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Not fade away: Finding ways to slow down colour degradation in important works of art

January 21, 2020

It is a sad fact of life that the pigments used by some of the world’s most important nineteenth century artists have faded, and the vibrant colours artists...

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A shame to throw it away

October 28, 2019

What happens when a work of art gets damaged? Can it be restored to its original condition? Would that be expensive? What does the owner think? And what...

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

August 19, 2019

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

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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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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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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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Commercial bonds ensure good things happen

July 22, 2019

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

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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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Let's Talk: environmental liability

July 02, 2019

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

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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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Taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing

June 25, 2019

Wellbeing is a concept that is growing in importance for employers across the UK. A workforce that is healthy, both physically and mentally, is a more...

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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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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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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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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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With a little help from your friends: The big business benefits of Employee Resource Groups

May 06, 2019

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” That’s a quote from 19th century Irish author and poet Oscar Wilde. It’s a quote that reminds us to be...

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Can blockchain help art underwriters?

April 25, 2019

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

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A Passion to Protect: the issue that unites all collectors

April 24, 2019

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

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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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Promoting financial security and resilience in a fragile land

April 16, 2019

If you ask farmers how they view the future, their responses usually don’t overflow with optimism. That’s especially true for those working on small plots...

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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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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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Closing the gap: Why UK clients need to think about environmental coverage

March 28, 2019

It has now been 15 years since the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) came into force across the EU. The directive enforces the so-called “polluter-pays...

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Venezuela: A land of risks and opportunities

March 27, 2019

Observing Venezuela’s spiral from political and economic chaos into a full-blown crisis, it’s easy to dismiss the notion that investors have anything to...

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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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What’s yours is mine: The risk of expropriation, what companies need to know

March 12, 2019

Our newsfeeds these days seem to be teeming with stories about political risk and a rise in protectionism to changes in governments, there is a lot for...

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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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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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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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Fighting sprinklered fires

February 22, 2019

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

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Belt and road how risk managers can use global programmes in a transforming region PT

February 07, 2019

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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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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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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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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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Ensuring the Fun Factor

July 31, 2018

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

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Catalyzing change

July 23, 2018

This article was first published as part of a larger KPMG International report called Accelerated Evolution: M&A, transformation and innovation in the...

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Why contractors big and small should protect themselves from pollution risk

July 10, 2018

Once viewed as expensive and unnecessary, insuring one’s business from a possible pollution condition at a job site is now seen as a business essential...

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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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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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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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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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Using non-payment insurance to extend lending capacity

April 30, 2018

The global economy has expanded rapidly over the past twenty years, spurred by, among other factors, the reduction of trade barriers, the opening of China’s...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blazing a trail in fire protection engineering

September 26, 2017

Tina King wears many hats.  She’s a risk consultant; a professional engineer; a technical advisor and a valued instructor.  And now, as a result of all...

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

August 16, 2017

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

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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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People Risk Management – Translating Rhetoric into Reality

April 19, 2017

“Our people are our most valuable asset.”You see it on websites. You’ve heard business leaders say it in public forums. It or a similar statement is probably...

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The Perils of Misdeclared Cargo

March 14, 2017

The paperwork said the container contained calcium chloride, a harmless chemical. In fact, it contained calcium hypochlorite. Calcium chloride or calcium...

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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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8 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipe Damage on Your Property

January 27, 2017

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

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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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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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Banks: The Benefits and Risks of Outsourcing

October 10, 2016

The regulatory framework has evolved considerably over the last few years and banks now find themselves under increased scrutiny by regulators, as they...

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Seven Fire Prevention Lessons Learned

October 06, 2016

Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15, 2016) was designated to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of October 8 -10, 1871. It killed 300 people; left 100,000...

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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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Captives Approach Middle-Age

June 24, 2016

Many captives for large corporates were formed in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Over that time we have learned a lot about the various administrative...

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Travel Crisis Averted: Tips to keep your international travels safe and secure

June 21, 2016

You’ve decided a swim in the hotel pool would be relaxing. You leave your cell phone in the room and head to the pool. After returning to your room, you...

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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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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 Problem Look around your job sites. Under the hardhats, baseball caps and welding hoods. How much grey hair do you see? It’s probably...

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Focus on Nigeria

February 24, 2016

Nigeria is the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, but has been hit hard by the oil price rout which historically accounts for over 90% of exports and...

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Breathe Easier: Knock out Legionella Risks

November 23, 2015

Legionella  bacteria are one of the top three causes of non-epidemic, community-acquired pneumonia, and are cited as the indoor building contaminant bacteria...

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Driverless Trucks and Motor Truck Cargo Insurance

November 02, 2015

In May 2015, Daimler began testing what it called the world’s first, licensed autonomous truck on Nevada public roads. Promotional material1 for the Daimler...

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

February 13, 2015

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

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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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Don't Let Your Ho Ho Ho Turn into Bah Humbug

November 10, 2014

As we head into this holiday season full of family, joy and celebration, it is a good time to remember to be smart and cautious in the cyber world.  This...

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Envisioning Sustainable Infrastructure: An Interview with Tim Psomas

November 10, 2014

Envision™, the rating system developed by the non-profit Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), has credentialed some 1,800 Envision Sustainability...

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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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Documentation as Defense against Construction Defect Claims

October 31, 2014

Strong documentation is one of your best defenses against construction defect claims/expenses. It can support that you built a structure right in the first...

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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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Black Swan Blackout

October 01, 2014

A black swan event, according to Nassim Taleb, is a highly improbable event with a massive impact. A supraregional blackout that stops every life-sustaining...

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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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What your Facebook page reveals about your restaurant

August 06, 2014

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

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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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Up in the Air The emerging risk of drones in the construction industry

July 21, 2014

What is a Drone?Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or “UAVs”) are changing the way construction companies do business. For the purposes of this article I will...

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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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Let's Talk about Risk

March 31, 2014

A staggering variety of tools designed to provide insight and help improve decision-making is available to risk managers today. Most of them utilize advanced...

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The good the bad and the ugly

March 27, 2014

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

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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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Energy Meets Technology

March 18, 2014

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

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The Value of a Robust Risk Culture as Times Change

March 03, 2014

Proposed regulatory updates and initiatives coupled with an uncertain economic outlook have added new layers of complexity to our own risk management processes. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Reforme de l audit

La confiance de l’opinion publique dans nos institutions financières a été ébranlée au cours des quinze dernières années. La situation n’a pas cessé de...

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