Jay Z and Will Smith backed life insurance start-up valued at almost $500 million

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The company, called Ethos, gained considerable value in a Series C round led by big-name backers. San Francisco-based life insurance start-up, Ethos, has just gained an additional $60 million in funding and is now valued at just about $500 million. Existing investors include such big name celebs as Jay Z, Will Smith and Robert Downey Jr. During its Series C round of funding, the life insurance start-up was highly successful, with a round led by Alphabet’s (parent company of Google) venture arm, GV, as well as Goldman Sachs. Its existing…

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Nestle is selling its Gerber Life Insurance for $1.55 billion

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The transnational firm has announced its plans to sell the unit to Western and Southern Financial Group. Nestle announced this week that it intends to sell off its Gerber Life Insurance unit. Western and Southern Financial Group has agreed to purchase the life insurance unit for $1.55 billion in cash. Nestle chose to sell the insurance unit in order to send its attention back to its core businesses. The transnational company decided to let the Gerber Life Insurance firm go to place its focus back on the consumer health, food…

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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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