California insurance industry warned of “significant risk” from Oroville Dam

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Concern over the dangers presented from the 770 foot structure’s damaged spillway has not disappeared. The next rainy season is only months away and the California insurance industry faces a “significant risk” from the Oroville Dam and its damaged spillway. Experts are cautioning the industry, residents of the region and pretty much anyone else who will listen about that the next time the waters rise could end far worse than the last time. Raging waters last month caused America’s tallest dam to experience critical damage. That damage has yet to…

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The Insurance Industry and Climate Change

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Insurers are taking steps to address climate change When it comes to climate change, insurance can be a tricky subject. The global insurance industry does not typically deal in “what ifs” and many large insurers are not willing to debate whether or not climate change is real. These insurers are more apt to address the issue of climate change by offering new insurance products and finding ways to mitigate the risks associated with the phenomenon. Powerful storms, rising temperatures, and depleting food and water resources are becoming issues that the…

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Survey shows insurance industry is ready to take on more risk

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Insurers are looking to increase risk in order to fight back trend of low yields Goldman Sachs Asset Management has release its latest annual survey of the insurance industry’s leading Chief Investment Officers and Chief Financial officers. These insurance officials represent organization with more than $6 trillion in global balance sheet assets. The survey is the third of its kind from Goldman Sachs, which aims to release these reports every year for the foreseeable future. Notably, the survey shows that insurers may be willing to take on additional risk in…

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Insurance industry to study U.S. and Canada’s “new normal”

Insurance Industry Hail, tornado, wind research

New research has now been funded to help to quantify the risk associated with hail, tornadoes and wind. Verisk Analytics company, Atmospheric Environmental Research (AER), has announced that it has received funding from the insurance industry and financial sector companies for a new emerging risk program being run by its scientists, called Climate Change: Tornado and Hail, in order to help to quantify any shifts that have occurred in the severe thunderstorm hazard patterns in Canada and the United States. It is believed that the result will be a “new…

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Insurance industry professionals must cope with regulation risks

Insurance industry risks - Banana Peel Survey

A new study has revealed the largest risks faced by pros, the results of which have now been published in a report. New local and international level regulations are now being seen as the greatest risk faced by the insurance industry, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation report. The new rules could considerably increase problems with compliance as well as costs for insurers. According to the 2013 Insurance Banana Skins Survey, new regulations regarding market conduct and solvency could “swamp” the insurance industry with…

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Insurance industry isn’t ready for what climate change has in store

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The damaging severe weather is becoming more frequent and more expensive in the U.S. Last year in the United States, there were 11 extreme weather events that struck various parts of the country each leaving a minimum of $1 billion worth of damages behind, as well as thousands upon thousands of claims to the insurance industry. Superstorm Sandy, alone, left behind economic losses of $50 billion, not to mention the loss of human life. That storm also brought with it a cost tens of billions to the insurance industry, particularly…

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Sentry Insight tool to help insurers address emerging risks

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Sentry Insight set for launch by Sentry Insurance Risk management is an inherent and important part of the insurance industry. Insurance companies have access to tools that allow them to accurately calculate their exposure to risk and the financial consequences associated with certain disasters, whether they be financial, natural, or otherwise. The landscape of risk is beginning to change, however, with new problems emerging to challenge the industry as a whole. In the U.S., managing these new risks is quickly turning into a tricky business, thus Sentry Insurance is set…

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