91 million, according...

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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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Constructive Conversations: Helping clients tackle the labor challenge

March 25, 2019

The construction industry faces growing labor challenges. From a shortage of skilled labor to aging workers, this tight talent situation can impact jobsite...

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Reinsurers shifting focus from cat business

March 19, 2019

Reinsurers face a challenge because “if they are retaining less cat business by using alternative capital, this also erodes profitability”, he told DWIC...

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Are you a good manager?

March 19, 2019

The following article was written by Cate Huston, engineering manager at Automattic, the people behind websites and applications such as WordPress.com,...

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Cyber Prevention: Staying ahead of the phishers, vishers and smishers

March 18, 2019

It starts with a phone call, a click of a link, a request from the CFO, a customer locked out of an account or a vendor complaining about a missing payment. These...

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Technology is making waves in the marine insurance market

March 07, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that’s quite mainstream these days. And players in the Marine industry are finding ways to use it to their advantage....

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Preventing water damage during construction projects

March 05, 2019

Insurance loss data over the past 10 years shows that water damage has become a leading cause of Builder’s Risk claims. Whether from external sources (rain,...

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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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Constructive Conversations: Made in America

March 04, 2019

This article has been republished with permission as an IRMI Expert Commentary. It’s become common knowledge that today’s Construction industry is falling...

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Benefits and risks of building with Cross Laminated Timber, Part 2

February 28, 2019

Have a CLT project in your pipeline? While it’s trending in the construction market, it is important to invest the time to look beyond the benefits to...

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Benefits and risks of building with Cross Laminated Timber

February 28, 2019

Widely used in Europe, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is one of the newest and hottest topics and materials in American construction today. It’s strong,...

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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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Hiring an owner-specified subconsultant

February 12, 2019

“Contract corner” is a series of columns occasionally published our Design Profession team’s monthly newsletter, Communiqué. These columns focus on onerous...

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Constructive Conversations: Talent development and building an empowered team

February 08, 2019

In today’s tight US labor market, the competition for top talent is impacting every industry. From Construction to Consulting and from Insurance to IT,...

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Commercial insurtech is like an exclusive club — and you’re invited

February 06, 2019

This piece was originally published in TechCrunch. Tech companies and VCs in the insurance space have probably read many articles about Amazon and Google...

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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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Let’s Talk: Captives with Steven Bauman

January 18, 2019

Steven you have a fairly extensive CV, how did you first become involved in alternative markets and why did you decide to specialize in captives? Bauman:...

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Changing climate, changing standard of care?

January 15, 2019

As extreme weather events hit more frequently, many observers believe their impact may affect the standard of care for design professionals. Last fall,...

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The return of nationalism

January 14, 2019

The article was first published in S-RM’s Political Violence bulletin.From Trump’s “America First” to the ever-looming Brexit, nationalist movements have...

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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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Cyber insurance market: The year in review

January 02, 2019

Cyber liability is fast becoming the last frontier of the insurance world.   Hackers and cyber thieves are growing in number and in the sophistication...

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Investing in the future

December 28, 2018

If you had asked me when I was 12 what I wanted to do when I grow up, I would have answered: “I want to travel the world. And wear a tie”.Some years later,...

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Why film underwriters deserve an Oscar of their own

December 18, 2018

It’s been a brilliant few years for British film and television. From ‘water-cooler’ telly moments, like the final episode of Bodyguard, to the first female...

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Constructive Conversations: Building customer-focused operations

December 17, 2018

To stay competitive in today’s global business economy, it requires a lot more than having the right corporate vision and strategy. It’s all about the...

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Avoiding the holiday hustle

December 15, 2018

It’s that time of year when we all need to brace ourselves for not only the bustle of the holiday season, but for the potential hustle in the bustle too. Crime...

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Take 5 with Nancy Bewlay, AXA XL’s Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Casualty

December 13, 2018

Nancy Bewlay stays on the pulse of the insurance industry’s casualty underwriting trends and most pressing issues. She has to. As Chief Underwriting...

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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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What were you thinking? An exploration of human bias in subcontractor selection

December 04, 2018

This article has been republished with permission as an IRMI Expert Commentary. Subcontractor defaults on construction projects can be catastrophic, which...

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Sea-change: how technology is changing the transportation of goods

December 01, 2018

For hundreds of years, merchants have transported their wares across land and sea trying to find the delicate balance between getting their goods to their...

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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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Constructive Conversations: Professional Liability considerations when insuring modular construction

November 26, 2018

Modular and prefabricated construction continues to grow worldwide. In 2017, the global market value was USD 106 billion and it’s projected to reach USD...

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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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Is asbestos making a comeback?

November 13, 2018

This past June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed “significant new use rule” (SNUR) on asbestos. The proposed rule, which...

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Constructive Conversations: Bringing excellence to the Excess market

November 01, 2018

The $10 trillion global construction industry continues to grow. Leading contractors are taking on new projects that are pushing the limits – from record-breaking...

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Class action filing increase shifting D&O dynamics

October 31, 2018

The frequency of U.S. federal and state securities class actions (SCA) have been increasing markedly in recent years. At the time of writing, there have...

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More mindful data protection

October 31, 2018

We’re all so busy. So many things are tugging at our attention.  Way too many distractions continuously draw us away from the important tasks at hand. ...

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Data dystopia: what does the future hold for data privacy?

October 30, 2018

As cyber underwriters, a big part of our job is to be curious, to piece together “what-ifs” to try to analyse as yet unknown or untested risks. Our role...

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Let's Talk: Building up diversity in the construction industry

October 29, 2018

While the number of female engineering students has climbed over the past 20 years, it still hovers just below 20%. Less than 9% of workers in the U.S....

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Rise in US federal securities class action filings impacting companies with US exposures

October 26, 2018

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Belt & road: how risk managers can use global programmes in a transforming region

October 24, 2018

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious infrastructure development strategy announced by the Chinese government. The initiative will cover more...

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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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Credit and political risk: opportunities abound in Latin America

October 11, 2018

Latin America is a diverse region, with economies at different stages of maturity and good growth prospects. That combination is continuing to attract...

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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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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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Technology is reshaping the construction industry

September 28, 2018

Technology is reshaping how the construction industry operates. Given industry challenges – including increasingly bigger projects, an aging workforce,...

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Hackers on the job site: Cyber attacks target construction

September 21, 2018

From modeling to drone use to 3D printing of buildings and components, construction has come of age. Today’s construction operations are deeply reliant...

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D&I: Turning awareness into action

September 21, 2018

Since the first Dive In Festival took place in 2014, we have been an enthusiastic participant in, and sponsor of, this insurance industry-wide event promoting...

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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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Hurricane preparedness: Timely tips for contractors

September 12, 2018

Contractors throughout the Southeast are bracing for the imminent impact of hurricane Florence. Given the fact that this hurricane is predicted to make...

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Diving deep into government pools

September 12, 2018

In 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that there were 16 separate “billion-dollar” disasters with losses totaling more...

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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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Getting started with continuous improvement

September 06, 2018

Continuous improvement. It’s a major trend that’s captured the attention of senior leaders throughout every industry around the world. And it makes sense....

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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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Alternative energy: A new proposition for oil and gas clients

September 04, 2018

Albert Einstein is popularly held to have said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”In...

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Cyber Risk Modeling & Scoring: Creating Business Resilience

September 04, 2018

Over the last few decades, the way in which companies conduct business has gone through a transformation. Organizations have shifted their business models...

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Spilled Beans? No worries, Part 3

August 28, 2018

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series on Damaged Goods.  Read the first in this series. And the second, right here.   Salvage has been an integral part of...

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Let's talk: The nature of terrorism is changing

August 21, 2018

Recent tragic events have highlighted that the terrorism risk continues to evolve. Mark Steddon, Senior Underwriter Terrorism & Political Violence at XL...

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Cyber endorsements: The why and how of cyber protection

August 15, 2018

A salesperson, working from a café while on the road, sends proprietary client information over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. A project manager for a...

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Reaping big benefits from consolidated insurance buying

August 15, 2018

General Liability.  Property.  Equipment Breakdown.  Workers’ Comp.  D&O.  Commercial Auto.  Cargo. Environmental.  Businesses, on average, purchase a...

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Into Africa: how risk managers can use global programmes as part of their strategy in this fast-changing area

August 14, 2018

There has been an uptick in protectionism in the insurance markets of many African countries, with regulators imposing measures such as compulsory domestic...

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Business planning that looks beyond the bottom line

August 14, 2018

What does business planning mean in your organization? For many people, the annual business planning cycle can be the equivalent of getting a root canal...

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Small businesses are more vulnerable to cyber risks than they think

August 10, 2018

Today, most companies rely on technology in order to conduct business. In fact, companies of all sizes are able to compete thanks to technology, and small...

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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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More than a check in a box: The importance of external reference checks

August 06, 2018

Verifying and analyzing your subcontractors’ financial prequalification information is one of many key steps in your subcontractor selection process. It...

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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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Is the US prepared to deal with the aftermath of increasingly severe storms?

July 19, 2018

According to an Aon Benfield report published in January 2018, re/insurers paid out an unprecedented USD 134 billion in 2017 for natural catastrophe and...

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Spilled beans? No worries, Part 2

July 17, 2018

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on Damaged Goods.  Read the first in this series. While our Claims Department can help a client who has suffered from...

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Social engineering schemes 3: ways to mitigate risk of big losses

July 11, 2018

One of the oldest forms of crime — the con — is causing massive losses for businesses and individuals. The basic tactic in these increasingly sophisticated...

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Design Professional Insight: Top Ten Insurance Myths

July 06, 2018

A myth is a widely held but false belief. Unfortunately, there are plenty of myths about insurance coverage. To bust those myths and help architects,...

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Emerging Risk Report Q2 2018

July 05, 2018

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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People risk in international programs

July 03, 2018

It is often said that the human workforce is a company’s most precious asset. And as companies of all sizes continue to expand, and more employees travel...

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Set fair for the next phase of risk management: Marine blockchain platform goes live

June 26, 2018

Blockchain – the secure, decentralised and distributed ledger housed on a shared platform – is something that has been discussed by the tech community...

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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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Spilled the beans? No worries!

June 21, 2018

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series on Damaged Goods.We recently had a great claim outcome for a customer: XL Catlin and some damaged goods - garbanzo beans...

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Insuring ride risk in the amusement industry

June 19, 2018

Mary Chris Smith is on the ride of her life, and she doesn’t want to get off! She is President of Allied Specialty Insurance and Executive Vice President...

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Mitigating Cyber Risk via Captives

June 19, 2018

Increasingly challengingThe reality today is that virtually every individual and organization is vulnerable to a cyberattack, and the nature of the threat...

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Mexico's aviation risks are gaining altitude

June 18, 2018

Aviation has long been an important enabler, and beneficiary, of economic growth. In every region that is seeing growth, transportation options are proliferating....

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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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Small Business, Exposed

June 11, 2018

For US-based consumers, it was a breach like no other. An estimated 147 million records were compromised when consumer credit reporting agency Equifax...

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An inside look at political risk and credit insurance

June 05, 2018

Political risk and credit insurance are important types of coverage that facilitate foreign direct investment and global trade. These coverages are widely...

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Insuring modular construction: Casualty considerations

June 05, 2018

While modular and prefabricated construction has been around for decades, renewed interest in this delivery approach is gaining more attention.  According...

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What's in store for the industry? A risk engineer's perspective

June 05, 2018

Readers are no doubt familiar with the various changes taking place within our industry. These include, most notably: progressively larger ships, terminals...

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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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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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Let's Talk: Payment Services Directive

May 30, 2018

Q. What is the EU’s second Payment Services Directive?Angelos Deftereos: The EU’s second Payment Services Directive – known as PSD2 – came into force in...

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Risks and opportunities in South Africa and Chile

May 22, 2018

Emerging markets are key areas for growth for multinational companies across all industries. Economic growth means a growing need for insurance and reinsurance....

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Staying Afloat with Strong Workboat Insurance

May 18, 2018

This article was first published in the May issue of Marine News US Inventor Thomas Edison once said: “There is no substitute for hard work.” Nobody knows...

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Low threat doesn't necessarily mean ""no threat""

May 14, 2018

No question about it, leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) are a threat to the environment, particularly to groundwater.  And there have been plenty...

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New EU Regulations on Medical Devices Explained

May 10, 2018

What do pacemakers, condoms and dental fillings have in common? They are all classified medical devices that serve a medical purpose. And because humans...

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PORTS OF BRAZIL: Measures that drive the sector

May 10, 2018

Port Sector: Advances and ChallengesThe evolution of the port sector in Brazil is without a doubt linked to substantial social impact for regions where...

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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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Kidnap and ransom: From the French Robin Hood to a global risk

May 01, 2018

It takes a lot of chutzpah to attempt to kidnap the judge who sentenced you to a jail term. But that is exactly what gangster Jacques Mesrine, known as...

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Steering the course: Stand-alone Course of Construction (COC) policy vs. COC Property Extension

April 24, 2018

A 50-unit condominium housing development under construction in Greater Boston has been destroyed by fire. Investigators are still working to determine...

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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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Finding your continuous innovation sweet spot

April 19, 2018

A version of this article was first published on PropertyCasualty360.comMany organizations today place a big focus on continuous improvement. They have...

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Bumps in the road – A year on from the Ogden Discount Rate announcement

April 19, 2018

On the 27th February 2017, the then Lord Chancellor Liz Truss released the result of her review of the Ogden Discount Rate, putting an end to months of...

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Keeping ahead of competition

April 17, 2018

Competition. It’s everywhere – big business and small business, local and global. And if you’re not keeping up, you’ll face serious business challenges....

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Bringing value to the chain: how Blockchain can be used to help risk managers with global programmes

April 14, 2018

Blockchain is predicted by some to become the fifth major wave in computing – after mainframes, personal computers, the internet and social networks. And...

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Tiger Kidnappings: A crime within a crime

April 07, 2018

In 2009, an employee at a bank in Ireland filled four laundry bags with cash from the bank’s vault, making off with EUR 7.6 million. It was the largest-ever...

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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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XL Catlin innovations rise to help clients navigate sea of changing risks

April 05, 2018

Setting sail from Punta Del Este, Uruguay on October 4, 2017 Sarah completed two legs of an 8-leg journey which took her almost over a quarter of the way...

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Small tools and equipment theft: Prevention best practices

April 02, 2018

Equipment theft is a significant problem in both lean and prosperous economic cycles. So significant, in fact, that an entire organization is devoted to...

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The Gender Pay Gap

March 27, 2018

The gender pay gap; it’s a hot topic at the moment. But what exactly is it?The gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between the average earnings...

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Ocean risk: how insurers can lead the way in building resilience

March 24, 2018

Ever since the days of Edward Lloyd’s coffee shop more than three-hundred years ago, the insurance and reinsurance industry has been intrinsically linked...

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Cyber risk modeling comes of age

March 22, 2018

Ten million per month – that’s how many hacking attempts the head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said her agency was able to thwart each month...

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Protecting your business from wildfire

March 20, 2018

Wildfires in the western U.S. have been increasing in frequency and duration since the mid-1980s, posing a significant threat to buildings and lives. According...

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The story of water: essential and increasingly scarce

March 17, 2018

The story of contemporary civilization begins with efforts to exploit water resources. The story also includes strife and conflict: Historians agree that...

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Four steps insurers must take to realize the potential of IoT

March 14, 2018

The number of IoT devices on the planet has now surpassed the number of smartphones. After half a decade of hype, insurers had expected to be writing "connected...

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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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Captives coming of age in Asia

March 09, 2018

The use of captives as a strategic risk management tool is under development in Asia. The penetration of captives on the continent is still relatively...

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Building an open communication culture

March 08, 2018

Underwriting construction projects has changed over the years. Gary Kaplan, President, North America Construction, has seen a lot in his 39 year career....

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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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Emerging Risk Report Q1 2018

March 01, 2018

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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Going green: how environmental liability exposures can be managed in global programmes

February 27, 2018

With both public and regulatory scrutiny of environmental damage on the increase, and the potential for large clean-up and remediation costs, environmental...

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Road Worrier: Exposures to Workers Compensation and auto hazards for traveling construction employees

February 24, 2018

On the RoadTravel is a part of many jobs, but you might not think it’s part of a construction worker’s career.  For many trades in specific construction...

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Talk to the Loss Adjuster; why communication is key for claims in global programmes

February 20, 2018

When a loss occurs, clear and timely communication with loss adjusters is vital to ensure claims are resolved successfully.  When they are structuring...

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Focused on the Future

February 13, 2018

Imagine you are at a seminar and you hear your job described as one of the ten most likely to be replaced by an algorithm in the future. What do you do?...

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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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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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Let's Crush the Underwriting Talent Crunch!

February 04, 2018

Commercial property underwriting is far from boring, according to XL Catlin’s Jeff Williams.  As Regional Underwriting Director, North Central for XL Catlin’s...

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Show Me the Money! Using Data to Drive Cost-Effective Innovation in the Construction Industry

January 29, 2018

Innovation is everywhere in the insurance industry! Don’t believe me? Then trust Google. A quick search on this topic generates over 3 million results...

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XL Catlin market research identifies significant potential for credit insurance growth

January 23, 2018

Credit insurance is an important 'lubricant' to ensure the smooth functioning of domestic and international commerce. As such, it continues to grow in...

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Supply Chain Quality Management: Control it before it controls you

January 19, 2018

For general contractors, subcontractor performance is everything. And with tighter project schedules more common across the construction industry, procuring...

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Voice of the Customer: The ultimate fuel for business success

January 09, 2018

Most people know that I’m big on project management. It’s the engine for North America Construction’s Leadership, Planning & Execution (LP&E) Model, and...

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Managing the big risks of marine construction

January 03, 2018

The marine construction business is booming in the US for many reasons.  Nationwide ports are expanding, deepening their channels to accommodate bigger...

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What does the millennial generation want from their employer?

December 22, 2017

The millennial generation – also known as Generation Y – born between 1980 and 2000 – will make up about 50% of the global workforce by 2020, according...

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5 tips to cut crime risks this season

December 12, 2017

As the song about the December holidays goes, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." But it's not so wonderful for employers that are unprepared for...

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Ho! Ho! Ho! not Oh No No No!

November 27, 2017

With the holiday’s right around the corner, we’re approaching the busiest time of the year to shop online.  Every year new figures are released that show...

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Coming to grips with AOB Abuse – A financial burden to homeowners and insurers

November 24, 2017

The active 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has once again highlighted the problems that the United States is facing with Assignment of Benefits (“AOB”)....

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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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Let’s talk… rate

November 16, 2017

As with any discussion of market conditions after a series of catastrophes, we are mindful of the immense suffering, including loss of life, these events...

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The Impact of GDPR: EU data protection meets US-based business

November 15, 2017

Privacy regulations in the United States have nothing on those in the European Union (EU).In fact, the newly minted General Data Protection Regulation...

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Protectionism heating up political and credit risks

November 14, 2017

Populism and protectionism, which created ripples in global trade in the past year, have become a strong current. Foreign policy shifts, especially from...

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The evolution of marine risk engineering

November 13, 2017

The basic concept underpinning insurance – the losses of the few paid by the many – can be traced back as far as the famous Code of Hammurabi from 1800...

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The right to be forgotten

November 09, 2017

In 2010, an attorney named Mario Costeja Gonzalez asked the Spanish Data Protection Agency to request that the newspaper La Vanguardia remove two small...

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Livestock Insurance: Protecting the Big Business of Beef

November 02, 2017

Beef is big business in the US.  In fact, the beef cattle production represents the largest single segment of American agriculture.  There are more than...

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Emerging Risk Report: Q3 2017

November 01, 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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Insurtech Connect 2017: Insurers and Insurtechs both swiping right

October 23, 2017

Insurtech enthusiasts,Last week I attended Insurtech Connect Conference in Las Vegas. The conference kicked off less than twenty-four hours after last...

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Peru's devastating floods showcase importance of expanding the reach of the reinsurance industry in Latin America

October 16, 2017

Catastrophic flooding in Peru earlier this year hit the headlines after unprecedented downpours caused havoc around the Andean nation – just months after...

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A hack a day: Let's do more to keep the hackers away

October 16, 2017

143 million people.  Nearly half the US population and the majority of the adult population.  That’s the number of individuals who may have had some very...

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Aircraft safety efforts SOAR

October 11, 2017

Aircraft safety is better than ever, according to the National Business Aviation Association’s 2016 (NBAA) survey. In fact, 2016 was the second safest...

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Blockchain: From Theoretical to Authenticated

October 03, 2017

Not long ago Walmart’s head of food safety challenged his team to determine the origin of a package of sliced mangoes bought at one of the firm’s stores...

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Becoming a leader and bridging the gap between personal and professional

September 22, 2017

The insurance industry is not known as one of the most diverse industries. A lot remains to be done to boost diversity and inclusion within our companies...

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Lights Out! Dark warehouses in the spotlight

September 20, 2017

More warehouses are flipping the switch and turning out the lights.  They’re going dark. A “Dark” warehouse is a term used for a storage facility that...

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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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Reinsurance: what’s hot and what’s not

September 07, 2017

Every year at Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendez-Vous de Septembre decision makers of the reinsurance market meet to discuss topical issues, begin the annual...

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Unseaworthiness and punitive damages: The verdict is in

September 07, 2017

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on March 9, 2017 that an injured Alaskan commercial fisherman could claim punitive damages resulting from the...

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What XL Innovate looks for in insurtech leadership

August 31, 2017

First published in Digital Insurance Magazine, Aug 21, 2017In 1990, when we were raising capital for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), the earliest venture-funded...

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One Belt, One Road: Linking China to Europe

August 18, 2017

First published in GTR - Global Trade Review.China’s efforts to recreate the historic Silk Road linking it to Europe promise exciting opportunities for...

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Insuring against Disasters – Florida’s forgotten risk

August 17, 2017

When the last significant hurricane hit Florida, damage to pool screen enclosures accounted for 25% to 40% of the insurance losses.  In this article, Wade...

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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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Drones_Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Drilling Industry

August 08, 2017

IntroductionUnmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or “drones” are quickly changing the way construction companies do business, and offer solutions to many complex...

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The Case for Covering DO in a Global Program

July 31, 2017

For many Spanish companies, expanding into new markets outside Spain has proved to be a productive path to profitable growth.When Spain’s and much of the...

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Cyber Claim Trends: When Law Firms Are the Target

July 28, 2017

In June 2017, a massive cyberattack shut businesses and agencies across the globe out of their systems. Companies and government entities in 65 countries,...

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Global programmes: Marine risks and how to manage them

July 25, 2017

First published in  Commercial Risk Europe. Marine is by its very nature a global business and global insurance programmes can help risk managers to get...

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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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Political risk insurance, don’t ignore your own backyard

July 21, 2017

First published in  POST Magazine.When you think about political risk, the chances are you recall what you saw on the news last night. Scenes of conflict,...

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Building a Customer-Focused Business

July 14, 2017

In June, XL Catlin’s North America Construction insurance business hit a major milestone – it surpassed its USD 2 billion gross written premium mark. ...

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Count-down: New rules on data protection across Europe

June 16, 2017

First published in  POST Magazine. New rules on data protection will come into force in Europe next year. Sergio Pierro is a Professional Indemnity underwriter...

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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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The office printer: a weak link in your security regime?

May 31, 2017

First published by Strategic Risk.“First, I got control of their printers. Then, I got control of their network. Then, I got control of their data... Along...

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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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Mega Warehouses: Greater Volumes, Greater Risks

May 17, 2017

The trend in transport and logistics is unmistakable: bigger is better.Warehouses/fulfillment centers are becoming supersized in the same way that ships,...

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People risk: Well-being of mobile workforces

May 09, 2017

In a recent survey, Airmic- the UK risk management association - found that while business travel has increased by 25% over the last decade, just 16% of...

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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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Insuring Construction's Complex Risks

May 01, 2017

Construction is a complex sector to insure.  It’s inherently a risky industry given the nature of the work, especially with increasingly innovative and...

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Aviation kidnap and ransom risks gaining altitude

April 25, 2017

Business executives rely on commercial and private aircraft for safe and efficient transportation to international locations. But getting there is only...

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Executives can't dismiss cyber accountability

April 20, 2017

In the wake of the Yahoo data breaches in December of 2016, it is hardly surprising that yet another shareholder has filed a data breach securities class...

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A Decade Later: What the Virginia Tech Tragedy Taught Us ""About Active"" assailant Prevention and Response

April 14, 2017

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the mass shooting at Virginia Polytechnic University, a tragic event that claimed 33 lives on April 16, 2007 when...

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Emerging Risks Report: Q1, 2017

April 07, 2017

PDF Downloads:   -   ENGLISH VERSION   -   SPANISH VERSION   -   ITALIAN VERSIONXL Catlin’s Emerging Risk Task Force actively monitors a wide array of...

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Selling the London market to a new generation of talent

April 04, 2017

First published in  Insurance Day.Attracting and retaining top talent has always been a priority for the London market, and indeed the market’s reputation...

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Protection from Farm to Florist

March 29, 2017

Despite the fact in different regions it occupies different days across the calendar, Mother’s Day is widely recognized as a time to celebrate one’s mother,...

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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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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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Tapping the Right Resources for Career and Business Success

March 23, 2017

First published in Actuarial Review, March/April 2017. Copyright Casualty Actuarial Society. Used by permission.​Everyone has their own definition of career...

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Helicopter Risk and Rewards: Insuring Lift Off

March 20, 2017

Things that fly have always interested me. My parents said I began pointing at airplanes when I was 6 years old, and I've been fascinated by aviation ever...

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You Say Pollution. I Say Exclusion.

March 13, 2017

Think of a pollutant. What comes to mind? Is it glowing green plasma spilling over the side of a 55 gallon drum? Is it oil washing up on a beach? Asbestos?...

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Diversity in the Insurance and Reinsurance Sector – A Work in Progress

March 08, 2017

Say the words “gender diversity” to any senior female leader in the insurance or reinsurance sector, and most will take a deep breath. I believe the sector...

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Confident, Poised, Resilient

March 07, 2017

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global event that “celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” To mark the...

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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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'Fat Tuesday' events are not thin on risk

March 01, 2017

Wherever people gather, risks follow. In the season of Mardi Gras, large public celebrations occur around the world -- and a variety of risks, new and...

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Let's Talk: Engineering Property Risk

February 24, 2017

What is property risk engineering? Put simply, risk engineering is the practice of carefully analyzing a risk and looking for ways to avoid or minimize...

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Political Risk in a Disrupted Global Landscape

February 20, 2017

Support for populism and protectionism is becoming a major movement in nations around the world. In the United States, the new administration is widely...

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We need to listen to the fish

February 06, 2017

Are fish trying to tell us something important about climate change? We believe they are and we need to listen.Fish are a key indicator of change in the...

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What's a steering wheel?

February 06, 2017

For many people, seeing or riding in an autonomous vehicle will be their first direct encounter in everyday life with a sophisticated machine that incorporates...

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Will you be giving your kids cryptocurrencies for pocket money?

February 06, 2017

Aristotle was the first to elaborate on the concept of money as a medium of exchange and an instrument for storing value. He also noted that whatever form...

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The future of farming? Plant the sea.

February 03, 2017

Experts predict that agricultural production needs to increase by 60 percent in the next 30 years to feed a global population of nine billion people.That’s...

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Cyber coverage: What are companies looking for?

January 27, 2017

Amid the rising uncertainty of cyber risks, one thing is for sure: organizations have become much more sophisticated about buying cyber insurance.​There...

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Mind the Gap in Global Logistics

January 23, 2017

Manufacturers and shippers are going global.As inventories grow, shippers need sophisticated systems to manage it all, and many companies choose to outsource...

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One Size Shouldn't Fit All: Aboveground Storage Tank Risk-Based Integrity Assessments

January 18, 2017

For companies that have above ground storage tanks (ASTs) containing petroleum products and hazardous materials it is vital to have a proper integrity...

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Healthcare Data Breaches: Managing and Responding to Regulatory and Litigation Risks

January 10, 2017

A flurry of data breach activity has recently struck the healthcare sector, resulting in increasing litigation and regulatory scrutiny.  Healthcare companies,...

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Safety at Home during the Holidays

December 20, 2016

The December holidays can be a time for relaxing, spending time with family and friends and looking forward to the year ahead. Or binge watching that backlog...

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5 tips for safe holiday travel

December 19, 2016

More than 103 million Americans—the most on record—are expected to travel for the year-end holidays, according AAA, North America’s largest motoring and...

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Electronic Project Information Tracking: Do You Have the Access You Need?

December 01, 2016

Electronic project information tracking promises savings in time, money, accuracy and other aspects of project management. To take full advantage of this...

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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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One Belt One Road: Modern Risks along an Ancient Trade Route

November 14, 2016

The impact of reviving the Silk Road through Central Asia and sea trade routes across regional Asia has been the subject of much speculation. Less has...

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Setting the stage for the ILS markets next evolution

November 10, 2016

There are many factors which have set the stage for next evolution in the Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) market. ​The global capital markets seem to...

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Building an effective opioid and prescription drug management program

November 09, 2016

Power tools, raw materials and heavy machinery are combined to produce the unparalleled satisfaction of seeing a building reach higher, a highway stretch...

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When Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality become just Reality

November 01, 2016

First published in The Business Times Singapore.If the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality...

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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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Ocean warming poses major risks, study finds

October 21, 2016

 The ocean has inspired mariners, explorers, writers and countless others for centuries. It is Earth’s defining feature: nourishing life; regulating our...

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Ocean warming risk – why does it matter to insurance?

October 13, 2016

One of the things I’ve seen firsthand in my insurance career is the interrelated nature of risks; they rarely occur in isolation. A loss in one area often...

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Ransomware's Greatest Adversary: Employee Cyber Awareness

September 26, 2016

It’s every organization’s nightmare: something is intentionally preventing an employee from using its computer system normally. Whether access to the operating...

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On Our Radar: Artificial Turf

September 08, 2016

tr, td { border: 0px solid white !important; }The first type of artificial turf (or “Chemgrass” previously given brand name) was in the 1960s...

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The Outlook for Europe: More Intense and Unusual Rainstorms

September 07, 2016

A hard rain’s a-gonna fall​European rainfall is often determined by the location and characteristics of the jet stream. This varies over time and is driven...

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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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Design Professional Perspective: Waivers of Subrogation

August 18, 2016

When an insurance company pays for a loss, and someone other than its insured might be to blame, the insurance company can sue those responsible to recover...

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The impact of driverless trucks on motor truck cargo insurance_part 3

August 17, 2016

The leading cause of cargo loss is accidents. Accidents are generally the result of driver fatigue. While the DOT limits the number of hours a US driver...

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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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Midsize businesses face sizable cyber risks

August 10, 2016

A perfect storm of cyber risk is brewing for middle-market businesses, and many of them are unprepared.News headlines tend to emphasize data breaches at...

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The impact of driverless trucks on motor truck cargo insurance_part 2

August 08, 2016

“Going driverless” won’t happen overnight.  There are a number of stepping stones that will help get us there slowly, but surely.Daimler’s Freightliner...

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The impact of driverless trucks on motor truck cargo insurance

July 21, 2016

Work, work everywhere, But no drivers to haul my load;Work, work everywhere,As transportation manager, I want driverless trucks on the road.​A pun on the...

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Let’s Talk: Natural Perils

July 20, 2016

Catherine (Cat) Pigott leads a virtual team responsible for analysing and modelling natural perils. She is an actuary by training and a Fellow of the Institute...

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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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An expanded Panama Canal: Spurring infrastructure development and promoting trade

July 13, 2016

The Panama Canal opened in 1914 and today handles about one-third of the trade between Asia and the Americas. However, as globalization has driven the...

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Seeing opportunities amid Latin America's political risks

July 06, 2016

Foreign investors continue to see great opportunities in markets across Latin America, but they are keenly aware that one of the region’s major risks is...

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Specifics make the difference in cyber cover

July 05, 2016

If there ever was an insurance product where the devil is in the details, it’s cyber. How coverage is written has and will continue to determine whether...

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Ready or not: Hurricane season is here

July 01, 2016

With the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially underway, it’s important to make sure your business is prepared to handle potential high winds, heavy...

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Fireworks safety tips

June 29, 2016

Legend has it that fireworks were first used in China more than 2,000 years ago to frighten away evil spirits and as an expression of happiness and prosperity....

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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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AOB abuse - a homeowner's insurance nightmare

June 10, 2016

The Atlantic hurricane season is now upon us and with it the plethora of predictions and forecasts this year stating there will be average or above average...

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Americans with Disabilities Act & Online Business: Be compliant or risk a lawsuit or fine

May 19, 2016

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guaranteed that disabled people have a right of access to any public place. Until recently, the ADA has...

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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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Hurricane season 2016: Spotlight on flood exposure

May 16, 2016

The power of storm surges are well documented, from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Superstorm Sandy in 2012, when we all saw the destruction that the water...

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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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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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The Globalization of Environmental Protection

April 20, 2016

Origins in the 1960s​Two momentous trends with origins in the 1960s are beginning to converge: globalization and robust environmental protection.​Globalization...

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Cyber Claim Trend: Risks Go Beyond Data Breaches

April 11, 2016

When most people think about cyber insurance, they tend to visualize data breaches. In fact, less than one-third of the cyber claims we see are for breaches....

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The Balancing Act...

April 01, 2016

There is clearly immense growth potential for insurance and reinsurance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region given the current level of insurance...

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Do Increased Product Recalls Equate to Worsening Food Safety?

March 28, 2016

What do pistachios, cantaloupe, granola, sprouts, raw meal and flax powder have in common?These diverse foods were all implicated as sources of Salmonella...

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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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Design Professional Insights_ Working with Owner Reps

March 15, 2016

It is increasingly common for owners to hire an individual or firm to act as an owner representative (OR, owner rep).  The scope of services for owner...

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Religious Observance: What US Employers Need to Know to Prevent Discriminatory Practices

March 14, 2016

There were more than 1,300 class-action lawsuits against American employers in 2015.1 Some of the lawsuits were high-profile like the Abercrombie & Fitch...

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Cyber risk is bigger than an IT issue

March 10, 2016

One thing is becoming clear about cyber risks: the problem is much bigger than any organization’s information technology department.My background as an...

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IT Threats Mean Banks Need Tailor-Made Regulation

March 02, 2016

When I was growing up in the early 1980s, we were subjected to fanciful plot lines from far-fetched films, from Matthew Broderick hacking NORAD's computer...

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Don't Let the Shift Hit the Fan

February 25, 2016

Age: The Age-Old ProblemLook around your job sites. Under the hardhats, baseball caps and welding hoods. How much grey hair do you see? It’s probably quite...

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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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Up in... Dust: The Threat of Dust Explosions at Industrial Sites

February 17, 2016

At about 7:15 PM on February 7, 2008, a series of sugar dust explosions occurred at the Imperial Sugar manufacturing facility in Port Wentworth, Georgia....

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Shining a light on gems and risk

February 08, 2016

Wearing jewelry, a habit nearly as old as human history itself, is a form of risk taking. When we look closer, we see that manufacturers take risks to...

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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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Managing and Mitigating the Evolving Threat of Terrorism

January 28, 2016

Terrorism: A volatile and unpredictable riskTerrorism risk is similar in some ways to natural disasters – both tend to occur with some regularity, and...

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The Ransom Ruse: A virtual kidnapping crime wave

January 19, 2016

Traveling to Mexico City recently, an executive of a Fortune 500 company had just checked into the hotel and was preparing to do a little exploring of...

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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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Environmental protection in Latin America. Stronger laws. Greater enforcement. Increased liability.

January 06, 2016

One of the defining characteristics of Latin America is its diversity. Its environments are extraordinarily varied. Five of the world’s ten most biodiverse...

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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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Protecting Financial Institutions from being bamboozled, cheated or robbed

December 08, 2015

 For cash-strapped or simply dishonest individuals, working in a financial institution can be equated to a “kid in a candy store.”  Tempting.  Each year,...

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Keeping out of the Headlines

December 03, 2015

Each year, the UK’s Environment Agency (EA) receives reports of around 22,000 pollution incidents. That equates to more than 60 per day. Often the cause...

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Winter-Ready: Tools to lighten the (snow) load

November 30, 2015

Last winter was a nightmare.  In the US alone, there were 11 winter storms and cold waves in the first half of 2015, resulting in $3.8 billion in overall...

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Boosting Mobile Security and Awareness Reduces Risks

November 18, 2015

This article is reprinted from the Fall 2015 issue of Insights, a professional journal by the CPCU Society.  It has been reproduced here with the permission...

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Managing farm to fork risks: Dishing up Thanksgiving Day dinner

November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Day is a particularly American holiday, traced back to 1621, when the Plymouth colonists celebrated their first successful harvest in the...

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Does Your Supplier Program Comply with FSMA's New Mandates?

November 12, 2015

One of the most notable new mandates of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) preventive controls rule is the requirement for a supply-chain program,...

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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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The Next Great Idea

October 16, 2015

Bitcoins, although growing in popularity and consumer awareness, are hardly the currency of the realm, and their theft or loss is not something most insurers...

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On Our Radar:Trans Fat

October 13, 2015

In June 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) ruled to ban trans fat from hundreds of foods.  Food manufacturers, restaurants and others have...

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Let’s Talk: The real risks surrounding Environmental Pollution

October 12, 2015

Pollution; it can be a messy business. Many companies think they will never be involved in an incident and those that do acknowledge the threat often seriously...

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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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An Inside Job

September 15, 2015

No one likes to be duped.  It feels awful.   It’s especially painful to have the wool pulled over our eyes by someone that we trust, such as an employee. ...

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Let’s Talk: Bert Nelen and Pascal Matthey on the evolution of the maritime shipping industry

September 14, 2015

How has the maritime shipping industry evolved in the face of globalization? Bert: “The volume of material transported by ships has increased tremendously...

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Competing for fresh water in an increasingly thirsty world

September 04, 2015

The story of contemporary civilization begins with efforts to exploit water resources. The story also includes strife and conflict: Historians agree that...

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Recycling Real Estate

August 31, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently announced the award of $400,000 USD in Brownfield grants to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s North...

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MOSE: Keeping the sea at bay

August 28, 2015

An “amphibious civilization” in a symbiotic relationship with natureThe natural environment and its elements, particularly water, have always shaped Venetian...

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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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Reducing the Risk of Legionnaires Disease: A New Standard of Care for Designers

August 14, 2015

Even if you’ve never heard of The American Legion, a U.S. veterans’ organization, chances are you’ve heard of Legionnaires’ disease. The affliction was...

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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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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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Brazil needs better fire protection

July 23, 2015

In São Paulo, Brazil, a fire tears through a multinational food warehouse. Over 100 firemen fight wind-fueled flames as they struggle with the hydrant’s...

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Sprinkleranlagen: Eine Innovation die sich bewährt

July 16, 2015

London in Aufruhr: Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner beschwerten sich kürzlich medienwirksam darüber, dass ihr Bürgermeister zehn Feuerwachen geschlossen...

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Reduce risks to preserve summer fun

July 02, 2015

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere. That’s a popular season for many people, including me. It calls to mind a time of warm temperatures, vacation and...

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Good hospitality includes strong security

July 01, 2015

Hotels tend to be valuable assets housed in prime real estate with carefully and often expensive fixtures and amenities. But there is nothing more valuable...

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Diversity fuels innovation

June 23, 2015

“Diverse” isn’t a term that comes quickly to mind when most people think about the global insurance and reinsurance industry. Although our industry is...

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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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New EU Audit Directive: Skepticism, Transparency, Forced Rotation

June 18, 2015

Audit Reform: “Another Step Towards Restoring Confidence”Public faith in our financial institutions has been shaken in the past 15 years. Multi-billion...

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Building Alliances to Manage Risks

June 05, 2015

If I’ve learned one thing in all the years that I’ve studied the commercial insurance industry and the risk management profession, it’s that relationships...

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Progress Depends on Private Strength in Mexico

June 04, 2015

Mexico ended 2014 with a strong economy and a positive outlook. Just as the New Year’s celebrations subsided, the government responded to a sharp decline...

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Let’s Talk: Millennial STEM Talent

May 26, 2015

An interview with Sebastian Vinkenflügel, Loss-Prevention Associate, GapsCalling All Engineers!Global infrastructure expansion, digitisation, and conversion...

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Count the ways of cyber crime: How do they hack you?

May 22, 2015

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With Allergies Surging Food Industry Heightens Precautions

May 07, 2015

In the summer of 1483, according to chronicler Thomas More, Lord William Hastings was beheaded after the future king Richard III ate a bowl of strawberries....

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Ready for the future

May 04, 2015

One doesn’t prepare and position for the future by accident.  You make it happen.   And, after months of planning and preparation that is what we have...

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Celebrating 125 years of preventing losses

April 24, 2015

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Benjamin Franklin famously wrote.  Mr. Franklin believed in taking precautions.  His early fire protection...

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Sparks of Genius: The Rise of Risk Management Innovations in Insurance

April 24, 2015

Each year, some 18 million cars travel through the Lincoln Tunnel, under the Hudson River  to get to New York  from New Jersey or vice versa.   Interestingly...

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How the risk profession has evolved since Katrina

April 15, 2015

Risk managers and insurance professionals are preparing to gather for the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition...

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The Criminal Terrorist

March 30, 2015

Julian Davies was a Major in the British Army. He commanded a Parachute Regiment company in Kosovo and a helicopter squadron in Northern Ireland, before...

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Sharing ideas on the sharing economy

February 23, 2015

Sharing Means Profit…But Not Without RiskResults of this disruptive innovation have been extraordinary. Total revenues for the five most prominent sharing...

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If it sounds phishy, it probably is

February 16, 2015

Social engineering has become a global problem, and unfortunately for corporations, the fraud business is booming.The term “social engineering” refers...

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Managing the Costs of Construction

February 05, 2015

IntroductionIt should be no surprise to anyone reading this paper that containing project costs is an essential means of maintaining contractor profitability....

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Europe, the next frontier for e-Accounting…

February 03, 2015

OK, so it’s not rocket science, but e-Accounting has recently taken some giant leaps. For those of you scratching your heads, let me explain:  e-Accounting...

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Avoid repeating risks

January 29, 2015

In the 1993 comedy, “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray portrays a cynical weatherman who is fated to relive the same day over and over. He eventually learns...

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Hackers, Traitors, and Data Breaches

January 29, 2015

Our Cyber DependencyBusiness today depends on the cloud. But what the world has come to call the “cloud” is not really a cloud. It is a symbol for global...

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Cyber Shockers Infographic Breaches hit bottom lines

January 29, 2015

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Redefining Risk for Critical Infrastructure

January 23, 2015

Fukushima: A Wake-up CallFukushima was a wake-up call to Europe. Could a natural catastrophe cripple critical infrastructure (CI) in Europe, like power,...

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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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Silence is not golden when it comes to workplace bullies

January 15, 2015

Recent surveys say most adult American workers (72%) are aware of workplace bullying.  According to the Workplace Bullying Institute’s (WBI) 2014 Zogby...

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Spain’s Financial Lines market is picking up steam

January 09, 2015

In the second half of 2013, the Spanish economy has slowly started to recover. With a GDP rise of 0.4% in Q1 2014, it doubled the previous quarter’s growth...

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Making good decisions about risk

December 30, 2014

A popular habit at New Year’s is to make resolutions for the coming year. It’s not a bad idea, but many people, including me, have a hard time following...

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In the Numbers: Analytics Support Human Judgment

December 10, 2014

As pervasive as analytics and technology are today, it’s hard for many people to grasp that we didn’t always have the capability to capture and analyze...

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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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Could your roof collapse under heavy snow?

December 04, 2014

Around the world, shifting weather patterns are depositing heavy snow in unexpected regions, causing a rash of deadly and costly roof collapses. Business...

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Cyber Shockers

November 25, 2014

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Restoring Europes Aged and Stressed Infrastructure

November 21, 2014

Faded GloryEurope’s economy is on a painstaking road to recovery, marching on legs creaking with age. The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities...

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The Ultimate Captive Insurance Value

November 07, 2014

On November 11th-12th, captive experts from around the world will meet at the European Captive Forum in Luxembourg. Our Lead Consultant for Complex Accounts,...

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Aging Infrastructure

October 31, 2014

Follow the MoneyThe trend for infrastructure spending in the US has been on a steady downward path. The chart below illustrates U.S. public spending as...

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The Friday After-Hours Nightmare

October 29, 2014

It’s late on a Friday. XL Group learns one of the insurer’s large multinational clients operating in France has just leased a new location. They must have...

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A Pilot's Perspective on Aviation Risk

October 02, 2014

For thousands of years, humans have dreamed of and pursued flight, with varying success. As a pilot and an underwriter, I can relate to the desire to break...

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Fire Protections Biggest Game Changers

September 30, 2014

The 1871 Chicago Fire ranks as the third largest fire loss in the US, behind the World Trade Center fires in 2001 and the San Francisco Earthquake and...

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Sparks of Genius: What Benjamin, Samuel and Ebenezer Started

September 22, 2014

Homeowners insurance is big business in the US. In 2012 alone, it accounted for over $72 billion in premiums.1 However, today’s homeowner insurance policy...

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5 ways an iPad can improve risk engineering

September 19, 2014

With risks getting more complex and time becoming more precious, leveraging best-in-class mobile technology is changing the playing field in the P&C insurance...

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Mexicos Transformation Behind Every Great Project is a Serious Insurer

September 18, 2014

In December 2012, the tri-party “Pacto por Mexico”, provided a foundation for political, fiscal, banking, energy, and telecommunications reforms. Since...

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Sparks of Genius_Coffee and Cover

September 16, 2014

Insurance is almost as old as civilization. According to numerous sources, it goes back at least 5,000 years to Mesopotamia and the use of interest rates....

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Cyber Shock

September 04, 2014

  Fast Focus Although third-party liability coverage is important,...

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New EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines

August 14, 2014

On Monday, July 15, 2014, the federal government issued new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination. For the first...

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The Food Safety Revolution

July 31, 2014

Food, it’s big business. In the United Kingdom alone, consumers spend roughly £109 billion per year in major supermarkets [1]. For these consumers queuing...

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Spread risk awareness by turning others into risk managers

July 28, 2014

One sign of a successful risk manager is the existence of a culture of risk awareness in his or her organization. Such a culture generally leads to greater...

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Is the Smart City a Real Solution to Urban Problems?

July 23, 2014

Cities are hubs of talent, innovation, and progress. They create most of the world’s wealth, 70% of the global GDP. According to the UN, they also pump...

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Compressed Natural Gas: A New Environmental Risk?

July 22, 2014

The United States is seeing accelerated interest in use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel.  It is ever more prevalent with...

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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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More Volatile Political Risks

June 25, 2014

The global credit crunch of 2008-2009. The regime-toppling ripples of the Arab Spring that started in 2010 and continue to this day.  The Argentine president’s...

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On the Business End of a Stiletto: Could E-Tracking Cargo Save Your Life?

June 20, 2014

Mark Twain said: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”Thus fashion weathered the recession with positive, if not...

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Top 10 Ways for Design Professionals to Manage Risk and Prevent Losses

June 12, 2014

1. Eliminate liability illiteracyMake sure all employees learn how everyday business practices affect your exposure to risk. All must understand that claims...

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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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Healthcare Partnership_Risk Management for Healthcare Providers

May 19, 2014

XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd. has announced a partnership with The Sullivan Group, a leading provider of clinical risk management and patient safety services...

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Lost and Found: Considering all the costs of Search and Rescue

April 23, 2014

In 1656, the Dutch East India Company ship, Vergulde Draeck (aka Gilt Dragon), carrying trade goods and eight chests of silver worth 78,6000 guilders,...

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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 Diabetic Cyborg

April 17, 2014

The EpidemicThe WHO (World Health Organization) reports that 347 million people around the world have diabetes. Diabetics are twice as likely to die prematurely,...

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Looking Forward: D&B's Global Economic Outlook

April 11, 2014

If only we had a crystal ball.  Our decisions – both in business and life -- would be easier to make.  We’d have more information to give us clearer direction...

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Don’t Trade Uncertainty for Financial Loss

April 01, 2014

One of the benefits of insurance, in virtually any line of business, is that it helps policyholders to sleep soundly in an uncertain world. If something...

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All in the Genes: GINA Explained

March 24, 2014

Our eye color, stature and propensity toward one disease or another may very well be determined by genetics. Genes determine a lot about who we are, what...

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March Madness

March 17, 2014

They don’t call the NCAA Tournament “March Madness” for nothing.  Over a four week time frame, beginning in mid-March and culminating in the Final Four...

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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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Up in the sky its a drone

January 14, 2014

How likely are we to see drones in U.S. skies soon?Demand for drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is growing very quickly, but unfortunately...

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To Share, or Not to Share?

January 06, 2014

Mammoth Prototypes of Single-Supplier RiskIn quick succession, first the volcanic ash from Iceland in 2010, and then the 2011 tsunami in Japan followed...

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XL at The World In 2014: The New Risks of an Interrelated World

January 02, 2014

Recently, XL was pleased to sponsor The World in 2014, a conference produced by The Economist to discuss the state of the world today, and make predictions...

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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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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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Innovation in Insurance

December 10, 2013

 “Innovation” is a word used so often that it leaves many people jaded. While innovation is undeniably important in moving economies and businesses forward,...

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Bigger Greener and More Intelligent Air Travel

December 02, 2013

Empty Coffers and the Capacity CrunchIn April 2013, the Skytrax survey of 12 million airline passengers confirmed that 12 of the best 25 airports worldwide...

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Stay Ahead of the Storm

November 21, 2013

What’s in a name?  If it’s named Boreas or Cleon, it could be freezing temperatures, several feet of snow and hurricane-force winters capable of downing...

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Cybercrime is the greatest threat to an organizations' survival today

November 19, 2013

Technology is ever evolving and our reliance on it opens an organization’s vulnerability to cyber attack through greater online presence, broader use of...

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BYODs Blurred Lines

November 18, 2013

Getting the latest technology has become a bit of a sport. Tech-savvy individuals keep a close ear to the ground on new launch dates, strategize on store...

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The Great Wail of China

November 12, 2013

Economy Exceeds ExpectationsIn 1978, the economy and morale were still feeling the effects of over a decade of Maoist policies. Home to nearly a billion...

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3D Printing: The Holographic, Green City

November 06, 2013

Hundertwasser’s Dream The Austrian-born painter and architect who dubbed himself Friedensreich Hundertwasser was convinced that dreary, repetitive, unimaginative...

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Coming Soon to America: Energy Independence

October 23, 2013

“Given America’s huge appetite for fuel, energy independence has always seemed more of a dream that a realistic prospect. Yet, energy independence is starting...

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Know your risks when dealing with employees

October 09, 2013

Employee/employer courtroom drama can be found easily in today’s headlines. In June, the US Supreme Court made headlines by announcing two rulings that...

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In Regulation it is a Gift to Be Simple

October 04, 2013

There's a tried-and-true rule for those lost in the woods: Walk downhill until you find running water, and follow that water until you find civilization....

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Risk of Short Term Thinking in Insurance

October 01, 2013

If ever there were an industry where quarterly reporting of results brought unintended consequences, it would be insurance.For many industries, quarters...

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How to Make Friends and Influence People on Social Networks

September 25, 2013

Human Nature in a Virtual World2.4 billion of the world’s 7 billion citizens are internet users.Google alone process 100 billion searches per month, 3.3...

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Are you prepared for Food Safety Modernization Act

September 23, 2013

The US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents the biggest change to the legislative landscape for the food and beverage sector since 1938. FSMA...

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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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3D Printing the Human Body

September 13, 2013

The skull: the guardian and cradle of our most precious human organ, the brain.An average anatomy class of 100 students shares 5 skull models. Now 3D-printed...

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3D Printing The Dawn of the Bespoke Era

September 12, 2013

Disruptive TechnologyDisruptive technology is innovation which upends an industry, engenders an entirely new market, or fundamentally alters the way society...

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Limmex: A Swiss Beacon of Hope for the World?

September 04, 2013

The Aging Global PopulationPeople are getting older. According to the World Health Organization, by 2050, the number of people over 60 will more than triple,...

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Genome Sequencing: What It Could Mean For Health and Human Rights

August 08, 2013

Disruptive TechnologyDisruptive technology is innovation which upends an industry, engenders an entirely new market, or fundamentally alters the way society...

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The Globetrotter’s Guide to Property Risk: XL Group’s Location Management System

July 15, 2013

The dashboard voice escorts drivers seamlessly through foreign territory to new destinations. You may call it Gloria, or a slightly less charitable name...

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CSR by Nigel Bamber

July 11, 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a phrase which has, over the past decade, become increasingly heard in the boardroom. Whole sections of annual...

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Knowledge Power Beyond Intuition

July 05, 2013

The Sprinkler Revolutionized Fire Fighting To protect his piano factory in New Haven, Connecticut, Henry Parmalee invented the automatic fire-sprinkler...

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A Formula for Success in the Insurance Industry

June 01, 2013

Greg Hendrick, President, P&C - Insurance & Reinsurance, was the Keynote Speaker at a recent Advisen’s 2013 State of the P-C Job Market Conference, sponsored...

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All the Likes in the World

May 13, 2013

Disgruntled customers and employees have substantial power in the world of social media. A number of companies have recently found themselves ‘cleaning...

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assurance de bijoux au Festival de Cannes

Grand-messe du cinéma mondial, le tapis rouge du Festival de Cannes dévoile chaque année  les parures les plus belles et les plus précieuses.  Des bijoux...

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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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Crimes ciberneticos na America Latina

O negócio está crescendo!Em meados de julho, foi noticiado que a apresentadora de um dos mais populares telejornais brasileiros foi vítima de um hacker...

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Como evitar una crisis de viaje_ consejos para que sus viajes internacionales sean seguros y protegidos

 Usted piensa que nadar en la piscina del hotel sería relajante. Deja su teléfono celular en su habitación y se dirige a la piscina. Al regresar a su habitación,...

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Hail Hail the Gangs are here

<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="color: #151515;">It was quite the disappearing act.&nbsp; More than USD 80 million vanished from the Bank...

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Publicado pela primeira vez na Digital Insurance Magazine, 21 de agosto de 2017Em 1990, quando estávamos levantando capital para Soluções de Gerenciamento...

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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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Vamos falar de preco

Como em qualquer discussão sobre as condições de mercado após uma série de catástrofes, estamos conscientes do enorme sofrimento, incluindo perda de vidas,...

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Lets Talk Programmes internationaux et RC aux Etats Unis

Les États-Unis sont l’une des plus grandes économies au monde. Il est donc naturel que nombre d’entreprises cherchent à s’y implanter. En même temps, l’environnement...

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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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Por que estan estos riesgos emergentes bajo nuestra lupa Q2

El Emerging Risk Task Force de XL Catlin supervisa de forma activa un gran número de riesgos emergentes para proporcionar a nuestros suscriptores y clientes...

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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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Ethics codes changing to reflect an evolving society

A/E professional organizations are updating their codes of ethics to address the issues at the forefront of our culture and climate. Several professional...

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