Kidnap insurance protects companies in the case of ransomware

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Businesses that have not purchased cyber insurance policies are looking to alternative coverage for WannaCry losses. Companies without cyber insurance are reportedly making claims through their ransom, extortion and kidnap insurance policies in the hopes of recouping losses from WannaCry and other ransomware. The issue is that cyber insurance can be costly and businesses operating outside the U.S. rarely buy it. Aside from the expense associated with cyber insurance, many companies don’t think to buy it as they don’t feel that they would be the target of this type of…

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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions after an early start

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The majority of meteorologists are predicting that this year won’t be as active than 2016. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season had an early beginning but meteorologists think it won’t be as active as last year. The number of hurricanes and name storms will be about average. That said, there are still a handful of meteorologists who think it will be slightly more active than normal. In fact, unlike the majority of weather experts, Global Weather Oscillations predicted that the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season would be the most active in the…

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Why New York crop insurance should matter to craft beer enthusiasts

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The state’s industry risks running out of one of its key locally grown ingredients if farmers can’t find coverage. The average person likely doesn’t have much interest in New York crop insurance, believing it to be the business of farmers and politicians. However, a recent development has brought the issue closer to home in a very visible way. Malt barley crops are seen as a risky type of crop for local farmers who hesitate to grow it without coverage. Farmers are reluctant to grow the malt barley crops because of…

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Strange insurance claims rise as a result of fur, feathers and creepy-crawlies

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Everything from peacocks to bedbugs are leading to a rise in filings with insurers in the United States. Strange insurance claims resulting from animal-related incidents are on the rise in the United States. Everything from aggressive peacocks to hotel room bedbugs are sending people to their insurers for reimbursement of their losses. This insurance data was published by Allianz SE in a report based on a recent study it conducted. Strange insurance claims in the United States involving bedbugs rose by 50 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to Allianz…

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Private crop insurance companies see shrinking returns

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These insurers have experienced a notable drop in their returns since the SRA was renegotiated in 2010. Private crop insurance companies are experiencing a notable downward trend in their return figures. This has been a consistent situation since the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) was renegotiated in 2010. The SRA renegotiation between insurers and the federal government marked a significant change in the direction of that business. The change in returns have also aligned smoothly with the Risk Management Agency’s benchmarks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency laid out…

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SpaceX pre-launch liability insurance massively increased following FAA requirement

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A new mandate was put into place which increased the minimum coverage requirement by five times. SpaceX changed its launch schedule to today at 1:35am but was required to carry far more pre-launch liability insurance than it previously held. The launch had been postponed as a result of high winds at Cape Canveral. SpaceX will webcast the launch so it can be viewed live. The original launch had been scheduled for March 14, but the delay was considered necessary. This particular mission was created to add the Echo Star XXIII…

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Cyber insurance market growth is fast and healthy, says Swiss Re

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As worries over the impact of a hack, data breach or other similar risks, firms are insuring themselves. Swiss Re released a statement describing considerable growth trends in the cyber insurance market. The reinsurance firm pointed out that businesses are starting to see the importance of coverage in an environment where risks are skyrocketing. The Zurich-based giant it pointed out that the cyber risks are rapidly rising in their complexity and frequency. The Swiss Re Sigma report titled “Cyber: Getting to grips with a complex risk,” provided considerable insight on…

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Crop insurance coverage spared 21,000 jobs in drought-plagued 2012

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A new Farm Credit Services of America reported the employment savings across four U.S. states. Farm Credit Services of America recently published a report about the difference crop insurance coverage made in the United States during 2012. That year, despite the worst droughts experienced in 2 decades, the insurance policies saved almost 21,000 jobs across four states. The 20-page report provides a breakdown offering insight regarding the crop insurance program history. The crop insurance coverage analysis dates back to the program’s beginning in the 1930s. It started with the Great…

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Event insurance policy for Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl gig may cost over $100k

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Her rooftop stunt may be flashy and exciting but it can also bring massive profits to insurers. On February 5, Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show and will require a substantial event insurance policy for the performance. She intends to perform on top of the NRG Stadium cover dome in Houston. Organizers are scrambling to assemble plans to safely put her on the dome in the first place. While it’s clear that every measure will be taken to ensure Lady Gaga will be safe the entire time,…

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Marijuana insurance industry is taking off like wildfire

Medical Marijuana Insurance Industry

This emerging market is rapidly growing strength throughout the United States with legalized cannabis. The marijuana insurance industry has exploded since certain forms and uses of medicinal cannabis received approval. That said, there have yet to be many participants in this particular part of the market. Still, there are a few players that have been carving their way into medicinal marijuana policies and coverage. Even before Lloyd’s of London stepped into – and then departed – the marijuana insurance industry, there was already a firm called New Wave Insurance taking…

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