Swiss Re insurance stops covering coal-dependent companies

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The massive insurer is a part of a growing movement finding that fossil fuels are becoming a liability. The Swiss Re insurance giant has implemented a new policy against covering firms highly reliant on coal. As the world works to eliminate coal power, firms are finding that the move is as good for their bottom line as it is for the environment. The insurance industry is starting to see many fossil fuels as a type of reliance too risky to cover. The new Swiss Re insurance coverage policy will refuse…

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Are you ready to make an insurance claim with voice-calling AI?

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Google’s artificial intelligence is moving in as a replacement for low-skilled human labor jobs. Google’s surprisingly natural voice-calling AI may soon be headed to insurance call centers. A report by The Information was picked up and investigated by Engadget. The report showed that an insurance company in the United States has shown interest in Google’s AI tech. The insurance company was not named in either report, but it has expressed interest in AI. The Duplex voice-calling AI from Google would be able to “handle simple and repetitive customer calls” said…

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Insurance drone use spikes as hurricane season gets rolling

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With each new season of potential natural disasters comes a much larger investment in this tech. Insurance drone use has been taking off – so to speak – with each new hurricane season. This year has been no exception. Every year, the tech proves itself in terms of improved safety for claims adjusters while simultaneously lowering costs. Insurance companies need to carefully plan their reactions to natural disasters for speed and reliability. When a hurricane happens, insurance companies need to move quickly. This requires substantial planning as well as tech…

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2018 Hurricane Season should be an average one, says Munich Re

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The Germany based reinsurer is predicting fewer storms than 2017’s record breaking year. Munich Re is predicting an average 2018 Hurricane Season. This comes as somewhat of a relief following the record-breaking destruction left behind last year. The 2017 season brought insurance companies approximately $135 billion in costs. Munich Re is the second largest reinsurance company in the world and releases its predictions publicly. The world’s second biggest reinsurance company predicts that there will be notably fewer powerful tropical storms in the 2018 Hurricane Season than there were last year.…

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General Electric seeks to divest itself of insurance business

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GE wants to step away from the long term care insurance that is now costing it far too much. General Electric Co. is currently seeking to unload its troubled insurance business. The American multinational conglomerate has been working with investment bankers to identify opportunities. The company’s insurance branch took on a wealth of expenses following shareholder lawsuits. GE’s insurance business was required to cover extensive charges at the same time it faced lawsuits from its shareholders. The company was also the subject of an investigation by United States regulators, according…

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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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This weekend, review your homeowners insurance for Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Saturday and Sunday are wrapping up the awareness week to remind us to be ready for weather. Hurricane Preparedness Week is coming to a close, but it’s time to take what we’ve learned and put it into action. The only way this awareness week will have been a success is if you make the right changes to keep yourself safe. This week includes a number of things to prepare for an emergency, such as reviewing your policies. The insurance industry likes to take the opportunity of Hurricane Preparedness Week to…

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IBM and ANZ combine efforts to develop insurance blockchain solution

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The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group intends to improve insurance industry efficiency. IBM has teamed up with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) to create an insurance blockchain solution. Its purpose is to enhance insurance industry efficiency levels. Also involved in this partnership is Suncorp New Zealand, a financial services firm. The insurance blockchain solution is meant to make it possible for premium payments and data to transfer more easily between insurers and brokers. This could result in a more transparent and much faster process overall. The…

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UK insurance industry unprepared for Brexit, less than a year away

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Without access to the European Union’s single market, U.K. financial firms will face unprecedented struggle. Ireland’s Central Bank Deputy Governor Ed Sibley voiced his concern about the financial and insurance industry challenges following Brexit. He stated that with less than a year before the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, banks and insurers remain unprepared. Sibley said the EU should not attempt to stop U.K. banks and insurance companies from the single market. Sibley’s financial and insurance industry warning is in direct opposition to certain E.U. opinions. Some E.U.…

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Women hold only one in five top insurance industry jobs

Top insurance industry jobs - Women in Business

A recent UK study showed that despite an overall industry gender balance, top jobs belong mainly to men. Of every five top insurance industry jobs four are filled by men and only one is filled by a woman. This, according to a recent study in the United Kingdom. This reveals a gender imbalance within this industry that was not entirely obvious to spot. The reason is that when looking at the employment data across the entire insurance industry, women and men fill nearly the same total number of jobs. However,…

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