U.N. Security Council’s decision against North Korea includes insurance sanctions

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The vote was unanimous throughout the council in response to Pyongyang’s choice to launch more ballistic missiles. The U.N. Security Council gave its unanimous approval to strengthening measures against North Korea, including insurance sanctions. This decision was in response to the country’s most recent ballistic missile launch. Pyongyang claims those it is now capable of sending those missiles to any part of the U.S. mainland. The U.N.’s Security Council resolution also includes strikingly lower caps on refined oil to North Korea. Aside from considerably tightened refined oil restrictions, North Korea…

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European insurance watchdog is now the one under investigation

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The EIOPA is typically the one watching over the market but it is now facing scrutiny for two practices. The European insurance watchdog is normally the organization responsible for watching over the industry and making sure the practices are kept legal and appropriate. However, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is now under investigation to check into its own practices. The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit looking primarily into two main areas. The insurance watchdog will be investigated in the following main areas: its supervision…

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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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Climate change challenges getting the best of most insurance companies

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A recent report showed that the majority of insurers are not keeping up with the trends when making investment decisions. When it comes to the climate change challenges faced by insurance companies, many are not being met. In fact, a recent study said 90 percent of insurers are failing in this important area. Insurance companies aren’t considering climate change when they decide on investments, said the report. This information was presented by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project in a report they published. The Asset Owners Disclosure Project conducted the research.…

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Self-driving cars could have a major impact on the auto insurance space

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Report highlights the disruptive potential of self-driving vehicles Self-driving cars may soon become a reality, and they could have a major impact on the auto insurance space. A new report from Moddy’s Investors Services suggests that there are many liability implications for those involved in the development of self-driving vehicles. Both manufacturers and technology suppliers could face significant risks, with consumers likely facing fewer risks as liability shifts away from them. This is because self-driving cars take human error out of the transportation space, which is likely to lead to…

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Cyber insurance is catching the attention of the federal government

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Subcommittee aims to address issues facing the cyber protection space Cyber security is beginning to gain the attention of the U.S. federal government. The House Homeland Security’s cyber security subcommittee has held a hearing concerning the challenges facing the cyber insurance space. A recent report predicted that this market would reach $7.5 billion in annual premiums by 2020, making it one of the fastest growing insurance segments in the world. The need for cyber protection, on the insurance level, is becoming more apparent, especially as digital attacks become more common.…

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New auto insurance legislation may undermine the insurance industry in Minnesota

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American Insurance Association opposes new legislation proposed in Minnesota New legislation in Minnesota may change the way auto insurance is regulated in the state and it has received opposition from the American Insurance Association (AIA). AIA Midwest region vice president Steve Schneider has provided testimony to the Minnesota State Senate Commerce Committee, highlighting the fact that the AIA is opposed to the legislation taking hold. The organization has expressed concern that the legislation would completely rework state law without taking into account how this would affect the solvency of the…

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Government seeks information from insurers regarding terrorism insurance program

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Federal government is requesting that insurers submit data concerning the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program The U.S. federal government is requesting information from insurers participating in the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. The insurance program was established in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and was reauthorized in 2015 through 2020. The program is meant to serve as a financial backstop for insurers, allowing them to effectively mitigate the risks associated with acts of terrorism. While such acts are quite rare in the United States, insurers still face certain…

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Google is pulling out of the insurance industry, for now

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Google will be closing down its insurance comparison website within a month Google has announced that it will be shutting down its Google Compare insurance comparison site. This may be a reflection of Google’s intention of selling financial products, such as auto insurance coverage. Google Compare has been operating in the United Kingdom for three years and the company had planned to bring the service to the United States in the near future. The site allowed users to compare prices on auto insurance coverage, but the site was never to…

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Utilities are showing more interest in cyber insurance protection

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Utilities in the United States may need insurance coverage to protect against digital threats Utilities in the United States are beginning to express concern over digital risks following cyber attacks that were seen in Ukraine in December 2015. As such, these companies are beginning to look into new cyber insurance policies, which may be able to offer them a degree of protection against digital threats. Malicious groups could do significant damage to a country’s energy infrastructure through a cyber attack and utilities are looking for ways to ensure that this…

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