Green Vault discovers it is uninsured after $1 Billion museum theft

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The priceless, irreplaceable jewels stolen from the German museum were not covered by insurance. The day following a priceless jewelry and artifact museum theft in Germany, an unfortunate discovery was made. The items estimated to be worth over $1 billion are not covered by an insurance policy. This has added to the pressure on police to identify and locate the culprits in order to return the items. Last week’s museum theft made international headlines. The missing items include a pearl necklace, a diamond-encrusted dagger as well as dozens of other…

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Allianz SE joins forces with Microsoft for a strategic insurance partnership

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The two giants will be working together to transform the way digital processes are conducted. Allianz SE and Microsoft Corp have jointly announced that they’ve entered into a strategic insurance partnership. The goal is to digitally transform the insurance industry for greater ease and improved customer experience. Many consumers feel their insurers have fallen behind the times in terms of digital experience. The companies are hoping to use this strategic insurance partnership to change the entire customer experience from what it is today into something much improved. The idea is…

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Oil insurance affected by skyrocketing risk levels in Persian Gulf

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The Joint War Committee of London’s Lloyd’s Market Association said the risk is highest since 2005. The oil insurance companies are reacting to the risks spiking in the Persian Gulf that are affecting tankers that must travel through that region. The risk of danger to oil tankers in the Persian Gulf hasn’t been this high since 2005. A new report from the Joint War Committee of London’s Lloyd’s Market Association stated that it would increase its “listed areas.” Those listed areas are the regions in which the highest shipping risks…

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Notre Dame fire insurance is non-existent, but donations for repairs are high

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The French State owned cathedral was self-insured as there isn’t coverage available for priceless artwork and structures. The devastating and heartbreaking Notre Dame fire was watched from around the world. Thoughts and prayers poured in to Paris expressing sympathy for the loss of so much of the historical and religious structure. At the same time, many were asking who would have to foot the bill to have it rebuilt. The cathedral was 856 years old at the time of the Notre Dame fire. It was irreplaceable unto itself but also…

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Russell Higginbotham announced as new Swiss Re CEO

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The incoming chief executive officer will replace Jean-Jacques Henchoz, who is leaving the insurer. Group Executive Committee member, Reinsurance EMEA and Regional President EMEA, Russell Higginbotham will become the Swiss Re CEO on September 1, 2018. The previous chief executive officer made the decision to seek an opportunity outside Swiss Re. Russell Higginbotham isn’t at all new to the insurer. Before being named as the new Swiss Re CEO, Higginbotham has been working for the firm for 24 years throughout a spectrum of different geographies and business areas. His most…

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Earthquake insurance and preparedness low in Israel, despite risk

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The region typically experiences large quakes every 80 to 100 years and is now coming due. In Israel, preparedness and earthquake insurance to protect against a major quake remains too low. The State Comptroller, Yosef Shapira has now issued a warning to the country that preparedness is entirely inadequate. This is a serious problem as the country is now considered to be due for a major earthquake. Earthquake insurance coverage is only one of many steps residents and businesses could take to protect themselves. Over the last week or so,…

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India’s crop insurance program fanfare fades with shrinking coverage area

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The Narendra Modi government’s scheme was highly popular when it first launched but is getting smaller. India’s crop insurance program first launched two years ago. At that time, it was tremendously celebrated and highly popular. That said, this year it has experienced negative growth. The reason is that its coverage area has dropped to 24 percent of the gross cropped area (GCA) from 2017 to 2018. This is considerably smaller than the 2016 to 2017 year when it had been 30 percent of the GCA. The target for the crop…

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