National General to be acquired by Allstate for $4 billion

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The insurance giant is making the purchase to expand its auto reach and independent agent business. Insurance giant Allstate Corp announced this week that it will purchase National General Holdings Corp for about $4 billion. This will be a cash purchase, boosting the insurer’s auto insurance business just as the pandemic crisis has made that sector highly profitable. Auto insurance claims are way down due to the smaller amount of traffic on the roads. National General shareholders will be compensated with $32 per share in cash. They will also receive…

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What to consider when applying for a loan

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Whether you are looking for money to set up your own business, or you just need a bit of extra cash to pay for an emergency boiler repair, there comes a point in most people’s lives when you need some outside financing. There are a variety of loans available for you to consider suitable for a variety of situations. To help you, here is what you should consider when applying for a loan. What do you need the loan for? Are you planning on getting a loan to help you…

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Unemployment insurance fraud spikes as identity theft rises in pandemic crisis

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North Dakota is a clear example of this troubling trend throughout the first half of 2020. Identity theft has become much more prevalent during the pandemic crisis, leading to a tremendous surge in unemployment insurance fraud filings. Claims of identity theft have taken off during the first six months of 2020. The Consumer Protection Division of the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office has processed more claims relating to identity theft in the first half of this year than in any other complete year on record, said attorney Parrell Grossman, speaking…

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State Farm Life Insurance must pay $34M class-action plaintiffs, federal appeals court

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The 8th US Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling that policyholders in Missouri must be repaid. State Farm Life Insurance must repay Missouri policyholders more than $34 million for having charged them undisclosed fees, ruled the 8th US Court of Appeals. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of 25,000 policyholders back in 2016. The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit were people who had purchased policies from State Farm Life Insurance between 1994 and 2004. The lawsuit alleged that the insurer’s policy premiums were said to be…

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Lemonade IPO takes off by 132 percent in first day of trading

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The tech-driven insurance company’s initial public offering proved to be a great success. Investors proved highly enthusiastic over the Lemonade IPO that took place on Thursday, sending the company’s share up by more than 130 percent on its debut trading day. The newly public firm is a tech-driven insurance company focused on digitizing the customer experience. The Lemonade IPO placed the spotlight on this insurer that has provided consumers with a fully digitized experience for purchasing and managing various forms of coverage. The company has Softbank’s backing and had originally…

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Nationwide starts July as fully independent insurance agency carrier

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The company has completed its transition which has been ongoing over the last 18 months. Nationwide has announced that as of July 1, it has become an independent insurance agency carrier. The Columbus, Ohio-based insurer has kept its relationships with 99 percent of its formerly captive agents. For 18 months, the insurer has been working on the transition process to become an independent insurance agency carrier. Throughout that time, it has managed to keep over 99 percent of its agents, who were formerly employed by the company. Now, those insurance…

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COVID-19 pandemic crisis may be the most expensive event for insurance

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Though uncertainty remains regarding the final cost, the coronavirus will be among the costliest. The final total is far from known for the insurance and reinsurance industry in terms of the cost of the pandemic crisis, but it is expected to be one of the most expensive event price tags in history. A new report published by reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter points to record costs. The pandemic is particularly dangerous because of two primary factors. The first is that it comes with ongoing potential for causing unexpected and unpredictable loss…

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