Allstate loses long-held second place in home state Illinois auto insurance market

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The insurer has long held the number two position in the state, but Progressive’s growth was faster. Progressive has, for the first time, taken Allstate’s position in its Illinois auto insurance home state market. Based on a key measure, Allstate has lost the position it has been holding for decades. Based in Cleveland, Ohio Progressive now provides Illinois auto insurance for a larger number of vehicles than Allstate, which is based in Northbrook. This tally uses the figures filed with the state Department of Insurance. Possibly more importantly, Progressive’s rapid…

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Allstate issues caution against contractor and insurance fraud following severe weather

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The insurer has shared tips to its policyholders to help protect themselves against scams. The severe weather that struck the southern and middle states has provided a considerable opportunity for scammers interested in ripping people off through contractor and insurance fraud. Allstate is hoping that more people will learn its tips to keep themselves safe from scammers. The insurance company has issued these tips to equip Americans with the information they need to spot scams and stay away from them. Insurance fraud is already estimated to have reached about $40…

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Put a Dent in the Efforts of Car Hail Damage Fraudsters

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Whenever hailstorm clouds gather, responsible car owners take note of how they can best protect their cars. Your car may not come out unscathed if it is outside when the storm hits. In addition to worrying about your car, you actually need to be aware of scammers who will take advantage of a widespread storm by perpetrating fraud. However, you can deal with this stressful situation by raising your antennae when an unknown fixer knocks on your door. Here are some tips for spotting storm-damage scammers and what to do…

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Moody’s expects Winter Storm Uri to result in billions in insured losses

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The massive freeze and snowfall were particularly hard on Texas, though it struck much of the South. The powerful cold weather nicknamed Winter Storm Uri, smashed across the middle and Southern United States last week, leaving Texas especially devastated. According to Moody’s Investor Services, the insured losses from the weather will be in the billions. Winter Storm Uri, brought “snow, ice and some of the coldest temperatures in decades, particularly in Texas and across the Southern U.S.,” said the Moody’s report. This was particularly true on Valentine’s Day and through…

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Allstate and State Farm take on tens of thousands of Texas storm claims

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The insurers have deployed claim centers and technology to support affected policyholders. As Texas storm claims come rolling in by the tens of thousands, insurance giants like Allstate and State Farm have deployed staff and technology to meet policyholder needs. Allstate has deployed six mobile claim centers into the areas most heavily affected by the storms. The six Allstate mobile centers have been deployed for Texas storm claims in the areas most heavily affected in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin. Each of them has carefully included COVID-19 safety measures.…

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Climate change is likely increasing flood insurance rates quite a bit this year

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The federal government is examining the cost of coverage on April 1, with data suggesting premium hikes. Much of the country is expected to see increasing flood insurance rates this year in order to cover rapidly rising costs resulting from climate change, according to new data that will create a substantial political struggle for the Biden administration. NFIP would need to raise its premiums by four times for covering high-risk homes in floodplains. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will need to send its premiums sky high in certain areas…

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Lloyd’s warns of Internet of Things device threat to insurance industry cyber risk

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IoT gadgets are raising the threat of attacks and breaches to industrial and manufacturing businesses. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are raising insurance industry cyber risk, according to a new Lloyd’s report published in conjunction with CyberCube cyber analytics specialist, and Guy Carpenter reinsurance broker. As digital threats become increasingly complex, insurers are warned to better understand emerging risk. The Lloyd’s report was titled “The Emerging Cyber Threat to Industrial Control Systems”. It outlined the need for insurers to better understand the evolution of threats and how this sophistication changes…

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