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What drives the costs of benefits plans?

It's hard for administrators to control benefits plans costs and enhance employee value simultaneously.

  • By: Staff
  • April 26, 2013 August 21, 2018
  • 05:59

Big dreams, low risk appetite

A couple asks for help with ambitious retirement goals.

  • By: Katie Keir
  • April 17, 2013 September 6, 2018
  • 05:55

15 tips to protect your client’s home

Almost half of all home insurance claims are the result of water damage, finds Aviva Canada Inc.

  • By: Staff
  • April 11, 2013 August 21, 2018
  • 05:59

IBC pushes for competitive auto insurance

IBC pledges to work with officials to protect drivers from scams and reduce insurance rates.

  • By: Staff
  • February 20, 2013 August 21, 2018
  • 11:08

Desjardins raises permanent insurance and CI rates

This marks the fourth round of LCOI price changes on UL policies.

  • By: Staff
  • February 14, 2013 August 21, 2018
  • 17:34

Disability’s an important sale

Low long-term interest rates, introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards and unprecedented market volatility have created an uncertain environment for Canadian insurers and advisors.

UPDATED: IDC WIN acquires Strategic Brokerage Services

IDC Worldsource Insurance Network has acquired the MGA business of Calgary-based Strategic Brokerage Services. The transaction also includes the business of SBS West, an associated…

  • December 3, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 17:44

Sandy caused millions in Canadian damages

The estimated insured property damage caused by Sandy in Ontario and Quebec amounts to approximately $100 million.

  • By: Staff
  • November 28, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 10:04

Onex to acquire U.S. insurance leader

Onex Corporation has agreed to acquire one of the top ten U.S. providers of insurance brokerage services.

  • By: Staff
  • November 26, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 09:52

Cope with a shrinking insurance market

In today’s market, insurance providers are facing major hurdles.

  • By: Katie Keir
  • November 22, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 05:59

Empire Life restricts GMWB deposits

The pool of guaranteed income options is shrinking in Canada, and those in existence are being fine-tuned by the few companies still offering them.

Help your senior get insurance

If your clients older than 65 are applying for insurance, underwriters are mainly concerned about unexplained falls.

You need a Plan B

Do you have a contingency plan in place for critical illness, disability, or death?

4 carriers adjust guaranteed and level cost products

Persistent low interest rates continue to cause problems for insurance companies.

  • By: Staff
  • November 13, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 11:12

Long-term care needs reform: C.D. Howe

A new report calls for innovative reforms to LTC to prepare for the coming surge in demand for services.

  • By: Staff
  • November 12, 2012 June 17, 2018
  • 05:59

Standard Life posts strong performance in Q3

Standard Life Financial saw its premiums and deposits reach $1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2012.

  • By: Staff
  • October 31, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 10:12

Ontario hikes insurance premiums on small employers

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will be increasing mandatory insurance premiums on small business employers, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).…

  • By: Staff
  • October 25, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 06:00

What’s the cost of employee benefit plans?

Many employees place almost as much value on workplace benefits as they do on salary. In a 2011 survey asking Canadians if they’d forgo them…

Avoid the year-end insurance panic

It’s the beginning of the third quarter, and the big year-end push is on.

Lunchtime takeaway: How long will you live?

Life expectancy for Canadians varies regionally.

  • By: Staff
  • September 27, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 11:30

How to get insurance claims paid

If disability impedes work performance, a claim can be made for cost of hiring additional staff.

  • By: Al Emid
  • September 27, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 06:00

Pensions turn to alternatives to boost returns

Almost half (48%) of defined benefit plan sponsors plan to increase their allocation to alternative investments as they seek long-term returns less correlated to public…

  • By: Staff
  • September 20, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 12:28

Why retirement’s now a moving target

There was a time when age 65 symbolized the finish line for one’s working life. A point where people dropped out of the rat race,…

  • By: Staff
  • September 18, 2012 August 21, 2018
  • 15:28

Take no chances

Put long-term-care insurance in retirement plans.

Insuring luxury items

Specialty insurers explain how and why to protect your luxury valuables—everything from an inherited ceramic vase to vintage movie posters