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True Tales of the Data Breach Hotline

January 14, 2020

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

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2019's Top Cyber Risks: Finding solutions in vulnerability

December 16, 2019

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

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Savvy global travelers have a trained eye on Political Risk

December 03, 2019

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

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Baden-Baden: Exploring the trends in European reinsurance

October 28, 2019

This month sees the annual reinsurance meeting in Baden-Baden. Following preliminary discussions in Monte Carlo in September, reinsurers, cedants and brokers...

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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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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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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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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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Insuring the intangible

December 21, 2018

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

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Property Perspectives: Preparing Southeast businesses for the unexpected in NatCat

November 29, 2018

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

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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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Specie insurance: A valuable form of coverage

August 03, 2018

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

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Insuring property in the state of extremes

August 02, 2018

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

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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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Welcome to the Upside Down: Proof of Concept Purgatory

June 29, 2018

As I connect with startups and entrepreneurs who are building insurtech companies and ask about their progress thus far, I hear a common refrain:“We’ve...

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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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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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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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Building codes: Necessary but sufficient?

February 05, 2018

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

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Solar Panels: A New Challenge for Firefighters

January 19, 2018

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

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Public/private partnerships offer advantages for political, credit risks

December 20, 2017

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

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CIAB COUNCILcast with Martha Notaras of XL Innovate

December 04, 2017

The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) recently sat down with Martha Notaras, Partner at XL Innovate. Hear her insights on market trends and...

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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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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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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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Show me the money! The impact of securities class actions on the Australian D&O Liability insurance market

October 17, 2017

Welcome to the second instalment in the XL Catlin/ Wotton + Kearney white paper series on securities class actions and their impact on the Australian Directors’...

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Insurance on purpose: Disrupt to attract next generation industry talent

September 25, 2017

I recently met with a talented job candidate. She was finishing up her MBA at Harvard and we discussed her dissertation.  It was aimed at disrupting the...

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Commercial bonds free up capital to help businesses grow

September 18, 2017

From midsize businesses to multinational corporations, the cost of capital has a big influence on their ability to grow. Often, contractual obligations...

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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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Political risk insurance aids global infrastructure spending

August 01, 2017

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

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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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Emerging Risks Report: Q2 2017

July 07, 2017

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

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Static Electricity: An Unpredictable and Often Overlooked Hazard

July 06, 2017

One of our clients had a faulty forklift battery that it planned to return to the manufacturer. Per the manufacturer’s specifications, they put a plastic...

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Asset managers: Are operational risks keeping you awake at night?

June 29, 2017

In recent years, uncertain economic and political environments have made people reticent about investing. And when they do invest, buyers are looking for...

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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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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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Captives in global programmes

May 23, 2017

First published in Commercial Risk Europe. For risk managers, a captive insurance company is a useful tool to coordinate an international insurance programme...

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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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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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Lessons in Environmental Claims

April 04, 2017

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

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Amid expected regulatory changes, environmental risks remain

March 29, 2017

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

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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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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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Let’s Talk: Global programmes and claims management

January 17, 2017

First published in Commercial Risk Europe.  When a risk manager buys an insurance policy, he or she is buying a promise to pay valid claims but also in...

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

November 09, 2016

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

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Blockchain: The Next Disruptor?

October 19, 2016

Multi-party commercial insurance is extraordinarily process intensive.Quoting, binding, servicing and managing a commercial insurance program is a complicated...

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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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Minimizing Matthew's Mess

October 05, 2016

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

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Cyber Risks and Reinsurance

August 26, 2016

Surveys of risk managers routinely rate cyber risk or cyber liability among the top ten risks facing companies today. And not surprisingly, options for...

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The Full Cost of Cargo Thefts

August 03, 2016

Stand and deliver …​“Highwaymen” have been plying their trade throughout Europe for hundreds of years; the word first appeared in print in 1617. For today’s...

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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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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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UK Insurance Market – what could the future hold?

May 24, 2016

The UK’s economic performance in the last quarter of 2015 was encouraging, if not mixed. Output increased in two of the main industrial groupings - namely...

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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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That sinking feeling...

April 05, 2016

Recent winters have seen widespread flooding across the United Kingdom caused by heavy rain, high waves, and strong winds. In addition to causing considerable...

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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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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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Cyber security in Asia

January 11, 2016

Asia has been slower in mitigating against cyber-security lapses than other countries, as there have been comparatively fewer cases of cyber-attacks in...

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Five things your Board wishes you'd told them about Operational Risks insurance

November 06, 2015

Financial Institutions may receive little sympathy these days, but they’re going through a tough time. Regulatory supervision is becoming increasingly...

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Innovation in Financial Institutions Insurance

November 03, 2015

When I first started in financial institutions’ insurance (at a large broking house a couple of decades plus ago), I was guided to past bankers blanket...

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The cost of uncertainty: Ex-Im Bank and why political and trade credit risks need reliable, flexible solutions

October 15, 2015

Whether sourcing materials or selling goods and services across borders, few companies today are not involved in global trade and investment in some form.In...

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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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Video: How Operational Risk Insurance Adds Value

July 06, 2015

 Operational risk insurance  solutions: strategic, transparent, and adding value: Watch the videos. Meet the experts.   ...

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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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Is Cyber Liability Coverage as Essential as PandC Coverage

May 18, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Risks and Rewards of Recycling

November 13, 2014

According to the Municipal Solid Water (MSW) site1, Americans generated 251 million tons of trash in 2012. While 53.8% of it was discarded in landfills...

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Cyber Shock

September 04, 2014

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

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Redefining the Swiss Private Bank

September 02, 2014

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

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Australia plans to up the ante on polluters

August 21, 2014

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

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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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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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Seeing the Big Picture in Risk

May 29, 2014

One of the great advantages in managing risk is seeing things that others do not or seeing them before others do. Sometimes organizations miss the big...

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Never Mind the Silos: Collaboration across lines _

May 16, 2014

It’s 1975 in Chelsea. A swaggering youth walks into the clothing boutique SEX owned by Malcolm McLaren wearing a homemade t-shirt bearing the legend “I...

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Deep Pockets picked to pay for pollution clean up

May 13, 2014

On October 28, 2013, twelve former directors and officers of bankrupt Northstar Aerospace agreed to pay a total of $CAN 4.75 million to the Ontario environmental...

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XL's Mike McGavick Challenges Insurers to be Daring Innovators

May 05, 2014

In recent episode of A.M. BestTV, Michael S. McGavick, chief executive officer of XL Group Ltd, explains how insurers should look to be more daring and...

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Safer Roads in a Driverless World?

April 11, 2014

Our Future: Giles, the Driverless CarGiles pulls up to the curb. He scans your body to verify your identity and gauge your mood—the right music makes the...

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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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The Age of Innovation in China and India

March 13, 2014

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

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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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Let's not lose it this Christmas...

December 17, 2013

It’s not often you can open quoting John Lennon, but I can’t resist…So this is Christmas! And yes, I am sure we have all already had some fun celebrating...

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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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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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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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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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Batten Down the Hatches

May 13, 2013

On August 21, 2012, a Category 5 windstorm shredded roofs in Miami-Dade County. The good news is that the Category 5 windstorm was a simulation. Only two...

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Die Prognose fur Europa Heftigere und ungewohnliche Regensturme

Es wird ungemütlichNiederschläge werden in Europa oft von der Lage und den Eigenschaften des Jetstreams bestimmt. Dieser verändert sich mit Laufe der Zeit...

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El seguro para emisiones de valores la solucion aseguradora para la salida a Bolsa de las empresas espanolas

En 2015, un total de 24 sociedades españolas decidieron salir a Bolsa. Mediante este proceso, los propietarios ponen a la venta la totalidad o una parte...

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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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Les PME francaises et lassurance du dirigeant

Les petites et moyennes entreprises françaises voient souvent l’assurance Responsabilité civile des mandataires sociaux, ou RCMS, comme une curiosité –bien...

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Los riesgos emergentes que estamos observando y las razones por las que lo hacemos

Blockchain: ¿el futuro de las transacciones? Blockchain es un libro de contabilidad o base de datos seguro y descentralizado que almacena y monitorea...

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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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Der Wert von Versicherungscaptives

Am 11. und 12. November treffen sich Captive-Experten aus aller Welt auf dem European Captive Forum in Luxemburg. Da XL Group sich bereits lange mit Captives...

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