State farm fire prevention project tests electrical wiring sensors for problems

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The insurance company is sending homeowners sensors in a pilot testing for electrical defects. A new State Farm fire prevention program pilot has launched. It will use sensors to detect electrical wiring hazards in 40,000 homes in California, Texas, and Arizona. The goal is to provide consumers with a way to prevent electrical wiring fires and measure savings. The State Farm fire prevention pilot will send the sensors to the homeowners to measure customer acceptance and potential savings if the program were to be broadened. The insurer’s vice president and…

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Allstate points to Better Arguments project to avoid toxic conversations

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The insurer issued a news release stating that toxicity in communications are “threatening our future.” Allstate Insurance recently issued a news release praising the strategies of The Better Arguments Project. This strategy is meant to help Americans to better navigate the current environment which consists of the “deepest political and cultural divides in our nation’s history.” The insurer acknowledged that the divisions are only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. According to Allstate, “our collective future depends on Americans’ ability to come together.” However, at the same time, it didn’t…

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Insurance industry diversity challenges addressed at WSIA 2020 Virtual Annual Marketplace

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Leaders from government agencies and insurers alike acknowledged the current problem. Insurance industry diversity challenges were recently addressed at the WSIA 2020 Virtual Annual marketplace. The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) holds the event annually. The event coincided with the WSIA’s announcement of its formation of the Insurance Industry Diversity Foundation (IIDF). The goal of the IIDF is “to promote and attract diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation and disability and to influence meaningful progress in the diversity of the insurance industry and its talent pipeline.” The panel discussion…

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National General to be acquired by Allstate for $4 billion

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The insurance giant is making the purchase to expand its auto reach and independent agent business. Insurance giant Allstate Corp announced this week that it will purchase National General Holdings Corp for about $4 billion. This will be a cash purchase, boosting the insurer’s auto insurance business just as the pandemic crisis has made that sector highly profitable. Auto insurance claims are way down due to the smaller amount of traffic on the roads. National General shareholders will be compensated with $32 per share in cash. They will also receive…

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Nationwide starts July as fully independent insurance agency carrier

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The company has completed its transition which has been ongoing over the last 18 months. Nationwide has announced that as of July 1, it has become an independent insurance agency carrier. The Columbus, Ohio-based insurer has kept its relationships with 99 percent of its formerly captive agents. For 18 months, the insurer has been working on the transition process to become an independent insurance agency carrier. Throughout that time, it has managed to keep over 99 percent of its agents, who were formerly employed by the company. Now, those insurance…

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Lombard International’s US CEO, Michael Gordon, appointed Group Chief Operating Officer

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Philadelphia/New York, — June 2020 – Lombard International Group, the global leader in wealth and succession planning solutions for high net worth individuals, families and institutions, announces the appointment of Michael Gordon as Group Chief Operating Officer (COO), in addition to his existing role of Chief Executive of the US business. The role of Group COO is newly created and includes the Global Office of Technology and Transformation. Following Stuart Parkinson’s appointment as Lombard International Group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 April 2020, Mr. Gordon’s appointment builds upon a…

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Nationwide plans to keep remote insurance jobs permanently in 5 states

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The insurer has made it possible for many employees to work from home even after offices fully open. Nationwide has announced its intention to permanently transition into an operating model that functions as a hybrid between in-office and remote insurance jobs. The employees who will be heading to the office will be those at the four main corporate campuses. The insurer will keep the in-office workers primarily at its four main corporate campuses. That said, it will keep its remote insurance jobs in place for the majority of other locations.…

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