The Allstate Corporation boosts support to business ownership diversity

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The insurance company has focused on a corporate bond offering comprised exclusively of MWVBEs. The Allstate Corporation recently priced $1.2 billion of 5-year and 10-year senior notes via a syndicate comprised of exclusively minority-, women-, and veteran-owned business enterprises (MWVBEs). The insurance company’s move represents a first of its kind bond offering of this size. The Allstate Corporation’s bond offering is the first of this size with exclusive management by MWVBEs. It represents a substantial step in underscoring the insurance company’s focus on diversity and equality. “It is time to…

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Walmart pet insurance launched as pandemic animal adoptions spike

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The retailer is offering coverage through Petplan and is also offering the Rover feature for services. Beyond buying kibble and leashes at the retailer, customers can now purchase Walmart pet insurance to help cover veterinary costs in the case of unexpected illness or injury. The retailer spotted the appeal of the coverage as the pandemic has caused animal adoptions to skyrocket. The Walmart pet insurance is launched at the same time that the Rover service has become available to connect customers with services such as dog walkers and sitters. The…

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Marsh report showed US commercial insurance prices spiked in Q3 2020

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There was an increase of 18 percent, primarily driven by higher property exposure rates. American commercial insurance prices rose by a striking 18 percent in this year’s third quarter, said a recent Marsh LLC report. The driving forces behind this sharp rise was higher rates for property exposures as well as for both financial and professional lines, said its authors. There was a 24 percent increase in US business property rates in the third quarter, said the report. That 24 percent property rate increase represents the largest spike in this…

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Lloyd’s of London insurance marketplace acknowledges historic ties to slave trade

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The 334-year-old firm and Greene King have pledged to make amends for their pasts. The massive Lloyd’s of London insurance marketplace and Greene King have announced their intentions to make amends for their involvements in racist history, particularly the slave trade that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries. The firms have been forced to take a hard look at the disturbing portions of their company histories. The insurance marketplace and the owner of a string of pubs and breweries are both taking a closer look at the role…

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The pandemic hasn’t stopped auto insurance claims satisfaction from rising

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Consumers continue to be increasingly pleased with the quality of their experience, says JD Power. The pandemic hasn’t stopped steady improvements in auto insurance claims satisfaction from continuing this year. In fact, the reduced number of filings may have contributed to this trend. Fewer claims have given insurers the opportunity to fine tune their customer service. As a result, insurers are able to provide higher quality claims service, leading to improved auto insurance claims satisfaction among customers. The J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study recorded a 22 percent…

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Hispanic representation is particularly low in insurance industry diversity: study

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New Marsh and LAAIA research showed that this demographic is underrepresented and under supported. Insurance industry diversity and inclusion are among the leading themes for companies and organizations in 2020, and as such, many are seeking to understand those who have been underrepresented and under-supported. Companies are seeking to evaluate methods of addressing issues of discrimination and representation. The results of a new Marsh and Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies (LAAIA) study has revealed that Hispanic professionals are among those least represented in insurance industry diversity and inclusion efforts.…

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Employer sponsored health insurance costs are up 4 percent this year

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The Kaiser Family Foundation data also showed that they have risen by 55 percent in 10 years. Employer sponsored health insurance costs have been rising steadily for Americans, having increased by 4 percent to $21,342 this year, according to a recently published Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study. The annual KFF survey found that workers are paying almost $5,600 for their coverage this year. KFF’s annual survey determined that American workers are paying almost $5,600 int their employer sponsored health insurance for family coverage. In 2010, that figure had been closer…

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