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RRS to Address Auto Coverage Gap Through Xpress Autoguard Program

Reliance Risk Solutions (RRS), the high net worth personal insurance division of Appalachian Underwriters, has developed a new program to address the coverage gap for many personal and commercial automobile policies with regard to physical damage loss settlement. RRS’s Xpress …

Anthem Not Giving Up on Merger with Cigna Even If Cigna Is

Anthem Inc. on Wednesday won a temporary restraining order that blocks smaller rival Cigna Corp. from officially terminating their proposed $54 billion merger, a transaction already rejected by U.S. antitrust regulators. Judge Travis Laster of Delaware’s Court of Chancery granted …

Trump Labor Chief Nominee Puzder Loses Republican Support, Withdraws

In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be …

Wraight, New Director of Academy of Insurance, Focuses on Learning Customers’ Needs

Patrick Wraight has been named the director of the Insurance Journal Academy of Insurance, a leading property/casualty insurance learning center that is part of the Wells Media Group. Wraight, an Army veteran, comes to the Academy with more than 12 …

Chubb Expands Global Cyber Facility with Multiline Peril Endorsements

Chubb has launched a suite of multiline cyber peril endorsements for its Global Cyber Facility to helps risk managers address exposure gaps in their insurance portfolio and respond to the concerns of their c-suite and board. First introduced in 2015, …

AIG’s Losing Streak Continued in Q4

American International Group Inc. posted its fourth loss in six quarters, burned again by higher-than-expected claims costs as Chief Executive Officer Peter Hancock struggles to sustain profitability. The net loss widened to $3.04 billion, or $2.96 a share, from a …

Sapiens to Acquire Insurance Tech Firm StoneRiver for $102 Million

Israel-based insurance software firm Sapiens International Corp. has agreed to acquire privately-held insurance technology firm StoneRiver Inc. for approximately $102 million in cash. Headquartered in Denver, StoneRiver’s software product portfolio is comprised of a policy administration suite, rating, underwriting, illustrations, …

Agency Organic Growth Slowed in 2016: Reagan

Organic revenue growth among insurance agencies and brokerage firms fell in 2016 to 4.2 percent– its lowest annual rate since 2011. The year ended on a positive note, however, as fourth-quarter organic growth outpaced the 3.6 percent recorded in the …

Lloyd’s Sees Political Risk Insurance Opportunity in Trump, Brexit

Lloyd’s of London Chief Executive Officer Inga Beale said Donald Trump’s presidency and the U.K.’s planned exit from the European Union are creating opportunities to sell insurance guarding commercial clients against disruptions in global commerce. “I wouldn’t be surprised if …

Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Defends Role in International Regulation

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, in response to a warning from a U.S. congressman to halt global regulatory talks in the early stages of Donald Trump’s presidency, said in a letter the Fed has the authority and responsibility to consult …

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