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BMO is winding down reinsurance business as climate change risks rise


The Bank of Montreal has decided to exit the majority of its business that provides insurance to insurers, saying climate change is at least partly to blame.

BMO chief executive Darryl White noted during a quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday that the lender, Canada’s fourth largest, had previously said it was reviewing ways to keep its reinsurance business more consistent.

“In light of the environment in the reinsurance sector, performance is no longer meeting our risk-return expectations, and so we’ve made the strategic decision to exit the majority of this business,” White told analysts."

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