Climate change and severe weather could increase insurance rates for everyone

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Even homeowners who don’t reside in areas struck by recent hurricanes could feel the pinch. Homeowners across America wouldn’t likely be surprised to hear that climate change and the severe weather coming with it could raise insurance rates in areas like Florida and Texas. That said, just because an area wasn’t struck by Harvey or Irma, it doesn’t mean rates won’t rise there, too. Motorists and homeowners throughout many U.S. states will likely watch premiums rise over the next while. Insurance companies are being increasingly affected by climate change. Severe…

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Rising extreme weather risk places property insurance in uncomfortable position

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An increase in severe storms, flooding, wind, wildfires and other disasters are driving claims skyward. Flooding and wildfires are making massive headlines this summer and this extreme weather risk is placing considerable pressure on the property insurance industry. These types of disaster are spiking the number and cost of business and homeowners insurance claims. In fact, the extreme weather risk may have a greater economic toll on the insurance industry than any other industry in the world. Though insurers have been increasingly aware of the threat of climate change with…

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Montana earthquake insurance policyholders are few and far between

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Residents of the state are cleaning up after having experienced a 5.8-magnatude quake last week. Montana earthquake insurance has been a subject of discussion for the first time in a very long time as residents pick up after last week’s quake. Homeowners and business owners find themselves looking into their policies to see what type of damage is and is not covered when the ground rocks. In a state where earthquakes – particularly strong ones – rarely happen, insurance companies are getting inquiries. Agents say that they are receiving inquiries…

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Kidnap insurance protects companies in the case of ransomware

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Businesses that have not purchased cyber insurance policies are looking to alternative coverage for WannaCry losses. Companies without cyber insurance are reportedly making claims through their ransom, extortion and kidnap insurance policies in the hopes of recouping losses from WannaCry and other ransomware. The issue is that cyber insurance can be costly and businesses operating outside the U.S. rarely buy it. Aside from the expense associated with cyber insurance, many companies don’t think to buy it as they don’t feel that they would be the target of this type of…

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Why New York crop insurance should matter to craft beer enthusiasts

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The state’s industry risks running out of one of its key locally grown ingredients if farmers can’t find coverage. The average person likely doesn’t have much interest in New York crop insurance, believing it to be the business of farmers and politicians. However, a recent development has brought the issue closer to home in a very visible way. Malt barley crops are seen as a risky type of crop for local farmers who hesitate to grow it without coverage. Farmers are reluctant to grow the malt barley crops because of…

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Strange insurance claims rise as a result of fur, feathers and creepy-crawlies

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Everything from peacocks to bedbugs are leading to a rise in filings with insurers in the United States. Strange insurance claims resulting from animal-related incidents are on the rise in the United States. Everything from aggressive peacocks to hotel room bedbugs are sending people to their insurers for reimbursement of their losses. This insurance data was published by Allianz SE in a report based on a recent study it conducted. Strange insurance claims in the United States involving bedbugs rose by 50 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to Allianz…

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Cyber insurance market growth is fast and healthy, says Swiss Re

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As worries over the impact of a hack, data breach or other similar risks, firms are insuring themselves. Swiss Re released a statement describing considerable growth trends in the cyber insurance market. The reinsurance firm pointed out that businesses are starting to see the importance of coverage in an environment where risks are skyrocketing. The Zurich-based giant it pointed out that the cyber risks are rapidly rising in their complexity and frequency. The Swiss Re Sigma report titled “Cyber: Getting to grips with a complex risk,” provided considerable insight on…

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Cyber insurance policies carried by a falling number of companies

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has recorded a sharp drop in the number of firms with coverage in the last year. According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, the number of companies in Great Britain with cyber insurance policies has plummeted. Firms have rapidly dropped the expensive coverage even as they boost their security budgets by as much as twice over. This has occurred at the same time that an array of high profile businesses experienced cyber attacks and data breaches. PwC explained that firms hesitate to invest in cyber insurance because the coverage appears…

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Food truck insurance now available in Utah

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Farmers Insurance has launched this new coverage within the state, providing a first for that company. Farmers Insurance has announced the launch of a new food truck insurance coverage. This will provide protection to that type of vehicle and will be available in Utah. It marks the first time the company has stepped into the mobile restaurant coverage business. The food truck marketplace is growing rapidly larger, presenting a considerable opportunity for insurance companies. By way of the new food truck insurance offering, Farmers has started to sell to licensed…

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Cyber insurance confusion causes gaps in coverage

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This sector of the insurance industry is doing great business but policyholders may not know what they need. Businesses are very aware that they need protection against data breaches, but cyber insurance confusion is causing notable problems. Companies know they need coverage but don’t necessarily know precisely what that coverage should include. This is a very complex market, which makes it difficult to determine what coverage is needed. After all, the cyber insurance confusion doesn’t just start at buying a policy. Even assessing the damage following a major data breach…

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