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What University of Washington’s Climate Risk and Insurance Summit Has in Common with Paris

It may not be a climate change summit for the ages like last year’s Paris meeting in which world leaders hashed out a historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions, but it does have two things in common with the 2015 United …

Maryland Commissioner Redmer Elected Chair of NAIC Northeast Zone

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Northeast Zone has elected Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Al Redmer, Jr., as its new chair. Redmer succeeds Susan L. Donegan, the outgoing commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), who served as …

Climate Change Easy Bet to Be Hot Topic at Insurance Regulators’ Meeting

Mark down the Climate Change and Global Warming Working Group as the odds-on favorite committee to produce the most interesting chatter during the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting next week in The Big Easy. Climate change buzz has continued …

California Commissioner Explains Call for Insurer Divestment from Coal

One can say California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has a beef with coal. Jones made a bold move on Jan. 25 when he asked all insurance companies doing business in California to voluntarily divest from their investments in thermal coal …

Former California Insurance Commissioner, Past NAIC President Barger Dies

Richards D. Barger, a former insurance commissioner and a former president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, died on Sunday. The cause is not yet known. He was 87. Barger, who went by the name Dick, devoted his practice …

Scant U.S. Insurance Presence at Paris Summit, Says Ceres

You’d think just about everyone who’s anyone attended the massive climate change summit in Paris ending this week. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, drew an estimated 50,000 attendees to discuss ways to reduce Mankind’s carbon footprint, as well …

Missouri Insurance Director Huff Elected NAIC President

Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have elected 2016 officers who will will assume their duties on Jan. 1, 2016. President: Missouri Insurance Director John M. Huff President-Elect: Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark Vice President: Wisconsin …

California Insurance Company Oversight Law Signed

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 553, which establishes new oversight aimed at reducing the number of insurance company insolvencies. AB 553 was authored by Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and was sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and …

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, …

Florida Bans Price Optimization; Insurers Question Definition

A memorandum released last week by Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty warning insurers in the state not to use price optimization in rating has gotten cheers from a consumer advocate group and jeers from an insurance industry trade association that …