Munich Re profits likely to suffer as a result of 2017 hurricanes

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Harvey, Irma and Maria will take their tolls on the insurance and reinsurance giant. One of the largest insurers in the world has stated that hurricanes would cause it to suffer a loss as Munich Re profits prove inadequate. The company said its 2017 third quarter would record a loss as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The insurer predicts that the hurricanes would cost $3.1 billion in its covered insured damages. These damages occurred in the United States and the Caribbean and the size of the losses…

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Lloyd’s insurance claims see rapid response and payments following storms

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The massive marketplace has reported quick customer service for customers affected by Harvey, Irma and Maria. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria left catastrophe and devastation behind, and Lloyd’s insurance claims are being rapidly processed, says the market. The company says it is responding quickly and has even made some advance payments. The storms left behind an estimated $738 million in insured damages to properties and possessions. “It is heartening to see the Lloyd’s market swing into action in this way,” said Inga Beal, the market’s chief executive, when addressing the…

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Travel insurance claims are pouring in following several hurricanes

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This busy storm season has led to a large number of filings from people whose vacations were interrupted. The active 2017 hurricane season has led to a sudden influx of travel insurance claims as vacations and business trips see interruptions. This type of storm season has helped to demonstrate the value that this type of insurance coverage can offer travelers. Thousands of people across the United States are breathing a sigh of relief after purchasing the coverage. Those who purchased their travel insurance policies before the storms were named can…

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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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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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Insurance drones will be broadly deployed by Hurricane Harvey claims adjusters

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The use of these unmanned aerial vehicles has been adopted by Allstate, State Farm and other major property insurers. Property insurance companies in Texas and Louisiana, such as Allstate and State Farm, are preparing to use their insurance drones to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. This insurance technology is expected to have an important role in inspecting commercial and residential damage. The insurance drones will first take to the air early this week, once the last of Hurricane Harvey makes its way out of the regions. If all goes…

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Federal flood insurance program stuck on hold as Hurricane Harvey tallies climb

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Southeastern Texas was devastated by the storm, placing the focus back on NFIP and the GOP restructuring effort. The Federal flood insurance program is in limbo at the moment while Texans face catastrophe following Hurricane Harvey. The Republicans have been trying to restructure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Their goal has been to partially privatize it. NFIP is a subsidized program that costs taxpayers tens of billions in federal subsidies. The federal flood insurance program is facing an upcoming deadline of September 30. Unless Congress agrees to extend the…

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New Texas insurance law may make things harder for Hurricane Harvey victims

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As the very first steps for recovery begin, HB 1774, signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) becomes effective. A Texas insurance law, signed by Governor Greg Abbott back in May, will become effective tomorrow. This, at a time when Hurricane Harvey victims are taking the very first steps toward understanding what they can do to recover. Houston, the fourth most populous city in the United States, may have years of recovery ahead. The Texas insurance law will be changing the way claims lawsuits are handled when they…

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Hurricane Harvey damage to be among “top 10 most costly” for insurers, JPMorgan

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The financial services company told its clients that the costs could be between $10 billion and $20 billion. JPMorgan informed its clients that the Hurricane Harvey damage left behind in Texas could be as high as $10 billion to $20 billion. This would place it among the “10 most costly” hurricanes to make landfall in the United States, said the company. The storm first struck Texas last weekend and was a Category 4 at the time, before being downgraded. Gradually, it wound itself down to tropical storm status, though it…

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