What you need to know about Berkshire insurance investing struggles

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Warren Buffett is known for outstanding outcomes in this industry but current figures are sour. In the investing world, Berkshire insurance decisions have often been seen as the gold standard in terms of solid and reliable choices. However, the company’s operating earnings fell in Q2 2019, shocking many investors. Insurers owned by Berkshire saw a substantial plummet in underwriting income in that quarter. Berkshire insurance underwriting income fell by almost 63 percent during the second quarter. This brought it to $353 million. The firm’s reinsurance unit also drooped to a…

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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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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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Program to protect health insurance companies to be expanded

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Government plans to expand reinsurance program to protect insurers The Obama Administration has announced that it will be expanding a program that is designed to protect health insurance companies from high claims. The system serve as a reinsurance program, which provides insurers with the protection they need from the risks that they face. Insurers throughout the country will have the chance to pay into the program, which will partially reimburse them for insurance claims that go beyond a certain level. HHS will have the program cover the cost of claims…

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Cyclone program making insurance news in Australia

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A taskforce is looking into various options such as a reinsurance pool backed by the government. The Abbott government is making insurance news as it considers making financial support available to reduce the premiums that are being paid in certain regions of Australia that are particularly prone to cyclone damage. There have been a number of different potential options presented by the government for this purpose. Among those making the top insurance news include a government-backed reinsurance pool, or a form of coverage specific to cyclones that is provided by…

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Airline insurance for crashed AirAsia plane likely to be well over $100 million

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The jet is the third major airline accident that has happened in 2014, two of which have been in that part of the world. The AirAsia jet that had gone missing and that was recently found crashed in the sea off the coast of Borneo could bring about claims that will be at least $100 million, and this exposure will be placed on Allianz SE, which is the reinsurer for the airline insurance. Tragically, the flight had 162 people on board when it went missing off the Indonesian coast. Allianz…

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Insurance industry benefits from favorable economic climate in the US

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Report shows that new jobs have been added to the insurance sector A favorable economic and business climate has had a beneficial impact on the insurance industry last month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report that shows that the insurance industry has added thousands of new jobs in June, marking modest growth for the industry and highlighting economic activity. The demand for employees among insurers has begun to rise, especially in the health sector where insurers are being forced to comply with new regulations coming from…

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