State of California takes over control of former Berkshire insurance unit

Berkshire Insurance Unit - Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway

The Department of Insurance said that it never gave its approval to the sale of the company. The California Department of Insurance have seized a former Berkshire insurance unit. The regulators claim that the sale of California Insurance Co. was in violation of state regulations. This is the latest step in the ongoing controversy regarding the sale of the unit. Earlier this week, the California Department of Insurance said that it had not given its approval to the sale of the Berkshire insurance unit with Applied Underwriters, a workers’ compensation…

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Long term care insurance takes another hit from exiting insurers

Long Term Care Insurance Industry - Insurance companies exiting - Goodbye

Another major player in this sector of the insurance industry has announced its market withdrawal. Amid a slew of existing struggles in the long term care insurance industry, Genworth has now announced that it has stopped selling individual stand-alone policies. Genworth had once been the largest seller of L.T.C. coverage in the United States. Genworth’s cessation of long term care insurance sales is immediate as a part of a broader move. This is becoming an increasing trend in the long term care insurance industry. Genworth is no longer selling individual…

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Over 41% of long-term care insurance policies are in these 10 states

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There are approximately 8 million Americans with L.T.C. coverage, and nearly half reside in 10 states. Newly released American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (A.A.L.T.C.I.) data shows that approximately 8 million Americans are covered by some form of L.T.C. policy. That said, between one third and one half of those policyholders live in only 10 states across the country. The data is from 2017 but represents the latest issued by the N.A.I.C. annual study findings. The A.A.L.T.C.I. based its data on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (N.A.I.C.) national study.…

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Insurance companies are struggling with a “Talent Crisis”

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A new report has revealed a considerable struggle among businesses in the industry to hire and keep employees. Insurance companies are facing a significant struggle in overcoming a “talent crisis” across the industry, says a new report. Insurers are finding that they are required to be far more proactive and pay workers more. The report stated that to hire and retain employees, insurance companies are required to be considerably more proactive and pay more than they have before. Increasing retirements and low unemployment rates have created an environment of high…

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American Insurance Association enters coalition between US and UK despite Brexit

American Insurance Association UK coalition

The trade association for P/C insurance leaders will use the coalition to make notable improvements. As Brexit Day in March 2019 moves ever closer, the American Insurance Association was undaunted and joined a coalition between the United States and the United Kingdom. The goal is to boost discussion from both countries regarding investment and trade in the industry. The American Insurance Association is the property and casualty insurance industry trade association. It recently announced it would join the American side of the Financial and Related Professional Services Coalition with the…

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Will insurance industry giants continue to be “too big to fail”?

Insurance Industry Giants - Metlife Building New York

A new memo is currently circulating to propose legislation removing that status from massive insurers. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is circulating a memo to remove insurance industry giants from their “too big to fail” designation. The memo stated that proposed legislation would take that status away from even the biggest insurers in the country. The designation was granted to MetLife, AIG and Prudential immediately following the recent financial crisis. A regulatory consortium, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, deemed the insurance industry giants as “systematically important” to the American economy. That…

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Insurance industry takes considerable interest in commercial drones

liability Insurance industry policy for drones

Insurers have started catching onto what many other sectors have been doing with these flying devices. Across the United States, Canada and several other countries, the insurance industry has been watching the use of commercial drones by real estate agents for listings, farmers for crop monitoring and even mapping for the oil sands, as the use of these flying devices does come with a certain degree of risk. Insurance companies have spotted this risk and are coming up with products to help protect businesses using drones. Drones can offer amazing…

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