Earthquake insurance and preparedness low in Israel, despite risk

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The region typically experiences large quakes every 80 to 100 years and is now coming due. In Israel, preparedness and earthquake insurance to protect against a major quake remains too low. The State Comptroller, Yosef Shapira has now issued a warning to the country that preparedness is entirely inadequate. This is a serious problem as the country is now considered to be due for a major earthquake. Earthquake insurance coverage is only one of many steps residents and businesses could take to protect themselves. Over the last week or so,…

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Iran insurance processing may soon be blocked on Lloyd’s IT platform

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Sanctions from the United States will likely get in the way of using the platform for this purpose. New U.S. sanctions will likely make it impossible to purchase any form of Iran insurance using a Lloyd’s of London platform. This will only worsen struggles for European insurers that have been providing Iranian coverage. The sanctions are being re-applied by the United states after it backed out of the nuclear deal. President Trump walked out on the Iran nuclear deal in May. The remainder of the world powers that originally joined…

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Canadian life insurance companies no longer equate marijuana use to “smoking”

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Changes to the country’s laws and social attitudes have brought about change in industry policy. Life insurance companies in Canada have traditionally labeled cannabis users as being “smokers.” However, a recent change in the country’s industry has changed this situation among many insurers. Smokers are typically penalized by life insurance companies and, until recently, that included pot users. The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association director of health and disability policy, Joan Weir, explained in a CBC report that many life insurance companies have stopped equating light marijuana use with…

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Japanese pet insurance market takes off due to high vet costs

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Veterinary bills are on the rise in Japan, sending dog and cat owners to buy policies to help cover expenses. Considerable advances in veterinary care have helped dogs and cats to live longer, boosting the Japanese pet insurance market well beyond where it was only a handful of years ago. Longer lives and improved veterinary care has sent the price of pet health care skyward. Since veterinary care now comes with a higher expense, Japanese pet insurance policies have taken off. The reason is that dog and cat owners are…

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Alibaba and Tencent’s insurer rolls out blockchain health insurance technology

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The new infrastructure tech is already being used with 100 hospitals in China. ZhongAn, a massive insurer in China, recently started using blockchain health insurance technology in a partnership with 100 hospitals. The insurance company is a massive one, providing infrastructure to 10 local providers. The importance of this technology in the Chinese and global insurance sectors The insurance industry, the health care industry and technology are deeply intertwined among each other. They are now dependent on each other as well. Now, Alibaba and Tencent’s insurer has entered into one…

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Royal wedding excitement reminds couples to review insurance and important documents

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This weekend’s marriage between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was an important reminder to everyone. Couples around the world swept up in royal wedding excitement are encouraged to look at their own relationships. All the details surrounding the royal wedding were a great reminder to check our own important details such as insurance coverage and wills. We may not need billions in hired security, but we do need to keep our affairs in order. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle planned their wedding over months. Details included everything from the standard…

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Wildfire insurance problems persist 2 years after Canadian Fort McMurray Disaster

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After flames ripped their way through entire neighborhoods of the Alberta town, rebuilding is been slow. Two years after the devastating Fort McMurray fire in Canada, wildfire insurance problems continue to plague homeowners. In fact, only 20 percent of the destroyed homes are rebuilt. The northern Alberta saw 2,579 homes completely destroyed by the wildfire that struck in 2016. The destruction produced the highest wildfire costs in Canada until that time, as Live Insurance News reported. Donations to support those whose homes were ravaged poured in from across the country…

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Auto insurance customers in Ontario, Canada overpaying by $5 billion

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A new Ontario Trial Lawyers Association says policyholders have paid far too much over five years. Ontario, Canada auto insurance customers may have been overpaying by as much as $5 billion on their premiums. This figure accumulated over the last five years, said a new Ontario Trial Lawyers Association report. Claims continued falling as car insurance company profits grew significantly in that time. At the same time that auto insurance customer were making fewer claims, insurers were making more money. In fact, according to the report, insurer profits rose to…

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Royal baby boy delivery expenses lower than those of average US woman

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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s healthy son was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the birth of the youngest royal baby boy. The newborn was delivered in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital just like his brother George and sister Charlotte. Despite the baby’s royal status, his birth likely cost less than what is charged to the average mom in the U.S. The cost of 24 hours in a deluxe room for a non-cesarean…

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Allianz token in testing for internal money transfers

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The insurance giant is trying a new blockchain-based internal token to overcome funds transfer challenges. A new Allianz token is being tested by the insurance giant for moving money among its global affiliates. The concept used blockchain tech to allow the company’s worldwide locations to exchange money without currency conversions among other challenges. Allianz is using this token to get past a number of costs and inefficiencies related to international funds transfers. The Allianz token is meant to be used only within the company itself. It is not launching a…

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