CEA News

Policyholders File Claims, Get Payments For California Quake

The California Earthquake Authority reported Tuesday it has paid numerous claims for damage to homes that sustained “relatively minor damage” from the magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck La Habra on March 28. Most CEA claim payments to date from the …

Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost

Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

Fitch Affirms California Earthquake Authority’s ‘A’ Rating

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the “A” rating on California Earthquake Authority’s outstanding fixed-rate revenue bonds, which mature on July 1, 2016. Fitch has also affirmed CEA’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “A.” The Rating Outlook is Stable. “The ratings reflect …

CEA Taps First Chief Information Officer

The California Earthquake Authority named Todd Coombes as the CEA’s first chief information officer. Following a recommendation from consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers, CEA’s governing board approved adding a CIO to the executive team. Coombes starts June 3. Coombes, a business-technology executive with …

California Earthquake Authority Kicks off Second Marketing Program for Agents

The business of selling earthquake insurance to homeowners may have just gotten a bit easier. The California Earthquake Authority has launched its annual “Marketing Value Program,” in which the quasi-private earthquake insurer encourages agents to sign up to receive at …

California Earthquake Authority to Pay Back Wages

The California Earthquake Authority, the state’s quasi-private earthquake insurer, is planning to pay furlough back wages to current and former agency employees who lost salary to the policy, the Sacramento Bee is reporting. CEA told the Bee that the agency …

California Earthquake Authority Inks Risk Deal Sans Reinsurance

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has completed what it called a “first-of-its-kind transaction,” taking reinsurance out of the equation and opening “a more direct path” to transfer financial risks posed by earthquakes, the authority said. Embarcadero Re, a Bermuda-based special …

Stress Test Results Confirm Strength of European Insurance Industry

The second stress test of European insurers, conducted by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), has confirmed “the robustness of the European insurance market and its ability to withstand severe stress scenarios,” notes the European (re)insurance federation (CEA). …

Californians’ Biggest Disaster Fear: Earthquakes

Of the many possible disasters that could befall Californians, Golden State residents fear earthquakes the most, according to a recent poll. Statewide, 57 percent of voters cite earthquakes as their greatest threat from nature, more than twice the proportion saying …

Tremblor Shakes SF on Anniversary of 1906 Quake

A small earthquake centered near San Francisco rattled the area hours after a ceremony was held to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed much of the city. The U.S. Geological Survey says the April 18 …