Natural disaster damage sends homeowners insurance rates skyward

Natural Disaster Damage - Tornado destruction

Insured losses resulting from claims relating to Mother Nature have been climbing sharply. Natural disaster damage has been sending homeowners insurance claims upward and, as a result, it has meant that rates for policies have been rising, too. A new analysis showed that severe storms and other catastrophes are becoming more common. Over the last ten years, natural disaster damage has become more commonplace and more expensive for homeowners and insurers. According to a new analysis, this is causing home insurance rates to head sky high. The analysis was done…

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Tencent takes more of Indian insurance market with 10% Policybazaar stake purchase

Indian Insurance Market - Tencent HQ

The Chinese tech giant has acquired a minority state in the home, auto and life comparison company. Tencent Holding Ltd. has just taken more of its first steps into the Indian insurance market with an acquisition of a 10 percent stake of Indian online insurance aggregator Policybazaar. This values the Indian company at $1.5 billion. The Chinese technology giant has been working to grab a piece of India’s growing insurance sector. The 10 percent Policybazaar stake was obtained through a purchase of half of Tiger Global Management LLC’s stake in…

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Janitorial insurance provides cleaning businesses affordable and necessary coverage

Janitorial Insurance - Industrial - Woman Worker

This coverage is designed to protect against the unique risks faced by this type of business. When you have a home or office cleaning business, janitorial insurance is among the first things you’ll need to investigate as you get started. This coverage is a group of different policies that are packaged together for anything from residential maid services to commercial cleaning businesses. The risks you need to cover depend on the type of cleaning services your company provides. Depending on the size of your business and the nature of the…

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Allstate spikes Illinois homeowners insurance rates for almost 200K policyholders

Illinois Homeowners Insurance Rates - neighborhood of houses

The second largest home insurer in the state is raising rates by 8 percent in early 2020. Allstate will be increasing its Illinois homeowners insurance rates by the largest amount the state has seen in several years. By early next year, policyholders will be paying an average of 8 percent more for their coverage than they are this year. The Illinois Department of Insurance announced the rate hike in a filing they issued on Halloween. Allstate is the second largest home insurance provider in the state. It has just about…

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State of California takes over control of former Berkshire insurance unit

Berkshire Insurance Unit - Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway

The Department of Insurance said that it never gave its approval to the sale of the company. The California Department of Insurance have seized a former Berkshire insurance unit. The regulators claim that the sale of California Insurance Co. was in violation of state regulations. This is the latest step in the ongoing controversy regarding the sale of the unit. Earlier this week, the California Department of Insurance said that it had not given its approval to the sale of the Berkshire insurance unit with Applied Underwriters, a workers’ compensation…

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Judge stops Trump order making immigrant proof of health insurance mandatory

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked the regulation for would-be immigrants. A federal judge has stepped in the way of one of President Donald Trump’s orders that would require would-be immigrants to provide proof of health insurance. Federal health officials and immigration attorneys are concerned that the block is temporary. Officials and immigration attorneys have said that they are still worried that the Trump administration’s order could be put into effect. This would make it a requirement for potential immigrants to provide proof of health insurance. The officials and attorneys…

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4 Things to Consider When Picking a Benefits Plan

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Group benefits are a critical part of your compensation strategy. More importantly, the benefits you provide or don’t provide can affect your retention of key talent. Yet there are many options out there, and it can be hard to choose the right benefit plan for your employees. Here are four things to consider when picking a benefits plan. The Total Price Tag Employees want insurance with no premiums, but they’ll love benefits with low premiums. The difficulty is finding good group insurance plans that offer the coverage employees want at…

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