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Auto Claims Climbed with Summer Reopenings, but Dropping Again as Virus Rages

The sharp reduction in personal auto claims that followed COVID-19 shutdown orders began to fade away after the Memorial Day weekend, but frequency appears to dropping again in reaction to a resurgence of the disease. Andy Cohen, chief operating officer …

Buffett’s Geico Offers $2.5 Billion Credits as Coronavirus Cuts Driving

Geico Corp, part of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said on Tuesday it will offer about $2.5 billion of credits to its 19 million auto and motorcycle policyholders, reflecting the decline in driving stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The …

Owner’s Latest Claim for Damaged Yacht Hits Shoal in Federal Appellate Court

James Shackleford paid $120,000 for a 65-foot sailboat in 2009, hoping to fix up the vessel and one day sail around the globe. That voyage never happened. Instead, the yacht that Shackleford christened Sea the World was struck by lightning. …

Aviation Industry Expects Double-Digit Premium Hikes After 737 MAX Grounding

The aviation industry is bracing for double-digit insurance premium hikes for the first time in about 15 years, as insurers wrestle with higher costs from aircraft groundings, including the grounding of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX jets following two fatal crashes, …

GEICO Gets Progressive, Joins Auto Insurers Offering Telematics

Berkshire Hathaway’s GEICO auto insurer has joined the ranks of carriers using telematics to track and improve driver behavior—after resisting for years. GEICO has been one of the few among the top 10 largest personal auto insurance carriers without a …

Insurance, Economy, Tariffs Weigh on Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday said its quarterly operating profit fell more than analysts expected, as weakness in insurance underwriting, a slowing economy and trade woes weighed on the conglomerate run by billionaire Warren Buffett. Berkshire’s auto insurer Geico suffered …

Ethiopian Crash Could be Largest Non-War Aviation Reinsurance Claim: Willis Re

LONDON — Liability claims related to the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft could be the largest non-war aviation reinsurance claim on record, hitting reinsurers’ profitability, reinsurance broker Willis Re said. The crash of …

Berkshire Profit Surges as Buffett’s Insurers Weather Storms

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s insurers dodged the worst of losses caused by Hurricane Florence as the businesses kept up their rebound from a rough 2017. The company’s operating profit doubled last quarter, capitalizing on trends ranging from more train traffic on …

Disaster Losses Cut Q3 Berkshire Hathaway Profits by 43%

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Friday that its third-quarter profit fell 43 percent because of a $1.4 billion insurance underwriting loss from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and earthquakes in Mexico. The Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate owns Geico and several …

Berkshire Hathaway Likely to Post First Losses in More Than a Decade

The insurance business has been good to Warren Buffett. For decades, his stable of carriers at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. have provided him billions of dollars to invest. They’ve also turned an underwriting profit every year since 2002. That streak could …