Insurance industry values effective business processes over technology

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A recent study has shown that 77 percent of people believe that best practices are critical to business success. The results of an insurance industry survey conducted over the first half of November by Live Insurance News have now been released, and have shown that participants believed that effective practices were the most important part of running a successful business. At the same time, having the best technology surprisingly scored the lowest in this research. The researchers behind the study indicated that they had not expected technology to rate as…

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Smartwatches are the insurance technology of choice for the future of the industry

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A recent study has shown that business owners feel wearable technology will be the most practical for their needs. Insurance technology has always been a vital part of the industry, from modeling to risk assessment, communication, and a seemingly endless range of other purposes. A recent study conducted by Live Insurance News has shown that when it comes to the devices used by professionals such as agents, brokers, and agency owners, smartwatches are the clear choice for meeting future needs. That said, while smartwatches do appear to be the preference…

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Insurance industry study shows leadership positions lack gender diversity

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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

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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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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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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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J.D. Power and Associates study shows insurance consumer satisfaction is high after storms of 2011

A new report from J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing information firm, shows that many consumers have been left happy in the wake of the veritable onslaught of natural disasters in 2011. The firm surveyed 4,200 homeowners insurance customers who had filed claims after these disasters. More than 80% of these consumers responded that they were satisfied with the service they were given and would likely renew their policies with their insurance provider. This comes as something of a surprise for the insurance industry as 2011 was the most…

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Insurance employment forecast sees 14,000 jobs currently available and 27,000 more this year

GreatInsuranceJobs.com has released a report on the availability of jobs among managing general agents, third party administrators, brokers, and agents, and has determined that there are currently about 14,000 positions open, and that there will be an additional 27,000 jobs available before the end of 2012. The report was based on a survey of those parts of the industry, among which 126 different insurance entities participated across the country. The survey was performed over the phone, and involved five questions about the current and forecasted job availability, in addition to…

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United Nations report stresses the need for action on climate change

Climate change may be a controversial issue in the world of politics, but the insurance industry is betting on dramatic weather becoming a reality in the near future. The belief of the global insurance industry is shared by the United Nations. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a report concerning climate-related disasters, indicating that all nations will be susceptible to extreme weather. The report is aimed at politicians around the world, stressing the necessity of preparing for future disasters wrought by climate change. The United Nations claims…

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Lloyd’s of London reports second largest loss from 2011’s insurance market swing

The insurance market of Lloyd’s of London LOL.UL has reported that it experienced its second largest losses in 2011, following the absorption of record breaking claim costs resulting from the natural catastrophes that included the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as the flooding in Thailand. This statement was made on March 28, as it compared its last year’s loss of £516 million with the profit that it made in 2010, of £2.2 billion. The reported loss included the combined financial performance of the eighty insurance syndicate competitors which…

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