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February 25, 2021 Edition

Headlines
 
 
 
Driven by a few years of losses, a wild 2020 and the continuation of uncertainty related to the COVID pandemic, global insurance prices continue to rise, according to the fourth quarter 2020 results of the Global Market Insurance Index.
 
 
The amendment, which came after testimony from insurance industry representatives, elicited strong objections from Mike Kreidler, Washington's state insurance commissioner and supporter of the ban.
 
 

 

Business
 
 
 
U.S. workplace safety regulators have announced more than $4 million in penalties on more than 300 employers they say put workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. But about two-thirds of these employers aren’t paying up.
 
 
Barring another overly severe catastrophe season in 2021, the segment is likely to post underwriting gains this year.
 
The U.S. excess and surplus lines insurance sector now has a "stable" rather than a "negative" outlook.
 
 
The fourth quarter of 2020 was the 13th consecutive quarter with increased prices and the third consecutive quarter in which premiums increased for all lines. Large accounts saw the largest increase at 13.7%, followed by medium accounts at 11.7% and small accounts at 6.7%.
 
COVID-19 and the economic downturn have heightened underwriting scrutiny and risk aversion from insurers. In North America, more frequent high-severity claims, a severe storm season and the pandemic are putting strain on pricing, limits, deductibles, coverage terms and claims performance.
 
 

 

Education
 
 
 
Prolonged and increasingly destructive wildfire seasons are caused by several important factors. Learn more about each one in this post.
 
 
Insurers can help customers who have been significantly affected by the pandemic, and build a foundation for long-term success, by proactively connecting and providing protection solutions, says an industry expert. 
 
 
Teens living in states where marijuana has been legalized for adults are more likely to use the drug than their peers in states where it remains illegal.
 
 

 

Environment
 
 
 
If the nearly 4.3 million residential homes across the country with substantial flood risk were to be insured through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the NFIP rates would need to increase 4.5 times to cover the risk today.
 
 

 

Innovation
 
 
 
It's a La Nina winter, the kind that traditionally lead to an above-average snowpack. A new tool can help you keep tabs on whether the snowpack is living up to the forecast.
 
Internet of Things (IoT) devices can turn  cyber risks into physical risks, and insurers and re-insurers need to understand this emerging trend, says a new report. 
 
 

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