Philippines insurance industry to grow throughout next year

Philippines insurance industry growth

SunLife predicts that the sector will keep up its expansion throughout 2014 to continue the trend. According to the top SunLife Financial executive in the Philippines insurance industry, that sector will be continuing its solid growth throughout 2014, following four consecutive years in which that was already the case. The announcement was made as a part of a broader statement regarding the firm’s predictions. According to Riza Mantaring, the chief executive and president of SunLife in the region, it is not easy to be able to maintain such a considerable…

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Insurance industry study shows leadership positions lack gender diversity

Insurance industry gender diversity

The research indicated that despite the fact that there are many women employed, they are not in these roles. According to the results that have recently been released from a study in the United States, the insurance industry is lacking in gender diversity across all leadership levels, even though there are a high number of women who have positions in the field. The study involved the data of 91 publicly traded companies as well as 9 mutual companies. The study was conducted by the team of primary author Mike Angelina,…

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Insurance industry study reveals how people select their plans

insurance industry plan choosing factors

Research has revealed new insight into how the choices are made regarding the policies that are purchased. Policymakers in the insurance industry are always tweaking and altering the plans that are available in order to help to make them more appealing for people to purchase, without providing an option that will be overly costly to the company when compared to the revenue it generates. This includes the concept of the “moral hazard”, in which people change their behaviors because they are covered. For instance, the insurance industry has observed –…

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Insurance news from Germany warns residents of increasing premiums

German insurance industry

The GDV industry association has said that the rise will be 1.5 percent this year. The GDV has just announced the latest insurance news, that insurers in Germany, including Talanx AG and Allianz SE, will likely be posting an increase in their premiums of 1.5 percent by the year’s end. It is believed that the premiums growth will increase to €180.7 billion ($230 billion). Among the explanations for these premiums increases are that the country has seen some of the highest levels of property and casualty growth that it has…

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China to strengthen regulations for growing insurance industry

Major changes for China insurance industry. The insurance industry in China is growing at a rapid rate. The country recently opened up its borders to foreign insurers looking to expand into new markets and this initiative has been quite successful. As more insurance companies enter the Chinese market, however, regulators are growing concerned over their ability to comply with the country’s laws and expectations. These concerns have grown too large to ignore any longer and the China Regulatory Commission has announced that it will be strengthening the supervision of the…

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Severe weather leads to over $1.2 billion in insurance losses in March

Insurance industry gets hit with huge losses for 2012. Global reinsurance intermediary, Aon Benfield, which is also responsible for the Aon plc capital advising, has released its most recent Global Catastrophe report edition, which provided an overview of the global natural disaster events of March 2012. The report was published by the catastrophe model development center of excellence for the company, Impact Forecasting. It showed that a number of serious weather events struck the Tennessee Valley, the American Midwest, and the Southeast of the country during the first week of…

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Climate Prediction Center heralds the return of El Nino this year

Insurance industry on El Nino watch. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC), a government agency that provides weather information to the insurance industry and others, has raised concerns that El Nino may make a strong return to the Northern Hemisphere later this year. The weather phenomenon is notorious for the number of natural disasters it spawns throughout the Northern Hemisphere. El Nino brings an increase in rainfall and changes to temperature and wind patterns in some parts of the world. The CPC notes that El Nino could have a disastrous…

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Medical loss ratio provision could have saved Illinois residents millions according to Commonwealth Fund report

Health care reform medical loss ratio study The Commonwealth Fund, an independent foundation based in New York that researchers health care policies, has released a new report concerning the medical loss ratio (MLR) provision of the Affordable Care Act. The MLR provision requires insurance companies to spend no less than 80% of the money they collect from premiums on improving medical care. If insurers cannot meet this standard, the money must be returned to policyholders. The provision took effect in 2011, but has been mired in litigation and bureaucracy, which…

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Major Chinese ship insurance company to cease Iranian oil tanker coverage

Commercial insurance market for oil tankers tightens A major insurer of Chinese ships has announced that, starting in July, it will be stopping its indemnity coverage for tankers that are transporting Iranian oil. This has dealt another blow to the tanker companies that carry oil – the main export of Tehran – from the Iranian capital, and has further narrowed the coverage options available in a market that has already been pinched by payment barriers put in place by sanctions in the West. As the number of Western sanctions increase…

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California pushes for insurance exchange despite fate of Affordable Care Act

California health insurance news update California seems to be moving ahead with its plans to build a health insurance exchange despite the current controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act. The federal health care law is currently awaiting ruling from the Supreme Court after lengthy and uncomfortable litigation last month. Speculation suggests that the Court may rule the law as unconstitutional, or at least a part of which, which means that states would no longer be required to build insurance exchanges. California lawmakers are well aware of the possibility that the…

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