Storm insurance losses from Hurricane Florence may reach $5 billion

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North and South Carolina are still in only the earliest stages of gauging the wind and water damage. Analysts are beginning to attempt to determine what the storm insurance losses from Hurricane Florence will be, even at this early stage. Regions of both North and South Carolina are just getting started in determining the extent of the damage left behind by the massive Atlantic storm. Early estimates may not necessarily reflect final totals, but the industry is trying to get a hold of the numbers. Risk Management Solutions (RMS) has…

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Technology is becoming more important to the insurance industry

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Technology may direct the future of the insurance industry as a whole in the coming years Technology is beginning to play a very important role in the insurance industry. 2015 was the first year in which technology issues took up a significant degree of discourse within the industry. During the recent Property/Casualty Insurance Joint Industry Forum in New York, several insurance experts noted that change is coming quickly to the industry. Insurers will have to prepare to tackle challenges concerning technology in order to continue operating effectively. Volume of data…

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Lack of earthquake insurance could cause problems for the Bay Area

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RMS report highlights dangers for the property insurance sector in the San Francisco region The San Francisco region may be struck by a powerful earthquake in the coming years, and the potential damage such a disaster could cause may not be covered by insurance. RMS, a risk management firm serving the insurance and reinsurance industries, has released a new report that highlights the impact that earthquakes may have on the insurance sector. In California, earthquake insurance is becoming increasingly rare, as consumers and businesses alike begin seeing this type of…

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The Insurance Industry and Climate Change

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Climate change does not escape the notice of insurers Climate change is a controversial issue, but not so controversial that the insurance industry would avoid it. Indeed, many insurance groups around the world are beginning to consider climate change a very serious problem that should receive equally serious attention. While climate change has become heavily politicized, the insurance industry is keen to remain somewhat neutral on the matter, suggesting that the potential damages that can be associated with climate change are a more important subject than the cause of climate…

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Higher insurance and reinsurance prices may be linked to new RMS catastrophe model

State Farm customers in northeastern Louisiana may soon be paying more for their homeowners insurance as the company looks to state regulators for approval of a rate increase of 19.5%. The insurer claims that higher rates are the result of recent fires, tornados and other natural disasters occurring in the state. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says that he has never before experienced such a steep increase in insurance rates, especially in the northern part of the states that are not often subject to such rate increases. The rate at which…

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Insurer’s move away from RMS hurricane model amidst controversy

Hurricane risk models were a popular subject for insurers this week during the annual meeting of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Earlier in the year, risk modeling agency Risk Management Solutions (RMS) introduced revisions to its U.S. hurricane model. The changes generated some controversy when they were first announced, but have since become an all-encompassing issue for property insurers in coastal regions. These insurers expressed their discontent for the new model during the meeting, citing multiple factors that have made it more costly to do business in the…

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This year’s hurricane predictions are a big concern for insurance industry

Risk Management Solutions, a world leader in catastrophic risk modeling, has released a new study regarding hurricanes that has sent ripples of concern throughout the insurance industry. Hurricane season is here and it is expected that several major hurricanes will form in the Atlantic Ocean on their way to Florida. The study suggests that if even one of these hurricanes makes landfall and forces its way to the interior of the state, the damage would be unprecedented. This has caused many insurers in Florida to speculate how the report could…

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