Metromile partners with Ford for pay per mile insurance

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The automaker is offering the coverage along with the sale of all its new connected cars. Ford is offering new car buyers an opportunity to use pay per mile insurance to safe money on their auto coverage. As millions of Americans have changed their driving habits and are working from home, there may be an opportunity to save on lower annual mileage. The automaker is offering the coverage through Metromile start-up auto insurance company. The partnership between Ford and Metromile may make it easier for drivers to access the pay…

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Tencent’s WeSure insurance platform faces misleading marketing fine

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The Chinese parent company behind WeChat and QQ is facing disciplinary action from Beijing. Chinese tech giant Tencent owns an insurer called WeSure insurance, which lets consumers purchase various forms of coverage online. They can make these purchases via QQ or WeChat, the company’s social media networks. That insurer has been slapped with a fine for running a marketing campaign that was misleading. The fine is a reflection of Beijing’s determination to firmly regulate the largest internet market in the world. That said, the fine against WeSure insurance was only…

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Cyber insurance policies are rapidly producing more claims in the EU

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The number of filings insurers are receiving across Europe has seen a sharp increase. European insurers are receiving a much higher number of claims on cyber insurance policies, reflecting an increase in malicious digital attacks. Organizations are increasingly digitized and are facing growing vulnerability to attacks. This new cyber insurance policies data was a part of the findings from Marsh, Wavestone, and CMS law firm research. It involved an analysis on claims data managed by Marsh across the EU. The data showed that the claims growth rate over the last…

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New FTJ/FLS Vice President To Lead Technology Efforts

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (August 3, 2020) – Forrest T. Jones & Company, Inc. (FTJ) and Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company (FSL) have appointed Chayan Dasgupta as vice president overseeing information technology (IT). Dasgupta, who goes by “CD,” will provide strategic leadership as a member of the FTJ/FSL executive team and manage a department of nearly 50 IT professionals. He will report to Brad Jones, FTJ/FSL Vice President. Dasgupta joins FTJ/FSL after more than 12 years at Overland Solutions, a leading provider of underwriting support services in the property and casualty…

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Elon Musk announces another attempt at Tesla car insurance

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This time, he is promising a “major insurance company” despite the failure of last year’s rollout. Tesla is pushing forward for a full Tesla car insurance product that will use data collected using its vehicles about the habits of its drivers. The goal is to use real driving data to provide policyholders with lower premiums than traditional insurers. “We’re building a great, like a major insurance company,” said CEO Elon Musk when speaking about the Tesla car insurance to investors during the second-quarter earnings conference call. This occurred on the…

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Walmart Insurance Services subsidiary launches for policy sales

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The retail giant will be selling health plans directly to consumers, said a company spokesperson. Walmart Insurance Services, a subsidiary of the retail giant, has now launched and will start selling its health plans to consumers, confirmed a spokesperson. Media reports suggest that the retailer’s subsidiary will sell Medicare Advantage plans. The Walmart Insurance Services name filing was made with the Arkansas Secretary of State on June 26. This filing was made by Walmart Apollo, the company’s intellectual property holding company. That said, the filing didn’t receive much media attention…

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Unemployment insurance fraud spikes as identity theft rises in pandemic crisis

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North Dakota is a clear example of this troubling trend throughout the first half of 2020. Identity theft has become much more prevalent during the pandemic crisis, leading to a tremendous surge in unemployment insurance fraud filings. Claims of identity theft have taken off during the first six months of 2020. The Consumer Protection Division of the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office has processed more claims relating to identity theft in the first half of this year than in any other complete year on record, said attorney Parrell Grossman, speaking…

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