86 percent of homeowners think they have their hurricane preparedness under control

Hurricane Preparedness - Hurricane Laura as a category 4

Many property owners aren’t taking into consideration the additional challenges from COVID-19. Even after the devastation left behind by the major storms last week, most homeowners feel they have made adequate hurricane preparedness efforts, according to a recent survey. When Hurricane Laura reached the US Gulf Coast, it struck as a highly powerful category 4. According to the research conducted by ValuePenguin, most homeowners – 86 percent – feel that the hurricane preparedness steps they have taken are enough. However, thousands of people who were in the path of last…

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Tencent’s WeSure insurance platform faces misleading marketing fine

WeSure Insurance - Tencent Tower

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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How the Pandemic Will Change Our Lives for the Foreseeable Future

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Facing the uncertainty of life during the time of COVID-19 is incredibly taxing. From worrying about job security and the health and safety of loved ones, many are struggling to comprehend the long-term effects of this pandemic. Any plans for the future have seemingly been shelved as it has not yet been determined when things will go back to normal. If you are concerned about how the pandemic will change your life for the foreseeable future, take a few action steps now to ensure you are creating as much stability…

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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

Most Expensive Event - Costs - US dollars

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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Workers compensation insurance market starts to feel the COVID-19 pinch

Workers Compensation insurance - Coronavirus - mask

The coronavirus is now making itself felt in this additional part of the industry. Workers compensation insurance companies are now working quickly to keep up with the sudden influx of claims resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This has been made all the more complex as the regulatory landscape shifts throughout the country. Many states have been changing the regulations to which the workers compensation insurance companies must adhere in the face of COVID-19. For instance, the state commission for this coverage gave its unanimous approval to repeal a controversial emergency…

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Louisiana business interruption bill may change coverage due to COVID-19

Business interruption insurance - COVID-19 Test

Legislators are reviewing the bill to decide if insurers should be forced to pay pandemic claims. Legislators in Louisiana are reviewing a business interruption insurance bill. It may require insurers with operations within the state to have to cover claims connected to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislature recently went into session following about 2 months of suspended work due to COVID-19. Both the House and the Senate will need to complete as much as they can by June 1, 2020. The delay they’ve already faced over the last two months…

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