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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Will insurance industry giants continue to be “too big to fail”?

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A new memo is currently circulating to propose legislation removing that status from massive insurers. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is circulating a memo to remove insurance industry giants from their “too big to fail” designation. The memo stated that proposed legislation would take that status away from even the biggest insurers in the country. The designation was granted to MetLife, AIG and Prudential immediately following the recent financial crisis. A regulatory consortium, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, deemed the insurance industry giants as “systematically important” to the American economy. That…

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Two-tier insurance company capital standards proposed by Fed

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The concept is to treat exceptionally large firms differently from others within the industry. The Federal Reserve proposed new insurance company capital standards as a part of a two tiered system that had already been expected for the industry and that is expected to provide significant protection for the American economy. Within this system, major insurers are going to have different capital requirements applied to them. Prudential Financial Inc. and American International Group Inc. will both have different insurance company capital standards applied to them due to their size and…

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Insurance losses could be as high as $70 billion in the US from one peril

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According to a report from Lloyds, if the power grid in the United States were to be attacked the cost would be massive. Lloyds of London has now released a new report that has shown that if the Northeast U.S. power grid were to fall victim to a cyber attack, the insurance losses would be tremendous and far-reaching. The economic losses that would occur from such an event could actually reach a trillion dollars. Beyond financial disruptions, there would also be issues with water supply and transportation. The insurance losses…

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Insurance industry has trouble engaging millennials

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Insurers find it difficult to connect with a new generation of consumers The insurance industry has been providing coverage across a wide variety of sectors for countless years, but never before in history have insurers had to deal with a generation of consumers that are obsessed with technology and their invincibility. Gallup conducted a survey recently highlighting the difficulty insurers are having with connecting with millennial consumers, those born in 1980 through 1996. These consumers have proven difficult to engage, which has left the insurance industry somewhat disconnected from this…

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Insurance companies aren’t ready for climate change

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A new report has shown that insurers in the United States aren’t prepared for risks associated with global warming. According to a report that was recently produced from a survey conducted by Ceres, an environmental investigator advocacy group, the majority of American insurance companies are in no way prepared to address the types of risks that could arrive as a result of climate change. This study determined that this could bring about widespread negative consequences in dealing with this important issue. Ceres surveyed 330 different insurance companies that represent about…

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Insurance industry benefits from favorable economic climate in the US

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Report shows that new jobs have been added to the insurance sector A favorable economic and business climate has had a beneficial impact on the insurance industry last month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report that shows that the insurance industry has added thousands of new jobs in June, marking modest growth for the industry and highlighting economic activity. The demand for employees among insurers has begun to rise, especially in the health sector where insurers are being forced to comply with new regulations coming from…

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US insurance industry oversight increase sought by Treasury

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It is looking for a larger role in being able to regulate insurers, particularly in specific sectors. The United States Treasury has now made a call to be able to receive a broader role in overseeing the US insurance industry on a federal level, especially when it comes to areas such as mortgage coverage, the use of personal data for calculating premiums, the collection of the information in the first place, and the employment of secretive “captives” entities by insurers in order to try to keep risks off the books.…

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Insurance news from Allstate could include 50% rise

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The “Good Hands” teams may soon be seeing good news, too, as the insurer continues to generate positive figures. Allstate has been making insurance news on a steady basis over recent days as its efforts to break away from its staid image in favor of one that is more modern, through expanded online support, is now beginning to come to fruition. The transformation of this second largest personal insurer in the United States is a highly positive one. Having started approximately six years ago, this made small insurance news headlines…

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Insurance news from Allstate shows hip and edgy new strategy

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The insurer – like others – has been facing financial and natural disasters, but is managing to stand out. Allstate has not had it easy over recent years, as insurance news continues to pummel the industry with natural and financial disasters, but this insurer has still managed to transform itself and stand out from the pack with a unique strategy. The subject matter may not be all that hip, but Allstate has managed to market it that way. The company is making insurance news with an edgy television commercial campaign…

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