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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UK insurance industry unprepared for Brexit, less than a year away

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Without access to the European Union’s single market, U.K. financial firms will face unprecedented struggle. Ireland’s Central Bank Deputy Governor Ed Sibley voiced his concern about the financial and insurance industry challenges following Brexit. He stated that with less than a year before the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, banks and insurers remain unprepared. Sibley said the EU should not attempt to stop U.K. banks and insurance companies from the single market. Sibley’s financial and insurance industry warning is in direct opposition to certain E.U. opinions. Some E.U.…

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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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India’s crop insurance program fanfare fades with shrinking coverage area

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The Narendra Modi government’s scheme was highly popular when it first launched but is getting smaller. India’s crop insurance program first launched two years ago. At that time, it was tremendously celebrated and highly popular. That said, this year it has experienced negative growth. The reason is that its coverage area has dropped to 24 percent of the gross cropped area (GCA) from 2017 to 2018. This is considerably smaller than the 2016 to 2017 year when it had been 30 percent of the GCA. The target for the crop…

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Canadian car insurance company discovers “pervasive” scams in Toronto auto shops

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An insurer north of the border has investigated a string of fraud cases regarding deliberately damaged cars. A Canadian car insurance company recently held an investigation into auto body shops within the country’s largest city. Aviva Canada determined that a tremendous number of auto repair businesses are involved in scamming the insurer. The insurer determined that auto body shop workers were billing for unnecessary work or work not done. The Aviva car insurance company determined that half of the total expenses it received for crashed vehicle repairs were fraudulent. The…

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Women hold only one in five top insurance industry jobs

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A recent UK study showed that despite an overall industry gender balance, top jobs belong mainly to men. Of every five top insurance industry jobs four are filled by men and only one is filled by a woman. This, according to a recent study in the United Kingdom. This reveals a gender imbalance within this industry that was not entirely obvious to spot. The reason is that when looking at the employment data across the entire insurance industry, women and men fill nearly the same total number of jobs. However,…

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