USAA insurance company offered military members financial help during shutdown

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The insurer was providing interest-free loans to military members whose paychecks were impacted by the government shutdown. Military members whose paycheck depends on the government staying open had a bit of help from the USAA insurance company. The insurer offered military members interest-free loans to help them to fill the gap until they start getting paid again. USAA members in the armed services were essentially offered interest-free payday loans. The money wasn’t being handed out for free, but the USAA insurance company did provide armed services who wouldn’t be paid…

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Auto insurance refund on the way to many customers who bought via car dealer

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Suncorp and Allianz will be repaying $63 million to customers who purchased through dealerships. Allianz and Suncorp are required to pay an auto insurance refund total of $63 million to customers who purchased coverage through their car dealers. The repayment is a part of a crackdown from a corporate watchdog worth $120 million regarding financing and insurance add-ons at dealerships. An investigation was conducted regarding many questionable practices such as car dealer sales tactics. Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) senior exec, Michael Saadat, is responsible for overseeing insurance companies,…

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Iowa insurance commissioner cautions against cryptocurrency investments

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Bitcoin and other cryptos have seen hot headlines but many think they’re in a bubble that will burst. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen issued a consumer bulletin warning state residents against investing into cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin unless they understand the risks. The insurance commissioner pointed out that there is a meaningful difference between IPOs and ICOs. According to the Iowa insurance commissioner, people need to know the risks associated with investments into cryptocurrencies before putting money into them. This is a very new market and concept. They are not…

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U.N. Security Council’s decision against North Korea includes insurance sanctions

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The vote was unanimous throughout the council in response to Pyongyang’s choice to launch more ballistic missiles. The U.N. Security Council gave its unanimous approval to strengthening measures against North Korea, including insurance sanctions. This decision was in response to the country’s most recent ballistic missile launch. Pyongyang claims those it is now capable of sending those missiles to any part of the U.S. mainland. The U.N.’s Security Council resolution also includes strikingly lower caps on refined oil to North Korea. Aside from considerably tightened refined oil restrictions, North Korea…

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Wells Fargo could face additional sanctions due to auto insurance practices

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The bank may be facing even more penalties from a federal regulator due to mortgage and insurance scandals. Wells Fargo & Co. may already have faced penalties for its mortgage and auto insurance practices but they don’t seem to be over yet. A federal regulator may be applying more sanctions to the bank as a result of practices that have come to light over the last few months. Among the car insurance practices was one that forced car loan customers to pay for unnecessary coverage. Last week, the Wall Street…

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SmarterSafer coalition calls for U.S. flood insurance reform, facing December deadline

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Recent efforts to overhaul NFIP has reached a struggling point, but one business group wants to push ahead. The latest shot at American flood insurance reform has come across a serious obstacle in its attempts to move ahead. However, a business and environmental groups coalition has strengthened its call for an overhaul to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They’re pushing for lawmakers to make much needed changes to the program before its December expiry. The flood insurance reforms need to be made before December 8, 2017 if they are…

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Allianz reveals self insurance products blockchain prototype

Allianz blockchain self insurance products prototype

The global insurer has unveiled a new type of prototype designed for up and coming forms of coverage. Allianz has unveiled a brand new type of blockchain prototype which has been designed for self insurance products. It was first announced yesterday and reflects a new form of insuring customers that many predict will be a defining way for the industry to move ahead. The prototype makes it possible for a company to create a self insurance or captive type of policy. Using this form of blockchain prototype, Allianz can equip…

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Wholesale insurance brokers face investigation conducted by UK FCA

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The Financial Conduct Authority held a much anticipated examination of that brokering market. The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) started an investigation into wholesale insurance brokers. This long anticipated examination of the insurance brokering market is expected to find answers regarding a number of reports. This includes claims from a top executive that there is “abusive behavior” going on. The FCA said the review’s terms of reference would be published today at 7:00 GMT. The FCA promised that it would look into the wholesale insurance brokers market as early…

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Wells Fargo auto insurance product scandal will now lead to $130 million in payments

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The financial giant released a securities filing at the end of last week with its updated estimates. The Wells Fargo auto insurance product scandal has received a fresh update as the bank updated its payment estimates in a recent securities filing. The document revealed the financial giant’s intentions to pay a total estimated $130 million to affected customers. That new figure represents an amount that is $50 million greater than previous estimates it released. The auto insurance product in question has since been discontinued. The premiums associated with its coverage…

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Munich Re profits likely to suffer as a result of 2017 hurricanes

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Harvey, Irma and Maria will take their tolls on the insurance and reinsurance giant. One of the largest insurers in the world has stated that hurricanes would cause it to suffer a loss as Munich Re profits prove inadequate. The company said its 2017 third quarter would record a loss as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The insurer predicts that the hurricanes would cost $3.1 billion in its covered insured damages. These damages occurred in the United States and the Caribbean and the size of the losses…

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