California Department of Insurance estimates suggest $1.05 billion in wildfire damage

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Official estimates indicate that the devastating wildfires that plague the state will create billion dollar losses. The California Department of Insurance has released an estimate for the damages left behind by the catastrophic wildfires that have left historic damages in the state. The department believes the insured wildfires losses will reach at least $1.05 billion. This estimate is based on the claims received so far from the eight largest Californian insurance companies. Following that estimate, the California Department of Insurance also revealed that it expects the figure to grow. By…

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Hurricane Irma insurance losses may be far lower than first predicted

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Initial forecasts plotted a far more destructive path for the storm than was actually the case. Following predictions of apocalyptic Hurricane Irma insurance losses, it appears as though the storm may be costly, but nowhere near the worst case scenario. It’s still far too early for specific totals, but recent figures suggest they may be as low as $10 billion. Randy Binner, an insurance analyst, explained that while initial projections for Hurricane Irma insurance losses were as high as $100 billion, this has now been reduced to between $10 billion…

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Insurance companies may pay out over $2 billion from U.S. weather damages

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The United States has been facing some extreme weather and the last 10 days of December led to significant losses. The extreme weather seen throughout many parts of the United States last month, particularly during the last ten days, has led to some significant losses for insurance companies, with estimates suggesting that payouts could top $2 billion. This estimate was made by Aon Benfield, the reinsurance broker, which recently announced its predictions. The flooding, tornadoes, hail, snow and winds throughout the last ten days of December led to the deaths…

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Insurance losses could be as high as $70 billion in the US from one peril

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According to a report from Lloyds, if the power grid in the United States were to be attacked the cost would be massive. Lloyds of London has now released a new report that has shown that if the Northeast U.S. power grid were to fall victim to a cyber attack, the insurance losses would be tremendous and far-reaching. The economic losses that would occur from such an event could actually reach a trillion dollars. Beyond financial disruptions, there would also be issues with water supply and transportation. The insurance losses…

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Earthquake insurance losses from Napa Valley could break the $1 billion mark

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The stunning wine region of California was, however, saved from extreme levels of damage from the quake. The quake that shook California’s prestigious Napa Valley region at a magnitude of 6.0, just over a week ago, is now estimated to have caused damages covered by earthquake insurance that could reach up to $1 billion. The damage in the region was centered in the actual Napa city, which essentially spared the nearby wineries. In fact, the majority of the wineries and vineyards were able to continue to operate as usual despite…

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Allstate insurance company announces catastrophe losses from April

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The massive insurer has now released the estimate data generated during that month. According to Allstate’s newly released estimates, the April 2014 catastrophe losses came to a pre-tax amount of $280 million (or after-tax $182 million), which the insurance company is attributing primarily to six major events during that month. Those six events came with a pre-tax cost of an estimated $250 million during April. Also contributing to the losses experienced by the insurance company in April were the unfavorable re-estimates of the reserve for prior losses from catastrophes. Allstate…

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Insurance industry is seeing a hugely costly winter

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Some have said that this will be among the 5 most expensive winters in over 30 years. The Insurance Information Institute has now released its predictions about the costs associated with this last winter for the insurance industry, and has determined that the payments resulting from storms have now reached over $1.5 billion. As this week has shown in many parts of the country, the snowstorms aren’t done for the year. Now, the Verisk Analytics Property Claims Services firm has estimated that there were already about 175,000 claims paid to…

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South Asian Insurance industry suffering massive losses from cyclones

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Weather coverage segment may be seeing loss ratios as high as 100 percent. Damage to crops that has occurred as a result of cyclones could be leading to higher loss ratios in the weather South Asian insurance industries, with predictions that they could be as high as 100 percent, this year. Cyclone Phailin has caused a tremendous loss ratio this year when it struck in October. The crop damage that was caused by Cyclone Phailin when it struck the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh early in October may lead…

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AIR Estimates Insured Losses from Super Typhoon Haiyan at Between USD 300 Million

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that total damage to residential, commercial, and agricultural properties from Super Typhoon Haiyan will range… between USD 6.5 billion and USD 14.5 billion. However, because insurance penetration in the region is relatively low, AIR estimates that insured losses will range between USD 300 million and USD 700 million. “Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on the southern tip of Samar Island early morning local time on November 8 as one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in modern record-keeping,” said Dr. Peter Sousounis, senior principal…

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AIR Estimates Insured Losses from Last Week’s European Windstorm Christian at Between EUR 1.5 Billion and EUR 2.3 Billion

BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2013 – Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that  insured losses from Windstorm Christian (known as St. Jude in the UK) will range  between EUR 1.5 billion and EUR 2.3 billion, with the majority of insured losses  occurring in Denmark and Germany. Significant insured losses also occurred in the  Netherlands, France, UK, and Sweden. “Windstorm Christian smashed into southern Britain on Monday, October 28,  knocking down trees, flooding lowlands, and disrupting travel over land, sea, and  air,” said Gerhard Zuba, senior principal scientist at AIR Worldwide.  “Gusts…

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