Articles by Don Jergler

Report Says 6.6M-Plus Atlantic, Gulf Coast Homes at Risk of Storm Surge

More than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge with a total reconstruction cost value estimated to be nearly $1.5 trillion, according to a recently released report. The report from the …

Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues

A report issued in June shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues to stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions’ 2015 …

Spate of Climate Change Reports Ahead of Global Summit

Ahead of December’s big and much-talked about United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11, it seems there’s been an information ramp up of sorts. I’m not just talking about Pope Francis’ crusade to call attention to climate change – he most recently said …

Most Drivers Mum About Ridesharing, Although Many Agents Ask

Roughly three quarters of ridesharing drivers don’t have ridesharing insurance, and nearly eight-in-10 conduct their ridesharing activities covertly and keep their insurer or agent in the dark. Two informal polls from a popular Forbes blogger known as The Rideshare Guy …

Insurers Stepping Toward Greater Green Investment Footprint

This is the second of a two-part column on green bonds. The first installment focused on bond sales. Australian carrier QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has invested $190 million Australian Dollars ($148.42 million) in four green bonds in the last year-and-a-half, …

Will Uber Employee Status Ruling in California Impact Its Business Model?

An Uber driver is an employee not a contractor, according to a California Labor Commission ruling on Wednesday that opens the door to more scrutiny over the rideshare giant’s business model. Earlier in the day some media outlets reported that …

First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement

Farmers became the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product in late-May. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group Inc. CEO …

Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues

A report issued today shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions released its 2015 …

B Corp Status Gives California Agency Conscientious Bragging Rights

Already considering itself a socially and environmentally minded business, Burnham Benefits Insurance Services took the next logical step and went for an official designation that would help alert others to their mindset. That was the motivation Steve Vilas, Burnham’s vice …

Green Bond Wave Ahead of Climate Change Conference in Paris?

This is the first of a two-part column on green bonds. The second installment will include interviews with Axa, QBE and Zurich. Ahead the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, also called COP21 or CMP11, there are those who expect …