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Sharing is Caring... But What About the Risks?
Chris Cortner December 20, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Homeowners, Personal Lines, Ridesharing
The ease of entry into the sharing economy has introduced new risks to many who would have otherwise been full- or part-time employees unconcerned by business operational liabilities. These days, just about anyone can be on either side of the equation – as a service provider or purchaser. Among the most popular of these activities are ride sharing, home sharing, car sharing and on-demand labor. Here are some typical risk solutions for them.
Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke
Linda Brobeck November 27, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Homeowners, News
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” but the reverse is now top of mind for those of us in northern California. Since November 8th, the Camp Fire in Butte County has burned over 150,000 acres, over 17,000 structures and has claimed over 80 lives, with several hundred souls still missing. While I certainly don’t want to downplay the fire’s devastation, I do want to draw attention to another dangerous matter: the air pollution it has generated.
Parametric Insurance: A New Spin on an Old Product
During this year’s Pinnacle University (Pinnacle U) event, we presented an overview of parametric insurance. Unlike traditional insurance coverage, parametric insurance is not an indemnification product. Instead, it determines a benefit payable in advance of the policy purchase by estimating the loss as accurately as possible, subject to certain conditions being satisfied. The cost of the policy is based on a pre-determined trigger. Examples might include maximum sustained wind speed for hurricane coverage or earthquake magnitude as measured by the Richter scale.
Will Wildfire Losses Continue to Spread?
Zach Brogadir June 05, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers, News
At the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Spring Meeting, I had the pleasure of moderating a session entitled, What You Don't Know about Wildfires… Can Cost You. The topic drew a lot of interest, as 2017 was the most destructive and costly wildfire season ever recorded in the United States. The devastating wildfires affecting Northern California in October and Southern California in December claimed 43 lives and caused an estimated nearly $12 billion of insured losses. While California claimed the majority of 2017 wildfire losses, only about 13% of the total U.S. acres burned were in California. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, less densely-populated Montana and Nevada saw an even greater amount of burn. In total, wildfires scorched nearly double the 2016 area.
Hail Yes!!
Linda Brobeck December 07, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers
Following major hurricane losses, the insurance industry responded on several levels. It built sophisticated models to better predict and mitigate resulting losses. It actively supported regulations and building codes to ensure more durable building materials and processes. It created windstorm pools to share the cost of essentially uninsurable risks in the eyes of the private market, to name just a few changes.
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