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Global Economic Outlook – December 2018

Global Economic Outlook – December 2018

The bright outlook presented in May has proven true but clouds are quickly gathering on the horizon. In an increasingly uncertain environment, there is no room for policy mistakes. Following a robust expansion in 2017, global economic momentum has been more or less maintained in 2018 but is set to increasingly lose steam through 2019. Risks to the outlook continue to mount, especially stemming from the unfolding US-China trade war. In a more challenging global environment, it is increasingly clear that the room for policy mistakes is limited. Poor policymaking has already translated to crises in several emerging economies and potential for policy missteps such as trade policy in the US and populist policies in Italy could have global ramifications. Global GDP growth is forecast to slightly accelerate to 3.1% in 2018 from 3.0% in 2017. In 2019, the world…read more →

Simple Ways To Prevent Identity Theft

Simple Ways To Prevent Identity Theft

“Identity theft” is just what it sounds like; it’s the process of stealing someone else’s personal information (or their identity) for financial gain. From drained bank accounts to poor credit ratings and even legal issues, identity theft can have some serious implications. Outsmart fraudsters by understanding the kinds of information they’re looking for and some simple steps you can take to prevent identity theft. Identity thieves are looking for as much personal information as they can find, but according to the RCMP , they’re especially interested in your: full name date of birth Social Insurance Number (SIN) full address mother’s maiden name online usernames and passwords driver’s licence number personal identification numbers (PINs) credit card information bank account numbers signature passport number     To protect your private information and prevent identity theft, keep these tips in mind: Keep track…read more →

International Insurance Newsletter | December 2018 Edition

International Insurance Newsletter | December 2018 Edition

International Insurance Newsletter | December Edition Recent Successes: Bound Property and Liability policies as part of Controlled Master Programs for a high-end clothing retail store with multiple outlets in Korea. Placed a full suite of local coverages for an agribusiness fish farming operation in Jamaica. Bound local Property policies in Macedonia and Mexico as part of a Controlled Master Program for a multinational specializing in inflator technology for automotive airbag applications. Somaliland An Islamic insurer has been established in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, backed by some of the largest players in Africa’s insurance industry. The new company, called Horn of Africa Insurance, offers automobile, property, medical and marine insurance along Shariah rules. The insurer will operate in a region where most vehicles are uninsured, and most cargo coming into the country is uninsured. Nevertheless, a compelling need for insurance…read more →

This Holiday Season Reduce Your Exposures During Work Events

This Holiday Season Reduce Your Exposures During Work Events

Businesses host parties for a variety of reasons, including the holidays and organizational accomplishments. While these events are fun, team-building opportunities, they can create a number of risks for the hosting company. In fact, in the event that an employee is injured at the party or causes property damage, the employer is usually the one held responsible. This can lead to costly litigation and reputational harm that can affect a company for years. To avoid major losses, it’s not only important for employers to secure the right insurance coverage for every individual risk, but to also have a thorough understanding of common holiday party exposures. Alcohol Anytime you provide alcohol to individuals in a non-commercial manner, you are considered a social host. This is important to note, as a social host may be responsible for the acts of their guests…read more →

Personal Insurance Newsletter | November 2018

Personal Insurance Newsletter | November 2018

Save on your car insurance this winter It’s no secret that getting from point A to point B in the middle of a Canadian blizzard can be tough. Thankfully, there’s one simple step you can take towards a smoother, safer — and even cheaper — winter drive: installing a set of quality winter tires. All Ontario car insurance companies are required to offer a winter tire discount – usually about five per cent. Why use winter tires? As the temperature drops, all-season and summer tires can stiffen and start losing their elasticity, which can lead to decreased traction and poor performance. The rubber used in winter tires, on the other hand, is designed to stay flexible even in extremely chilly weather, so you’ll get a better grip on that slippery side street. Are winter tires good for driving on ice…read more →

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