Hurricane Beryl Impact on the Insurance Industry: An Early Test of Resilience

Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl has made history as the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record, marking a turbulent start to the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. Despite its initial strength and the potential for significant impact, the insurance industry has so far weathered the storm relatively well. However, the season’s outlook suggests that insurers may need to brace for more challenging weather ahead. Early Strength and Managed Impact Beryl’s rapid intensification caught the attention of meteorologists and industry experts alike. The hurricane’s path through the Caribbean caused concern, but the damage trajectory ultimately…

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Federal Inquiry into Florida’s Homeowners Insurance Crisis: Causes and Solutions

Florida Insurance Crisis

How bad is Florida’s homeowners insurance crisis? The federal government wants to know. Lawmakers dove into that question to gain a greater understanding and explore the growing insurance problems across the country. But amidst the challenges, there are actionable solutions for homeowners. Many are feeling the brunt of rising insurance premiums, so much so that people are shying away from buying a home in Florida after learning that there’s no escaping the insurance problems. Weather disasters are becoming more and more prevalent, even in previously safe areas like Tallahassee. However,…

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State Farm General Downgraded by AM Best Amidst Weakening Balance Sheet

State Farm Insurance Building - A downgrade to B

Overview of State Farm Downgrade In a move that has caught the attention of policyholders and investors alike, AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of State Farm General Insurance Company (State Farm General). This marks a significant shift from an ‘A’ (Excellent) rating to a ‘B’ (Fair) classification, while the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) dropped from “a” (Excellent) to “bb+” (Fair). Implications of Ratings – Balance Sheet Strength Assessed as Weak The Credit Ratings issued by AM Best take into account a variety of factors…

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New bill introduced in California to help overcome homeowners insurance crisis

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The federal bill was proposed by state Representative Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) last week. Last Wednesday, California Representative Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) introduced a new federal bill with the intention of leaving behind the crisis in the homeowners insurance market and propping it back up again following the exit of several insurers from markets across the country. The legislation is called the INSURE Act and would correct the issue through federal reinsurance. The INSURE Act stands for Incorporating National Support for Unprecedented Risks and Emergencies Act. The idea behind it is to…

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Swiss Re seeks creation of cyber insurance linked securities marketplace

Cyber insurance - Protection Security

The global reinsurance giant has stated that the industry needs a new approach to underwriting cyber risk. Swiss Re has issued a call to the industry saying that a new approach is required to underwrite cyber risk while repeating is recommendation for the development for a cyber insurance linked securities (ILS) marketplace. The reinsurance company released a new Institute report including its insights and suggestions. The reinsurer stated in a new Institute report that the cyber risk model is still in its early days and that it has become evident…

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