Life insurance premiums can be calculated using your social media posts

life insurance premiums - social media

Provided they are not discriminatory, life insurers can use customers’ posts to decide on pricing. The New York Department of Financial Services (N.Y.F.S.) has released new life insurance premiums calculation guidelines. These will allow insurers to use data collected from their customers’ social media posts to help calculate premiums. These regulations may soon move outside New York and into other states as well. The life insurance premiums guidelines indicate that insurers have the right to obtain and apply data gleaned from “non-traditional” sources as well. That said, if they do…

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Michigan auto insurance rates are highest of any U.S. state

Michigan Auto Insurance rates

Newly released survey results show that drivers in the state aren’t wrong about how much they’ve been paying. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to know that Michigan auto insurance rates are high. Drivers in the state have been complaining about their premiums for years and lawmakers have made several attempts to alter this situation. A recent survey has confirmed yet again that Michigan drivers are indeed paying more than any other state. The survey confirmed that Michigan auto insurance rates are in fact the highest, on average,…

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Homeowners insurance companies caught overcharging 13 million policyholders

homeowners insurance companies

A new U.K. study has revealed that existing customers often pay considerably more than new ones. New Citizens Advice research demonstrates that up to 13 million U.K. customers are being overcharged by their homeowners insurance companies. Loyal customers and senior citizens are particularly victim to this trend. A very high percentage of homeowners over the age of 65 years have been paying more than new customers. The study revealed that 40 percent of home insurance policyholders over the age of 65 years and who have had their policy for over…

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Trump ends health care subsidies and places Congress under high pressure

Donald Trump health care subsidies - signing executive order

The President’s decision to cut off payments vital to making insurance plans affordable is creating turmoil. Before the start of the weekend, President Trump decided to singlehandedly eliminate the health care subsidies central to the Affordable Care Act. The move takes away money critical to making sure lower income Americans can afford the coverage they need. Trump’s decision was made to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal the ACA, despite many prior failures. The health care subsidies were added to President Obama’s reforms to protect consumers against the…

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Life insurance premiums may soon be selfie-based

selfie life insurance premiums

Facial recognition technology could be used to better understand a person’s overall wellness. Selfies have become exceptionally commonplace, but these self-portraits may soon have an impact on life insurance premiums. In fact, as facial recognition and analysis technology continues to improve, it may one day determine whether or not someone even qualifies for a policy. The reason is that selfies provide a great deal of information about a person’s health and aging. The various details picked up by a selfie, such as drooping skin, fine lines and wrinkles, contours and…

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Are car insurance rates higher in urban minority neighborhoods

Car Insurance rates

A recent study suggests that they are, but the research report has been accused of producing flawed findings. A new car insurance rates study has been published by ProPublica and Consumer Reports. It suggests urban neighborhoods populated primarily by minorities pay higher auto insurance premiums than comparable communities of lower minority populations. However, an insurance industry group has accused the report’s findings of being flawed and misleading. The study used car insurance rates data from California, Texas, Missouri and Illinois. The data was broken down by ZIP code and claims…

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Trump’s flood insurance surcharge meets solid resistance from Jersey Shore

Hurricane Sandy Damage flood Insurance surcharge

Three federal lawmakers from that area say they will fight the proposal they’re calling unreasonable. Jersey Shore congressmen aren’t pleased about the proposed flood insurance surcharge the Trump administration has put forward. As a result they’ve said they intend to fight the proposal in order to stop what they feel is an unreasonable cost increase. The lawmakers said the surcharge for the insurance coverage will only cause more suffering. U.S. Congressmen Tom MacArthur (R-03), Frank A. LoBiondo (R-02) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-06) have agreed that the flood insurance surcharge…

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