Personal lines resulted in the US industry experiencing its first and biggest Q1 net loss in over a decade. Low personal lines have caused the US property and casualty insurance industry to experience the largest underwriting loss on record and its first in 12 years, according to a new data analysis of statutory financial statements by S&P Global market Intelligence. The analysis was a preliminary calculation based on the underwriting losses of P&C insurers. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence’s preliminary calculations, property and casualty insurers in the United States…Read More
Can Floridians afford another 40% property insurance rate hike?
Some experts are saying that premiums could experience another massive spike this year. Homeowners in Florida are already paying some of the highest property insurance rates in the United States, but experts are cautioning that even these high levels are likely to see significant increases this year. Some homeowners are already paying three times the national average for their coverage. The Florida Legislature recently passed a number of measures in the hopes of making a long-term impact that will gradually reduce property insurance rates. That said, while those advantages have…Read More
Will heat insurance help protect the poor against extreme temperatures?
As climate change makes the world hotter, the poorest workers in the world might benefit from coverage. By April near Ahmedabad, India, temperatures had already reached 100ºF, an extreme being linked to trends relating to climate change, and one against which heat insurance has the potential to protect affected workers. Everyone from physical laborers to people selling products affected by heat could potentially benefit. Last year, temperatures there reached 114.8ºF, at a peak becoming increasingly commonplace, as 2016’s peak was an even higher 118ºF. That location is far from the…Read More
Massive Wefox insurtech company gets $110M backing from JPMorgan and Barclays
The German firm has announced that it has raised fresh funding from huge financial backers. Wefox, an insurtech company from Germany, has announced that it recently raised $110 million in new funding from big-name backers that included Barclays and JPMorgan. This reveals a notable confidence boost in the rapidly growing insurance technology sector. The insurtech company is based in Berlin and has a primary focus on personal insurance products such as auto, home, and personal liability policies. Instead of underwriting claims, the firm links users with brokers and partner insurers…Read More
Insurance industry climate needs spur new NOAA and NSF research center
A new agreement between the NOAA and NSF will support the creation of the new facility. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have reached an agreement to establish a research center in order to help meet the changing needs of the insurance industry due to climate change. Insurers and reinsurers are among those experiencing the earliest repercussions of climate change. Moreover, the reinsurance and insurance industry are also among those who must develop a specific response to climate change. It must adapt to rapidly…Read More
Auto insurance affordability is a concern for 40% of US drivers
A recent survey has found that the cost is a major cause of stress for many motorists. The combination of the high annual inflation rate means that the cost of living is a growing challenge for Americans, and auto insurance has become a stressful concern. A recent survey showed that 43 percent of insured drivers had experienced a rate hike since last year. The survey was conducted by PolicyGenius. It showed that 43 percent of drivers were paying more in 2023 for their auto insurance coverage than they did in…Read More
Motorcycle Awareness Month reminds riders to ride safely
May is an important time for riders to remind themselves of their safety habits as the warm weather begins. Motorcycle Awareness Month is more than halfway through, and it is offering riders a reminder that riding safe and smart are the best ways to enjoy their time on the road. Education and awareness are the top tools for making sure riders are keeping safe on the road. For Motorcycle Awareness Month, Delaware Governor John Carney and the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have teamed up with the state Office…Read More