Insurance industry hiring to hit record levels in 2018, survey

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A new outlook survey predicts this year will see insurers working to fill more jobs than ever before. Insurance industry hiring is taking off at a powerful rate, causing insurers to face a number of challenges. They are working to fill positions such as actuaries, underwriters and in claims and sales. A new survey shows that these employers are facing a string of challenges bringing in new hires. The 2018 Insurance Industry Employment and Hiring Outlook Survey predicted a trend toward record insurance industry hiring this year. However, experienced talent…

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IBM and ANZ combine efforts to develop insurance blockchain solution

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The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group intends to improve insurance industry efficiency. IBM has teamed up with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) to create an insurance blockchain solution. Its purpose is to enhance insurance industry efficiency levels. Also involved in this partnership is Suncorp New Zealand, a financial services firm. The insurance blockchain solution is meant to make it possible for premium payments and data to transfer more easily between insurers and brokers. This could result in a more transparent and much faster process overall. The…

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Unfair insurance practices earn Wells Fargo a $1 billion fine

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The banking giant’s latest penalties are for having sold unnecessary auto insurance to customers. Wells Fargo has been slapped with a $1 billion fine for its unfair insurance practices. Thousands of the bank’s vehicle loan customers were sold additional unnecessary auto insurance policies. Those car owners ended up paying much more for their vehicles than was necessary. Among those Wells Fargo customers, thousands ended up having their vehicles repossessed as a result of the unfair insurance practices. The fine was laid down by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well…

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Idaho kids health insurance system may have been overpaid

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The federal government claims it paid $3.1 million too much, thought the state disagrees. A federal agency claims it overpaid the Idaho kids health insurance program by $3.1 million from 2010 through 2013. This, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit. Idaho completely disagrees and says that all the payments it received were fully justified. The kids health insurance audit suggested that there was an overpayment and that it was Idaho’s fault. The report indicated the state should be…

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California insurance market third largest in the world

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The state’s insurers collect $332 billion in premiums every year, said the commissioner. The California insurance market now has an annual premium volume higher than ever before. The volume has now reached $332 billion, said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. This figure brings the state to the position of being the third largest market in the world. The California insurance market is the largest in the United States. That said, while that figure from the California Department of Insurance (CDI) does sound impressive, knowing what that represents on a global scale…

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Walmart health insurance acquisition talks underway with Humana

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The largest retail chain in the world is reportedly in early-stage negotiations with the insurer. A new Walmart health insurance company may one day form if its acquisition of Humana is successful. The Wall Street Journal reported that the retailer was in talks with the insurer for precisely that purpose. Reuters soon after reported that the companies were working on a possible partnership without ruling out an acquisition. Humana’s shares skyrocketed by up to 13 percent during the trade hours following the reports. The Walmart health insurance talks also gave…

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Nestle thinking of selling off its Gerber Life Insurance

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The company’s board of directors is looking into options for that business, including its sale. Nestle’s board of directors is looking into various different options concerning its Gerber Life Insurance business. The company has not ruled out selling off the business as it works to try to adjust its product portfolio. The purpose of Nestle’s efforts is to enhance the effects of a broader organic sales growth strategy. The portfolio management which includes the decision of whether or not to sell the Gerber Life Insurance business is meant to help…

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The Wells Fargo scandal continues to bite with 38,000 erroneous letters mailed

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The auto insurance scam involved selling unnecessary coverage and now includes sending letters containing mistakes. The Wells Fargo scandal that rocked the financial services company in the second half of last year just became more unpleasant. As the bank attempts to recover from the latest damage to its reputation in which auto loan customers were sold insurance policies they didn’t need, they’ve now made another mistake they didn’t need. The bank accidentally sent out letters about the auto insurance scam containing erroneous information. The Wells Fargo scandal involved requiring car…

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Car insurance rates and clothing prices affect inflation

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These consumer prices are having a direct impact on the rate of inflation, say economists and analysts. According to recently released American economic data, car insurance rates and clothing prices are impacting the rate of inflation. Not including energy and food, U.S. consumer prices increased by 0.3 percent in January. Food and energy were left out due to their volatility. That most recent price jump represented the fastest monthly increased experienced in a year. The consumer price spike will likely only worsen concerns regarding the financial markets. According to the…

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Bitcoin theft insurance becomes growing product worldwide

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Major insurers worldwide are offering policies to help investors protect against cryptocurrency heists. Bitcoin theft insurance is becoming a growing business as global insurers offer cryptocurrency investors and business coverage against theft. Providers are taking on a number of different challenges as traders pour billions into buying and selling these barely regulated and highly volatile digital currencies. At the moment, only a handful of insurers are selling the policies, but many more are coming soon. Among the Bitcoin theft insurance companies currently selling include Chubb, XL Catlin, and Mitsui Sumitomo…

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