State farm fire prevention project tests electrical wiring sensors for problems

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The insurance company is sending homeowners sensors in a pilot testing for electrical defects. A new State Farm fire prevention program pilot has launched. It will use sensors to detect electrical wiring hazards in 40,000 homes in California, Texas, and Arizona. The goal is to provide consumers with a way to prevent electrical wiring fires and measure savings. The State Farm fire prevention pilot will send the sensors to the homeowners to measure customer acceptance and potential savings if the program were to be broadened. The insurer’s vice president and…

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The Allstate Corporation boosts support to business ownership diversity

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The insurance company has focused on a corporate bond offering comprised exclusively of MWVBEs. The Allstate Corporation recently priced $1.2 billion of 5-year and 10-year senior notes via a syndicate comprised of exclusively minority-, women-, and veteran-owned business enterprises (MWVBEs). The insurance company’s move represents a first of its kind bond offering of this size. The Allstate Corporation’s bond offering is the first of this size with exclusive management by MWVBEs. It represents a substantial step in underscoring the insurance company’s focus on diversity and equality. “It is time to…

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Travel insurance coverage purchasing is on the rise among Americans

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A Generali Global Assistance survey says 51 percent are now buying these policies. Generali Global Assistance (GGA) published its travel insurance coverage survey finds, showing that Americans are purchasing these policies more often when they head away from home. This, according to the Holiday/2021 Travel Sentiment Survey held from October 26 to November 5. The GGA travel insurance coverage survey involved the participation of 1,138 travelers in the United States. It asked about their upcoming plans and preferences for heading away. The findings showed that 74 percent who said that…

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Pandemic insurance losses were bigger than what Lloyd’s of London expected

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The cost on a global scale for 2020 will be greater than what the insurance marketplace estimated. Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairperson at Lloyd’s of London, announced that the global pandemic insurance losses this year will be higher than what they had previously estimated. Sixteen different business insurance lines are facing claims at the 334-year-old Lloyd’s of London. Chairperson Carnegie-Brown recently spoke at the Reuters Events Future of Insurance USA conference. There, he stated that the pandemic insurance losses would be comparable with the price tag associated with the catastrophes that struck…

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Walmart pet insurance launched as pandemic animal adoptions spike

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The retailer is offering coverage through Petplan and is also offering the Rover feature for services. Beyond buying kibble and leashes at the retailer, customers can now purchase Walmart pet insurance to help cover veterinary costs in the case of unexpected illness or injury. The retailer spotted the appeal of the coverage as the pandemic has caused animal adoptions to skyrocket. The Walmart pet insurance is launched at the same time that the Rover service has become available to connect customers with services such as dog walkers and sitters. The…

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Cost of workers’ compensation in US falling, but coverage is on its way up

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A new report compared data over the years following 2014 and showed the coverage is improving. The cost of workers’ compensation in the United States is steadily dropping, even as the coverage it provides appears to be rising. The Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Costs, and Coverage report examined data from 2018, comparing it with updated data for 2014 through 2017. This was conducted by the National Academy of Social insurance and the data is publicly available. This is the 23rd consecutive year for the report on the cost of workers’ compensation.…

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Marsh report showed US commercial insurance prices spiked in Q3 2020

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There was an increase of 18 percent, primarily driven by higher property exposure rates. American commercial insurance prices rose by a striking 18 percent in this year’s third quarter, said a recent Marsh LLC report. The driving forces behind this sharp rise was higher rates for property exposures as well as for both financial and professional lines, said its authors. There was a 24 percent increase in US business property rates in the third quarter, said the report. That 24 percent property rate increase represents the largest spike in this…

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