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Major agencies involved in tsunami exercise

A massive exercise simulating a tsunami hitting the coasts of Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania has illustrated the potential damage that low-lying areas could suffer…

Industry not ready for new accounting standards

Australian insurers and their overseas peers are running out of time to prepare for the transition to two new global accounting standards that will come into effect in 2021, KMPG says…

Australian cyber market growth to outpace global expansion

Growth in Australia’s cyber insurance market is expected to surge over the next few years, outpacing the expected trajectory for almost all developed countries, Aon says in a quarterly update…

Insurers hit back at brokers over claims criticism

Insurers have labelled as “scattergun” and “extremely disappointing” brokers’ allegations that poor claims experience is becoming more common in the industry…

PDS and key facts sheets Useless say researchers

Product disclosure statements and key fact sheets are not helping consumers choose the best insurance cover, according to a study commissioned by the Financial Rights Legal Centre…

Allianz first up as Hayne turns to general insurance

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Allianz this afternoon became the first general insurer to face the Hayne royal commission as Chief GM Retail Distribution Michael Winter was questioned about &ldquo

NZ SMEs shift towards online buying

New Zealand SMEs are “increasingly comfortable” seeking insurance online, according to the latest Vero research…

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Privacy breaches and sexual misconduct revelations may trigger more directors’ and officers’ claims in Australia if US trends are followed, management liability specialist Kevin LaCroix says…

Experts predict severe bushfire season

Most of Australia’s east coast will experience above-normal fire risk this summer, as the region continues to suffer drought…

Intermediary premium holds steady

Insurance intermediaries invoiced $10.4 billion of premium in the half-year to June 30, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority says…

NIBA chief warns insurers over claims turmoil

National Insurance Brokers Association CEO Dallas Booth says insurers are consistently failing to pay claims because of industry “turmoil”…

Royal commission opens insurance hearings

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world The Hayne royal commission today opened its insurance-round hearings with examples of misconduct and cases where behaviour has fallen short of community standards an

Complaints to FOS rise 5

The number of general insurance disputes lodged with the Financial Ombudsman Service in the June quarter increased 5.3% to 3552…

O market

The directors’ and officers’ insurance market in New Zealand is experiencing premium increases of 10-50% as a surge in class actions in Australia spreads fear, according to a new Willis Towers Watson report…

Bureau warns of worsening bushfire risk

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its spring outlook, with warmer and drier than average conditions expected across much of Australia…

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Allianz has been crowned large general insurance company of the year for the third year in a row at the Australian Insurance Industry Awards…

Hayne hearings tipped to focus on claims

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Consumer groups and industry commentators expect the Hayne royal commission’s insurance hearings to focus strongly on claims…

Kaikoura quake caused unusual rupture

The Kaikoura earthquake shook the ground more than most other known quakes, new research has shown…

EQC restructures to improve claims

New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission has made changes to its leadership and organisational structures, to improve the claims process…

Fire chiefs warn over extended season

Extended wildfire seasons across the globe could cause major problems in Australia, experts have warned…

Committee tells brokers to lift breach oversight

Brokers have been urged to step up efforts to identify and report breaches of the Insurance Brokers Code of Practice…

Benign weather buoys industry profit

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world The industry recorded a 23.9% rise in net profit to $3.8 billion for the year to June 30, latest Australian Prudential Regulation Authority data shows…

O coverage gap

Almost 25% of directors in New Zealand lack directors’ and officers’ coverage as part of their remuneration packages, and insurers say premium costs are not to blame…

Hobart storm claims hit 100 million

Insured losses from devastating storms and floods in parts of Hobart and the southern suburb of Kingston three months ago have reached almost $100 million, and the Insurance Council of Australia says more than half the household claims have alre

Hayne commission highlights trust challenge PwC

Insurers have been urged to improve culture and conduct as the Hayne royal commission continues to expose bad behaviour in the financial services sector…

Aon urged to drop NZ fee impasse

Aon New Zealand continues to sit outside the broking industry’s peak body, the Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand, in a long-running dispute over a membership fee increase…

NSW battles winter bushfires

NSW firefighters have been tackling about 80 bushfires across the drought-afflicted state, and experts warn there could be worse to come…

Weather patterns point to greater drought risk

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Indian Ocean temperature patterns may worsen any southern Australian rainfall shortages caused by an El Nino climate event this year…




 

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