Environmental liability insurance market takes off as regulators crack down on pollution

Environmental liability insurance - Air Pollution - smoke

As standard property or general liability policies don’t cover enough, pollution coverage is increasingly common. Environmental liability insurance is rapidly growing in popularity as exposures have grown beyond the coverage from general liability and standard property policies. Claims relating to pollution and the environment are frequently complex as well as expensive. The complexity and cost relating to issues relating to pollution have sent underwriters to step away from risks relating to pollution. This has left a gap open for environmental liability insurance products to fill. The market in many countries…

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Will California earthquake insurance sales rise after The Great Shake Out?

California Earthquake Insurance - Damaged Home from Earthquake

Californians recently took part in an annual statewide event to boost preparedness for a quake. State officials are hoping California earthquake insurance sales will increase following a recent annual event. The Great Shake Out reminds Californians of the risk of a quake and the importance of preparedness. Despite the risk to residents of the state, only a small percentage have coverage against this peril. The Great Shake Out encourages people to check their supplies and practice safety drills in case of a quake. It also urges people to go over…

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California workers compensation rates are on their way down, but remain expensive

California Workers Compensation - Construction Worker

The premiums dropped across the country, but those in the state still come with the highest price. A new study shows that California workers compensation rates have followed the dropping trend seen across the country. The coverage is becoming more affordable nationwide. That said, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services found that California’s rates are still among the highest. California’s rates for workers’ compensation coverage are among the worst in the United States. The department published its Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary, a report it issues…

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US workers compensation industry will continue to be profitable this year

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Fitch data showed that the market remained strong throughout 2017 with positive 2018 performance. New Fitch Ratings data shows that the US workers compensation industry did well last year and may continue to see underwriting profits this year. The data from last year until now shows a trend of strong performance, though that could change. Last year’s strong US workers compensation performance represented the third consecutive year following that trend. The industry statutory combined ratio was around 92 percent, said Fitch Ratings data. The recent Fitch Ratings report showed that…

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Stolen Swedish crown jewels were insured but are irreplaceable

Swedish Crown Jewels - Crown

Despite the coverage from a policy for the royal regalia, the items are essentially priceless in nature. Thieves stole the Swedish crown jewels on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. They made their escape in a speedboat and have yet to be apprehended. Though there was insurance coverage for the royal regalia, the monetary value will never replace the historical artifacts themselves. The thieves made off with two crowns and an orb dating back to the 17th century. Two crowns and an orb were taken from the 17th century collection of the…

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Amazon home insurance reportedly a possibility

Amazon Home Insurance - Amazon box

The e-commerce giant is reportedly thinking about offering property owners their own coverage. It wouldn’t come as a shock to many people if Amazon home insurance were to make its way into the market. The company – and its CEO Jeff Bezos – is known for taking their own angle in traditional markets. The online marketplace is reportedly thinking about selling home insurance policies of its own. The Amazon home insurance reports have yet to be officially confirmed. Amazon.com does not typically publicly discuss products it has in development. The…

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Georgia purchase largest US cyber insurance policy

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The state is adding to its protection against hackers following a massive March ransomware attack. Georgia has added a new layer of protection against hackers by purchasing the largest cyber insurance policy in the United States. The coverage is a component of the state’s new strategy against cyberattacks. Last March it fell victim to a ransomware attack. The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website was taken down unless the state would pay. Hackers demanded $50,000 in the ransomware attack. Despite the hackers’ demands, the state would not pay the ransom. Instead,…

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