Argo Group Offers Hurricane Insurance in Hawaii

May 12, 2008

Hawaii Insurance Commissioner J.P. Schmidt announced the formation of a partnership between Argo Group US and First Insurance Company of Hawai’i (FICOH). The new joint venture will offer hurricane insurance to First Insurance homeowners and dwelling fire policyholders. Argo Group is Rated “A” by A.M. Best.

“Argo Group will bring substantial new hurricane insurance capacity to our state, which is of critical importance to Hawai’i homeowners,” Schmidt said. “Argo’s entry into the Hawai’i market adds a new dimension to our goal of assuring easier access to hurricane insurance for Hawai’i’s consumers.”

Starting July 1, and continuing over the next 12 months, First Insurance will transfer approximately 13,000 hurricane endorsements FICOH writes in support of its homeowners and dwelling fire lines of businesses. Argo will issue new hurricane policies for those customers under the same basic terms and rates as First Insurance. First Insurance will continue to write the primary homeowners insurance.

“This will allow First Insurance to offer additional hurricane capacity to its commercial customers while continuing to make the coverage available to its personal line customers through this partnership with Argo,” Schmidt noted. “The end result will be a net gain of hurricane insurance capacity in the State of Hawai’i.”

Soure: DCCA

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