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How Pandemic Effects on Supplies, Shipping Compound Wildfire States’ Insurance Woes

A perfect storm appears to brewing for homeowners and property insurers in the drought-plagued, wildfire-riddled U.S. West – and as odd as it may sound, the trouble may have begun with the pandemic. Property insurance rates and availability for homeowners …

Mental Health Drug Prescriptions Rising

The number of Americans taking mental health prescription medication is up 6.4% in the last year, which means that 65 million people (1 in 5) are now prescribed medication to help them cope with stress, anxiety or depression, according to …

The Top 5 Risks Facing Today’s Directors & Officers

Cyber attacks and data loss are the top two risks facing directors and officers, with pandemic-related changes in working practices heightening these concerns, according to a global survey from broker Willis Towers Watson and law firm Clyde & Co. Covering …

SUVs More Deadly to Pedestrians Than Passenger Cars, Says Insurance Safety Study

SUVs are more likely than passenger cars to injure or kill pedestrians, according to a new U.S. insurance industry study which recommended design changes to improve safety. Sport utility vehicles “seem to be more deadly to pedestrians than cars are,” …

Edge Computing, Supply Chains, Deepfakes Among 2020’s Top Emerging Risks: Swiss Re

Pandemic threats were once on the list of potential emerging risks facing the insurance industry and society. Now that this risk has materialized with the COVID-19 crisis, it is perhaps a good time to take a look at the latest …

How Coronavirus Could Add Additional Stress to D&O Insurance Market

Players should expect the directors and officers insurance market to “undergo radical changes” based on 2019 results and the “unprecedented turbulence” created by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an A.M. Best report. A.M. Best expects that the efforts to address …

Chief Risk Officers Believe U.S. Coronavirus Losses Could Top S&P’s $15-$30B Estimate

Analysts for Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings shared a view that U.S. underwriting losses from COVID-19 would fall in the $15-$30 billion range. However, risk officers speaking at a rating agency conference last week said the estimate is light. S&P …

Global Restrictions Substantially Slowed Coronavirus Spread, Research Says

New research shows that the restrictive measures taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus have delivered considerable health benefits. Public health measures including social distancing and lockdowns have prevented more than 500 million additional coronavirus infections …

Autonomous Vehicle Firms Dispute Insurance Study’s Low Estimate of Crash Prevention

Companies working on self-driving vehicles have criticized an insurance industry study suggesting that only a third of all U.S. road crashes could be prevented by driverless cars, arguing that the study has underestimated the technology’s capabilities. The study by the …

Coronavirus Lockdowns Substantially Slowed the Pandemic, Research Says

New research shows that the restrictive measures taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus have delivered considerable health benefits. Public health measures including social distancing and lockdowns have prevented more than 500 million additional coronavirus infections …