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Insurance Giant Allianz Targets Climate Change Risk: Expending “Unavoidable Emissions”

July 11, 2014 in General

Picture_Martin_EwaldAfter chatting with Barclays’ Director of Citizenship Jillian Fransen on the financial institution’s allegiance to carbon offsetting and how she is leveraging the increasingly popular mechanism to not only offset its unavoidable carbon footprint, I turned to insurance giant Allianz who has also chosen to use carbon offsetting to target deforestation and reduce its environmental footprint.

Excerpts from my conversation with Martin Ewald, Head of Investment Strategy and Renewable Energy/Infrastructure Equity with Allianz Global Investors.


Got a Citizens policy? Big change delayed — but coming

June 30, 2014 in General

hal computerIf you have an insurance policy from state-run insurer Citizens — and 900,000 folks do — your decision to renew that policy may be taken out of your hands by a computer.

This key part of the company’s “clearinghouse”  has been delayed again, officials said this week. But it’s coming, Citizens says.

Originally it was supposed to happen in January. Then the second quarter of 2014. Now the company has set its sights on early September, affecting policies that renew Nov. 1 or later. Technical challenges have been blamed, though company officials are trying to avoid repeating one executive’s comparison to the famously-balky launch of the federal health care website.


May 22, 2014 in General

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Farmers Insurance recently filed nine class action lawsuits against approximately 200 Chicago communities.  The gist of the lawsuits states that the local governments should be held liable for the costs of climate change because they should have known that global warming  temperatures would cause heavier rains and storms—yet, they didn’t prepare their sewers and storm-drains enough to handle the natural disasters.  It is the first suit of its kind.

The lawsuit stems from the April 2013 flooding that occurred in Illinois which caused hundreds of millions in damage.   A Farmers spokesman would not specify how much the company paid in insurance claims, and none of the suits specified a damage amount.

Catastrophe Modelling and Climate Change

May 18, 2014 in General

Lloyd’s / contributing authors: Ralf Toumi and Lauren Restall

The potential for climate change to drive changes in the severity and likelihood of extreme weather events could have implications for the accuracy of natural catastrophe models. This report examines whether and how catastrophe models account for climate change through a series of case studies provided by a range of academic and commercial model providers.

[Full Text Reports]  The debate over whether climate change is a man-made phenomenon is no longer as important as the debate over how to plan for, and mitigate, the risks posed by it.

Clarifications and Tweaks Continue to Change ACA Implementation

April 19, 2014 in General

Early 2014 has brought some clarifications and changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation. Read on for information about just a few of the changes employers should be aware of.

Health-Care System Reform: What Doctors Would Change

January 3, 2014 in General

Last month, MedPage Today started running a series of interviews in which they ask leading doctors a
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5 Reasons To Change Your Career

January 1, 2014 in General

Have you thought about becoming a Farmers agent?

District 84 would like to share 5 reasons we recommend starting your new career out as a Farmers Agent:

  1. Farmers agentBe your own boss – Get the freedom of running your own business with the security of partnering with an industry leader all in one.
  2. Let your hard work benefit you – Farmers agents receive ongoing commissions for every active policy they close. Your income builds as you build your business. Now that’s called incentive!

Transportation App That Hails Taxis Could Change How You Purchase

November 5, 2013 in General

telematics car insuranceWhat Hailo has done for the taxi industry, it could one day do for other inefficient industries and those industries needing to be interrupted to develop a fresh new approach to consumerism.  The well-known taxi hailing app Hailo has a creator that sees his technology changing how people buy other services and goods.  Perhaps it will change how someone buys a car or purchases tickets to an event.  The outlook is open and promising according to the founder and those backing the technology.

Climate Change Impacts: Risk Assessment Trumps Scientific Uncertainty

July 6, 2013 in General

The science of climate change appears at the moment to be in a bit of a muddle. But the risk assessment of climate change is beginning to clarify in critical industries and institutions.

The scientific muddle surrounds deviations of some observed conditions from model predictions; specifically, the correlation and causation of increases in atmospheric CO2 emissions to atmospheric warming.  While the reason for an apparent divergence has been credibly attributed to a hypothesis of accelerating warming in deeper regions of the oceans, this hypothesis is not likely to be proven or disproved with sufficient data for some time.

In your heart, do you really believe that President Romney will change any of the Obama Care health plan?

May 9, 2013 in Health insurance

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