Allianz token in testing for internal money transfers

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The insurance giant is trying a new blockchain-based internal token to overcome funds transfer challenges. A new Allianz token is being tested by the insurance giant for moving money among its global affiliates. The concept used blockchain tech to allow the company’s worldwide locations to exchange money without currency conversions among other challenges. Allianz is using this token to get past a number of costs and inefficiencies related to international funds transfers. The Allianz token is meant to be used only within the company itself. It is not launching a…

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Self-driving car insurance for electric vehicles lacking in the United Kingdom

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Axa claims that Great Britain may be lining up to miss out on driverless vehicle technology. A lack of appropriate infrastructure and a shortage of self-driving car insurance is setting up the United Kingdom to face serious challenges if it doesn’t want to get left behind with driverless electric cars, says the Axa insurance company. Autonomous vehicles are facing considerable barriers in the U.K. due to the lack of fast charging bays, among others. Drivers of electric cars are already facing struggles with the fact that there aren’t enough rapid…

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U.N. Security Council’s decision against North Korea includes insurance sanctions

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The vote was unanimous throughout the council in response to Pyongyang’s choice to launch more ballistic missiles. The U.N. Security Council gave its unanimous approval to strengthening measures against North Korea, including insurance sanctions. This decision was in response to the country’s most recent ballistic missile launch. Pyongyang claims those it is now capable of sending those missiles to any part of the U.S. mainland. The U.N.’s Security Council resolution also includes strikingly lower caps on refined oil to North Korea. Aside from considerably tightened refined oil restrictions, North Korea…

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London tower block fire wasn’t without warning from the insurance industry

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The Grenfell Tower building was completely destroyed in a massive blaze, killing at least 79 people. The London tower block fire that led to the death of at least 79 people and injured many others did not occur without warning. The insurance industry in the United Kingdom had previously warned the British government that the external surfaces like the one on Grenfell Tower and several other buildings are flammable and dangerous. The insurance industry’s warning was issued a month before the killer blaze that shook the city and shocked the…

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Smart contract insurance partnership launches between AIG and IBM

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The insurer and tech giant will use blockchain for managing complex forms of international coverage. American International Group (AIG) and International Business Machines (IBM) are partnering to create a form of smart contract insurance policy. This coverage will employ blockchain for the management of highly complex forms of international insurance protection. The two companies recently completed the smart contract coverage policy pilot project. The smart contract insurance multi-national policy pilot provided Standard Chartered Bank PLC with coverage. The pilot used blockchain’s digital leader technology for what IBM and AIG called…

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Australian insurance companies may face massive payouts from Cyclone Debbie

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The country’s Insurance Council has cautioned that damage could cost billions of dollars. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has cautioned Australian insurance companies, businesses and residents that the damage from Cyclone Debbie is extensive and will be costly. In fact, the ICA declared it a catastrophe. There has yet to be a final estimate of what the damage total will be but previous ones have been in the billions. Over 90 percent of the residents of North Queensland are covered by some form of insurance policy. The majority of…

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Transatlantic insurance market gets shot in the arm from US, EU deal

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The United States and European Union have come to an agreement to boost this international marketplace. On Friday, the United States and European Union came to an agreement to shrink legal and capital hurdles to the transatlantic insurance market. The goal was to give a boost to both the insurance and reinsurance marketplaces. The transatlantic insurance and reinsurance markets are currently worth a combined $3 billion. This transatlantic insurance market accord is one that has been under negotiation for over a year. It is a follow-up to an agreement that…

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Insurance market in Nigeria will see solid growth this year

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Experts are predicting that, regardless of the challenges in the country, the industry will be growing faster. A recent analysis has been published by KPMG and has predicted that the insurance market in Nigeria will see its growth picking up speed despite some of the challenges it has been facing over the last while. The forecast was made based on its expanding use of ICT and telecom facilities for sales, as well as the population density. The analysis results were published in “The African Insurance Market at a Glance” report…

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Chinese insurance industry welcomes insurers from other countries

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A recent keynote speech from President Xi Jinping pointed out that its economy would be opening up into the future. Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a keynote speech at the APEC CEO summit, in which it was revealed that the insurance industry – and other parts of the country’s economy – would soon be welcoming a greater amount of foreign investment moving ahead. The country will be opening up its doors to the rest of the world to a larger degree and limits will be reduced. According to Xi, when…

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Obama administration makes insurance news with EU agreement negotiations

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The U.S. Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative have said they plan to work for a covered agreement. The insurance news announcement has now been made that the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative intend to enter into negotiations with the European Union over a covered agreement regarding insurance. The goal of these negotiations will be to “level the regulatory playing field for U.S-based insurers and reinsurers.” E.U. insurance companies and industry regulators have been expressing frustration with regards to the American reinsurance collateral requirements. The issue at the center…

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