EIOPA watchdog seeks insurance company capital regulations overhaul

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The EU organization is aiming to establish a more hands-on approach to the rules. The European Union’s insurance company capital regulations require an overhaul that would provide a closer reflection of low interest rates, said the EU insurance watchdog. It also stated that stronger authority for intervention were required, such as banning dividends in order to maintain solvency throughout market shocks. The EU’s Solvency II capital requirements from insurers is currently in a review process. The Solvency II insurance company capital regulations impact insurers throughout the EU, including Allianz, Generali,…

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Lemonade renters insurance rolls out to French tenants

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The industry disrupting insurer is now entering its third country in the European Union. Lemonade renters insurance is now moving into its third European market as it takes its first steps into France. The insurer has already entered into the Netherlands and Germany in the European market. Though Lemonade renters insurance is entering a growing number of European countries, it originally from the United States. It is now a public company with a current market capitalization near $4 billion. The insurer will be in direct competition with a local firm…

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Lloyd’s of London insurance marketplace acknowledges historic ties to slave trade

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The 334-year-old firm and Greene King have pledged to make amends for their pasts. The massive Lloyd’s of London insurance marketplace and Greene King have announced their intentions to make amends for their involvements in racist history, particularly the slave trade that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries. The firms have been forced to take a hard look at the disturbing portions of their company histories. The insurance marketplace and the owner of a string of pubs and breweries are both taking a closer look at the role…

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Pandemic forces Lloyd’s of London insurance contracts into review

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The massive marketplace is re-examining the way coverage products are designed due to COVID-19. Lloyd’s of London has launched a new review of its insurance contracts, taking a new look at the way products are created and sold. The purpose is to develop simpler products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Insurers have suffered considerable reputational damage due to the complexity of their products. This complexity in insurance contracts has made it difficult for businesses to understand. The result has been a wave of court cases meant to decide whether…

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Toyota Insurance partners with Swiss Re European risk rating system

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The automaker has announced that it is joining the insurer’s vehicle risk rating system. Toyota insurance has become the latest partner in the Swiss Re platform that assigns a vehicle risk score to make it easier for insurers to calculate premiums that take new safety features into account. This new partnership will apply to the Toyota and Lexus vehicle models rolling out in Europe. By way of this partnership with Toyota Insurance Services (TIS)/Toyota Insurance Management Europe, Swiss Re’s Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS) risk score will be extended to…

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Canadian insurance industry sees areas of growth throughout pandemic

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While the COVID-19 crisis rages on, and insurers face challenges, some are thriving. The Canadian insurance industry has measured some pockets of growth in specific areas of coverage throughout the pandemic crisis. Insurers are struggling in the areas of coverage disagreements, particularly in business interruption policies. Business interruption and travel policies are often leading to disputes over coverage, lawsuits, angry clients and customers, and economic challenges among others. However, in other areas, some considerable opportunities have opened up for certain types of product lines to grow and developed. Among those…

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Tencent’s WeSure insurance platform faces misleading marketing fine

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The Chinese parent company behind WeChat and QQ is facing disciplinary action from Beijing. Chinese tech giant Tencent owns an insurer called WeSure insurance, which lets consumers purchase various forms of coverage online. They can make these purchases via QQ or WeChat, the company’s social media networks. That insurer has been slapped with a fine for running a marketing campaign that was misleading. The fine is a reflection of Beijing’s determination to firmly regulate the largest internet market in the world. That said, the fine against WeSure insurance was only…

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