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Customer climate change top industry concerns

Insurances bosses have listed climate change and customer engagement among key challenges for next year in a KPMG survey…

Bank class action shows coverage gap

A NSW Supreme Court ruling on a Bank of Queensland class action defence claim has highlighted a potential gap in cover under civil liability policies, law firm Allens says…

In Insurance News magazine this month

Allan Fels, the monitor of NSW’s non-existent emergency services levy change and primary foe of the insurance industry, is stirring up insurers again. Believing in the principle of knowing your enemy, Insurance News magazine interviewed the i

Fels yet to respond to ICA complaint

NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor Allan Fels says he has not seen the official complaint made against him by the Insurance Council of Australia…

Deep thinking required post Hayne actuaries say

The Actuaries Institute has urged companies to think “beyond the immediate solution” when addressing issues identified by the Hayne royal commission and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s report on Commonwealth Bank&

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world This is the last Monday edition of insurance NEWS .com.au for 2018. The Daily service will continue until Friday…

Insurers willing to help with telematics costs

Insurers may share the cost of transport industry clients installing telematics or in-cab monitoring systems, Gallagher says…

Christchurch claims service defends impartiality

The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has defended its impartiality after a high-profile commentator advised homeowners against using it…

Businesswomen missing expert advice Vero

Female SME decision-makers are less likely than their male counterparts to seek expert insurance advice, but worry more across a range of issues…

Morgan Stanley upbeat on industry prospects

Australia’s general insurers can expect margins to continue rising along with premium rates, albeit at a moderating pace, Morgan Stanley analysts say…

Fires persist as cyclone forms off Queensland coast

Queensland is continuing to battle more than 100 fires after dangerous conditions persisted at the weekend, while the first tropical cyclone for this season has formed in the Coral Sea…

Fels calls for public submissions on loyalty tax

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor Allan Fels has called for “public submissions” on an alleged “loyalty tax” charged by insurers&he

More CEOs move to sign diversity pledge

More top executives are expected to participate in an industry pledge to create diverse and inclusive workplaces…

Bureau issues another El Nino alert

The Bureau of Meteorology has again warned of the possibility of an El Nino event in the  next few months…

Consumer trust affordability weigh on ICNZ forum

The Insurance Council of New Zealand Conference may have focused on climate change and customer trust, but there were a couple of elephants in the room…

Industry questions rigour of Fels research

The insurance industry has questioned the accuracy of claims by Allan Fels that companies charge 27% more for renewals than new business…

Commercial property maintains premium surge

The Australian commercial property market is seeing signs of reduced capacity, while premiums have risen by 12.5% for three consecutive quarters, broker Marsh says…

year high

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Rising premiums helped insurers and reinsurers record their most profitable September year since 2013/14, latest Australian Prudential Regulation Authority figures sho

Gap closes but industry still lags on gender parity

Women in the financial and insurance services sector suffer the biggest pay inequality in Australia…

Strawberry crisis shakes up product recall market

Demand for product recall cover has spiked since the needles-in-strawberries crisis in September, broker Gallagher says…

Climate Index wont cause premium spike

The Actuaries Institute’s new Climate Index won’t cause insurance premiums to rocket up, Finity Principal Tim Andrews says…

Energy pricing keeps businesses on edge

Australian companies have ranked energy price shocks ahead of cyber attacks as their main threat for the second consecutive year in a World Economic Forum survey…

Brokers could do better on dispute responses

Brokers can do more to improve the way complaints are handled, the industry’s Code Compliance Committee says…

Industry maintains profitability trend KPMG

General insurance and financial services news from Australia and around the world Insurance profits grew 4% to $5 billion last financial year, building on the previous year’s 25% jump, and further improvement is expected amid a long-awaited up




 

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