Nestle is selling its Gerber Life Insurance for $1.55 billion

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The transnational firm has announced its plans to sell the unit to Western and Southern Financial Group. Nestle announced this week that it intends to sell off its Gerber Life Insurance unit. Western and Southern Financial Group has agreed to purchase the life insurance unit for $1.55 billion in cash. Nestle chose to sell the insurance unit in order to send its attention back to its core businesses. The transnational company decided to let the Gerber Life Insurance firm go to place its focus back on the consumer health, food…

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Insurance industry hiring to hit record levels in 2018, survey

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A new outlook survey predicts this year will see insurers working to fill more jobs than ever before. Insurance industry hiring is taking off at a powerful rate, causing insurers to face a number of challenges. They are working to fill positions such as actuaries, underwriters and in claims and sales. A new survey shows that these employers are facing a string of challenges bringing in new hires. The 2018 Insurance Industry Employment and Hiring Outlook Survey predicted a trend toward record insurance industry hiring this year. However, experienced talent…

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Distracted drivers pay as much as 41 percent more for auto insurance

Distracted Drivers Pay More for Auto Insurance - Driver texting

Talking on a mobile phone, texting, checking a location on a map, and eating distracts motorists. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to find out that distracted drivers are extremely commonplace on the road. Some are talking on their mobile phones. Others send texts. Some fuss with their coffee cups or drive-thru meals. Others are turned around to shout at their misbehaving children in the back seat. Whether you’re surfing through radio stations or choosing your GPS locations, you may pay more. Those distracted drivers may or may…

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

North Korea Insurance sanctions

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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