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Mastering the Peculiarities of Growing Specialty Lines Takes Time, Talent and Discipline

October 17, 2019

The specialty lines business may be small, but the margins can be impressive where carriers are successful at it. Being successful requires understanding certain peculiarities and honing a special discipline toward product development.

Read full article with contributions from OneBeacon Specialty's Jeff Richardson in Carrier Management.

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Biometric Security: A Never Changing Approach to Security

October 8, 2019

Protecting and controlling access- whether to an office building or an operating system- is an ever evolving security challenge. With ongoing advancements in technology, the option to utilize biometric security controls is becoming more widely available.

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Intact Financial Corporation to acquire leading specialty insurer The Guarantee Company of North America and Frank Cowan Company Limited

August 15, 2019


  • Adds attractive surety business and expertise on both sides of the border
  • Enhances specialty lines with public entity capabilities and adds an MGA to the platform
  • Expands Intact's personal lines offering in Canada with high net worth products
  • Delivers a return on capital above Intact's threshold and immediate accretion to NOIPS
  • Strong financial position maintained, with over $1 billion of capital margin after closing
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In the News

Postmates to Offer Benefits to Gig Workers

August 14, 2019

Postmates Inc. will offer occupational accident insurance benefits this fall to fleet members, the company announced Tuesday. The San Francisco-based company, which uses gig economy workers to deliver food, groceries, alcohol and more to individuals via an app, has about 350,000 independently contracted drivers.

Read full article featuring Accident & Health’s sharing economy solution.

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News Release

Intact Financial Corporation reports Q2-2019 Results

July 30, 2019


  • Net operating income per share increased 4% to $1.44, with strong net investment income and distribution results
  • Strong premium growth of 8% was fuelled by improving market conditions, with strong growth in commercial lines across North America and accelerating growth in personal lines
  • Combined ratio of 97.0% reflects strong underlying performance in personal auto offset by 3.7 points from an increase in reserves for prior years; solid results in commercial lines in Canada and the U.S.
  • Strong financial position with $1.3 billion of total capital margin and operating ROE of 12%
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News Release

OneBeacon Insurance Awards Sixteen College Scholarships

July 9, 2019

OneBeacon Insurance Group has recently awarded sixteen $2,000 college scholarships: eight to the children of OneBeacon employees and eight to children of the company’s distribution partners. Recipients were selected based on criteria such as academic performance, leadership roles and participation in school and community activities.

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3D Metal Printing: Driving the World of Manufacturing Forward

June 12, 2019

3D printing technology is probably one of the greatest inventions of our lifetime. Given its potential “to revolutionize the way we make almost everything,”1 it is developing rapidly. That evolution has repositioned this once prohibitively expensive resource as affordable, making it accessible to many, manufacturers and consumers alike. The immediate challenge that people new to 3D printing face is distinguishing between its different processes and materials. In fact, the term 3D printing is actually an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of 3D printing processes. This paper will focus on 3D metal printing.

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News Release

James Hamilton Joins OneBeacon Financial Institutions as Vice President

June 11, 2019

James Hamilton has joined OneBeacon Financial Institutions, a member of OneBeacon Insurance Group, as Vice President overseeing regional operations, and contributing to the management of the company’s public bank and insurance company portfolio. Hamilton reports to Kevin Koehler, President of OneBeacon Financial Institutions.

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News Release

International Marine Underwriters Introduces Enhanced Ocean Cargo Coverage

May 22, 2019

International Marine Underwriters (IMU), a member of OneBeacon Insurance Group, has introduced an enhanced Ocean Cargo policy designed to address the needs of an increasingly global ocean marine market and enable customers to easily review coverage details on a redesigned form.

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Intact Financial Corporation reports Q1-2019 Results

May 7, 2019


  • Net operating income per share of $0.73 was impacted by severe winter weather
  • Premiums grew 6%, driven by rate increases across our Canadian businesses in hardening market conditions, and strong new business growth in U.S. commercial
  • Combined ratio of 101.5% reflects the impact of elevated weather losses in Canada while underlying performance improved across the business; U.S. profitability improvement plans are on track with a combined ratio of 94.0%
  • Strong financial position with $1.4 billion of total capital margin and operating ROE of 11.9%
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