Life insurance premiums may soon be selfie-based

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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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Zurich Insurance company brings in new global life CEO

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Gary Shaughnessy has now been appointed as the chief executive officer as the insurer shuffles leadership again. The Zurich Insurance company has now announced that it has changed leadership in its Global Life business for the second time in a span of two years, now that it has appointed Gary Shaughnessy to the position. The new CEO had already been the head of the life insurance business for the U.K. with extensive experience. The 49 year old had also been the interim CEO of global life in Asia, Europe and…

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Prudential life insurance now available to consumers with HIV

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The insurer has now opened up its 10 year and 15 year individual convertible term life products to these patients. Prudential has now announced that it will offer life insurance products to people who have been diagnosed with HIV, becoming the first major provider who is covering people who have received this diagnosis. The insurance policies are offered as a reflection of the longer, healthier lives HIV patients are living. The life insurance policies that are being offered to Prudential’s HIV positive customers include 10 year and 15 year convertible…

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Insurance company in North Dakota fined $60,000 for several violations

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Blue Cross Blue Shield must pay the penalty for claims handling issues and other payments failures. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota recently agreed to pay a number of different fines that will come to a total of about $60,000, for having made several “systemic” violations that were discovered by regulators during an examination of the insurance company. The violations have occurred in a range of different areas including the handling of claims. Among the violations that were found within the examination of the insurance company were the claims…

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Insurance company sale by Allstate has reached closure

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The sale of Lincoln Benefit Life to Resolution Life Holdings Inc. has now been closed. The Allstate Corporation has announced that it has completed the sale of its former insurance company, Lincoln Benefit Life, to Resolution Life Holdings, Inc. as a part of a strategic move forward by Allstate. This move was a part of a larger plan to focus on specific segments of the market. According to the president, chairman, and CEO of Allstate, Thomas J. Wilson, “This divestiture is another strategic step for Allstate to serve distinct consumer…

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Life insurance assets from Swiss Re in U.S. may soon be for sale

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The company has announced that it is considering a retreat from the market in the United States. Sources familiar with Swiss Re Ltd. have revealed that it is thinking about putting its Aurora National Life Assurance Co. up for sale as it is drawing back from the American health and life insurance marketplace. This second largest reinsurer in the world is now taking efforts to seek out buyers for the assets. Swiss Re is working alongside Barclays PLC in order to be able to locate buyers for Aurora National as…

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Life insurance product for scuba divers now offered

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An insurer has just released a type of policy specifically for these underwater adventurers. As adventure sports start to become more popular, the several sectors of the industry, such as life insurance, have responded by coming up with products that are specifically designed for the needs of participants. Now, a new product has been released that targets individuals who enjoy scuba diving. The insurer behind this new product is Lifeline Direct Insurance Services, which often looks to develop products for specific lifestyles. They have observed that there is a need…

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Life insurance awareness in Iraq remains low

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Despite the high level of violence in the country, many Iraqi people lack knowledge about the coverage. Even though there are hundreds of Iraqi people who die every month as a result of the violence that still plagues the nation, there remains a lack of awareness regarding life insurance throughout the population. It is believed that the lack of awareness is the primary reason that people are not covering their lives. According to the state-owned Iraq Insurance Company’s general manager, Sadiq Abdul Rahman, who reports directly to the Ministry of…

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Life insurance arm in Korea sold by ING

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The financial services group has now sold the South Korean unit to MBK Partners Ltd. ING Groep NV has now announced that it has managed to sell its South Korean life insurance unit, after having made the second attempt with a span of twelve months to accomplish this goal. It managed to raise approximately $1,646,800 (1.38 trillion South Korean Wan). The amount for the purchase was agreed upon by the buyer, MBK Partners Ltd., which is an Asian buyout company that was created by executives formerly from the Carlyle Group.…

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Life insurance business in Taiwan being sold by Manulife

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The company has announced that it will be ending the relationship that they have had in the country for 11 years. Manulife Financial Corp. has now announced that it will be ending an 11 year life insurance business relationship in Taiwan, and that it will be selling this business for about $25 million. The company has already found a buyer for this unit, and the acquisition processes are underway. CTBC Life Insurance Co., Ltd., will be purchasing this business from Manulife. It is the insurance arm of a large Taiwan…

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