Berkshire’s 2020 underwriting profit got a shot in the arm from GEICO

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The company’s income was black, even when its P/C reinsurance experience notable losses. Berkshire Hathaway recently reported that despite the widespread losses it saw in insurance on the whole, it managed to see property/casualty underwriting profit last year due to GEICO’s performance. The number two insurer in the United States managed to more than double its profits from 2019. The results GEICO brought Berkshire Hathaway brought its full-year property/casualty income into the black, despite having seen underwriting losses in P/C reinsurance in both 2019 and 2020. All tolled, GEICO brought…

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Texas auto insurance claims filed by the thousands, and they’re just getting started

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Insurers covering vehicles in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey expect hundreds of thousands of claims. Auto insurance claims have already started filing in as a result of Hurricane Harvey, but despite the high numbers, they’re just getting started. Insurance companies throughout the affected regions are bracing for hundreds of thousands more. In fact, as of last Thursday, the 100,000 mark had already been passed. “We do know that approximately 100,000 claims have come in,” said the Insurance Council of Texas manager of governmental and regulatory communications, Matt Stillwell. That trade…

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Auto insurance rates getting more expensive, says J.D. Power

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The firm’s 2017 U.S. Auto Insurance Study revealed that more than 1 in 4 drivers is paying more. J.D. Power released its 2017 U.S. Auto Insurance Study showing that auto insurance rates are headed skyward for a quarter of Americans this year. This came with the not-too-surprising news that drivers are less satisfied with their car insurance companies than they were previously. The car insurance rates are having a direct impact on how satisfied Americans are with their insurers. The J.D. Power study this year found that 26 percent of…

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Are car insurance rates higher in urban minority neighborhoods

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A recent study suggests that they are, but the research report has been accused of producing flawed findings. A new car insurance rates study has been published by ProPublica and Consumer Reports. It suggests urban neighborhoods populated primarily by minorities pay higher auto insurance premiums than comparable communities of lower minority populations. However, an insurance industry group has accused the report’s findings of being flawed and misleading. The study used car insurance rates data from California, Texas, Missouri and Illinois. The data was broken down by ZIP code and claims…

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Geico auto insurance rates headed skyward in Illinois

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The average premiums increase is expected to be 3.5 percent, according to state records. Geico auto insurance will be increasing its rates in Illinois next year. The company, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, will raise premiums by an average of 3.5 across the state. The new Illinois auto insurance rates will become effective on February 6, 2017 for policy renewals. This is not the only increase being issued by Geico auto insurance. In fact, the insurer has been making similar announcements across the country. Throughout 2016, the average policy…

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Car insurance company fails to use Facebook to learn about potential customers

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The social network has stopped a U.K. insurer from using people’s posts as a part of rate calculations. Facebook is now blocking U.K. car insurance company, Admiral Insurance, from being able to use customer posts as a part of their premiums calculations. The insurer intended to look at everything from the use of superlatives (for example, “never”), to the frequency of use of exclamation points and even the length of posts to decide a customer’s rate. That said, Facebook was quick to stop the auto insurance company before it could…

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Auto insurance company websites are a big fail, say consumers

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A recent J.D. Power survey showed that customers aren’t satisfied with the sites run by their insurers. As a whole, the customer satisfaction level a customer feels from his or her auto insurance company has actually been quite strong, according to a J.D. Power survey. However, that feeling doesn’t necessarily carry over to the experience provided by the websites of those insurers. Only slightly more than one half of all auto insurance customers have said they “definitely will” return to the site. Considering the number of people who use websites…

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